Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places
John Stilgoe, professor of Landscape History, has spent a lifetime studying the mysterious and complex inner workings of cities and towns. With this book, he encourages more of us to get out and explore our home ground. As an antidote to all the distractions of our digital age, Stilgoe prescribes the kind of unplanned exploration we all excelled at as children. Outside Lies Magic guides us toward knowing our common landscape better, from the electrical grid over our heads to the watercourses that once determined our histories — and no doubt will again. William Stafford, in his understated way, wrote that the greatest ownership of all is to look around and understand. Enjoy your local rambles — there’s a story around every corner!
and, from the Land Library’s shelves, here are some street-smart guides for all your explorations:
Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology by David Williams, The Sibley Guide to Trees by David Allen Sibley, Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History and Culture of Clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, A Field Guide to Roadside Technology by Ed Sobey, The Works: Anatomy of a City by Kate Ascher, Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness by Lyanda Lynn Haupt