Archives For Geography


One of this week’s best new book releases is:

The Color of Law:
A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein

Hardback: Liveright, 2017
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Here is a great interview that the author did
with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air… 

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A Faithful Journey.

A Brief Review of

The Pilgrim Journey: A History of Pilgrimage in the Western World
James Harpur

Hardback: Blue Bridge Books, 2016.
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Reviewed by Warren Hicks


In The Pilgrim Journey, James Harpur takes on the substantial task of summarizing the history of pilgrimage in the Western World. Given the slim volume he presents, I was dubious of just how well he would manage his objective. Given all of that, I think he pulls it off very well. Unlike the peregrinati or white pilgrims of the Celtic tradition, Harpur has a clear idea of his destination and moves there with alacrity, crisp language, and clear, compelling accounts of both legend and history while still allowing for the journey to inform as much or more than the destination. I consider that a faithful pursuit of pilgrimage and to be done efficiently in a book that could have easily been twice as long.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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California: A Novel

by Edan Lepucki

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“What does our Geography
Compel us to Believe?

A review of
What Can We Believe Where?:
Photographs of the American West.
By Robert Adams.

Reviewed by Brent Aldrich.

Robert Adams - WHAT CAN WE BELIEVE WHERE?What Can We Believe Where?:
Photographs of the American West.
Robert Adams.
Paperback: Yale UP, 2011.
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[ Editor’s Note: One of the very first reviews we ran on this site was Brent’s review of Robert Adams’ book Why People Photograph.  We are delighted to see him return to explore Adams’ work again. ]

A new collection of Robert Adams’ more than 40 years of photographs asks in the title “What Can We Believe Where?” I’d like to not underestimate the significance of that question, but to proceed on to three related questions Adams asks in a brief foreword: “What does our geography compel us to believe? What does it allow us to believe? And what obligations, if any, follow from our beliefs?”

Before diving into the photographs, then, it seems prescient to seriously consider the ramifications of this formulation of belief. In it, Adams moves the locus of belief from abstracted objectivity into particular places and contexts, which inform the beliefs of situated communities, even as these communities, in turn, inform the place. In this formulation of reality, Adams rejects the dissociation of ‘belief’ from material reality, along with any separation of people from particular places, or generalized ideas of ‘nature’ apart from specific human practices and culture.

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“Landscapes and Communities Defined
By Their Mutual Relationships

A review of
Nobody’s Property:
Art, Land, Space
By Kelly Baum.

Reviewed by Brent Aldrich.

Nobody’s Property: Art, Land, Space.
Kelly Baum.

Paperback:  Yale UP, 2010.
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Kelly Baum begins the new book Nobody’s Property: Art, Land, Space, 2000 – 2010, which includes essays and art from a current exhibition, with a quote, which is where I’d like to begin as well: “I am my relation to you.”[1] Thus Baum introduces the notion of the commons as an underwriting theme in these gathered art practices. Baum continues, “to invoke the commons… is to immediately raise the issue of human relations and their attendant social, political, economic, and spatial peculiarities. Generally speaking, the commons refers to places that prioritize accessibility and intersubjective exchange, as well as materials that belong to everyone and thus to no one in particular.”

The commons – and its wealth – is a beautiful model in our fragmented age, as any readers of Scott Russell Sanders or Wendell Berry is surely familiar. Of course, with the commons also comes its tragedy – an all to familiar reminder that in global capitalism, any land or even space has taken on commodity status.

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