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Psychogeography : disentangling the modern conundrum of psyche and place
Will Self
Adult Nonfiction G71.5 .S47 2007

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This artful and entertaining collection of essays by novelist Self (The Book of Dave) will delight anyone who enjoys his weekly column of the same name in the Independent or his last collection of essays, Feeding Frenzy. Here Self shifts from gonzo journalism to the study of psychogeography, the study of how geographical environments affect emotions and behavior. Setting off on a quest for the "intrinsic character" of various places as well as "the manner in which the contemporary world warps the relationship between psyche and place," Self casts a dismissive eye on most of the world. Singapore strikes him "as Basingstoke force-fed with pituitary gland"; Sao Paolo's lack of a street plan makes it "an unholy miscegenation between London and Los Angeles." But Steadman's beautifully harsh illustrations (worthy of their own book) and "Walking to New York," a previously unpublished semi-autobiographical meditation on life and death, reveal a surprising depth to Self's cynical insights. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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