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Guiding us on tracks laid by utility and railroad companies, showing us the hidden territory of postal systems, Stilgoe reminds us that important frontiers lie invisible in our backyards and side streets, waiting for our attention. Though more interested in showing us how to see than telling us what there is to see, his descriptions of power-line right-of-ways, alley-side entrances, and hobo jungles provide compelling incentive for the reader to take his advice to heart and start looking around and asking questions of the community. If you think it's important to "think locally," Outside Lies Magic is an outstanding training manual. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the most insightful books I have read on the topic of cultural landscapes. Stilgoe's expertise is on early American landscapes but he demonstrates clearly that he is as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emily Smith
This book includes fascinating historical anecdotes as well as suggestions for readers to use observational techniques to learn more about the world they live in. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Verity
The author appeared on 60 Minutes and it was at that point that I knew I had to read his book. Years later, I have finally gotten around to it and it really helps you to understand... Read morePublished 12 months ago by JJBeard
That is it in a nutshell. He presents the idea of slowing down and letting nature focus your thoughts and direct you on a derive through any town at anytime on any day.Published 12 months ago by C. Robinson
Stilgoe brings up some interesting concepts about the world around us. However, he is a bit hard to follow at times. He tends to go off on various tangents.Published 16 months ago by J. White
I took John's book seriously, and as I would finish a chapter, I would take a long walk around my neighborhood, and see so many new things. Well done, easy to follow ideas.Published 20 months ago by G. G. Davis
What an interesting book about "under the rug" America, the parts of our country... and of each of our communities... Read morePublished on July 28, 2011 by Puzzle teacher
This is a wonderful book that urges us to walk, to look down, up and around, to observe ordinary things, such as telephone poles or gutters or trodden paths. Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by Elizabeth Atkins
you should get outdoors more often! Professor Stilgoe fascinates the reader with bringing to life, everyday cityscapes, and towns! Read morePublished on February 4, 2010 by Book Reader