Issue #025 Published: 30-07-2019 // Written by: Jacqueline Schoemaker

Join the AA Reading Group!

Join the AA Reading Group! Every two months we organise an evening in which we discuss a particular book. Books include non-fiction about current social and political matters as well as new and older literary texts. The sessions are open to everyone and free of charge.

The second book on the reading list is Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit. In this 2001 ‘history of walking’, writer and activist Rebecca Solnit investigates the politics, philosophy and human pleasure in walking. “Drawing on a huge array of sources, from Rousseau and Wordsworth to Patti Smith, she considers the evolution of walking as a recreational pastime, its meditative and philosophical qualities and even how sexual politics make walking on the streets very different for men and women. As well as looking at how our attitudes towards walking have shaped our cities (and vice versa), she takes a stroll through modern suburban landscapes and considers what the future of walking might be in an increasingly car-friendly world” (Observer).

There will be no central presentation of the themes in the book. Instead, you’ll discuss your views, thoughts, favourite passages, points of critique and further suggestions informally in a small group.

The discussion of Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust takes place in De Peper (OT301 - Overtoom 301) on Tuesday 3rd September from 20.30hrs–22hrs.
The venue will need to prepare the space for us, so we ask you to sign up for the event no later than 27th August by sending an email to:
readinggroup@amsterdamalternative.nl