Richard Mabey and Iain Sinclair met for the first time in 2010, and went for a walk through the urban fringe that Mabey describes in The Unofficial Countryside. A place that Iain Sinclair has also thoroughly mapped in his own writing . It was a fascinating meeting. A small moment of literary history, really. Two of the great living writers journeying through a shared territory. This short video is a fragment of that journey. @ Little Toller
While taking walks through her neighborhood in Sacramento, California, photographer Roberta Neidigh started to pay specific attention to the divisions between the suburban yards. These were places where carefully manicured lawns met crumbling driveways, and fences met fences in unexpected ways. These observations turned into the inspiration for her series of photos called Property Line.
When the human project fails, when London lies in ruins, it will be the old Lea who leads the great river rebellion. Rise! she’ll cry, arise! From Dagenham to Hounslow the rivers of London will burst free from their subterranean prisons, spilling crocodiles onto the streets to feast on the last survivors, engulfing the lowlands, swallowing up old marshes and turning parks into new marshes. Brooks will become streams. Streams will become rivers. Those rivers will connect with each other like re-awakening synapses until the form a single aquatic consciousness. She will remember a time before her humiliation at the hands of humankind, when the waters of the world were united as one, and the land was a lonely continent.Gareth Rees, Marshland
I look at a tree and the tree doesn’t tell me anything.” A tree, according to Zumthor, is an object worthy of his fascination and admiration, due to its lack of presumption: “The tree does not have a message; The tree does not want to sell me something. The tree won’t say to me – ‘look at me, I am so beautiful, I am more beautiful than the other trees.’ It’s just a tree – and it’s beautiful.” To him, a tree is a pure being of obsolete presence; in his simple terms: “Nothing special – incredibly powerful.architect Peter Zumthor (whose Bruder Klaus Field Chapel was a touchstone for my novel)
This small island has little known history that I am aware of, and lacks a modern purpose as well. This makes the island unique and gives it the distinction of Boston Harbor’s least interesting island.
Raccoon Island is the nearest island to me, just around the point on the other side of our peninsula. Its uselessness makes it endearing.