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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.
I' just reading it now and enjoying the premise of the book, allowing ourselves to really look and explore our daily walks and surroundings. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Marthelma C. Gaman
Delivers what it promised and I did pick a few hints from it, but most of it was common sense and if I had been able to skim it in a store I would not have wasted my money.Published 10 months ago by Thomas Wilson
The fact that Stilgoe is a Harvard professor led me to presume that this book would have some factual content, in addition to the obvious exhortation to dreamily explore the built... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrea Bellevue
This book is a required text for a master's degree course. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a fresh perspective on the world around. Read morePublished 14 months ago by artsy
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 17 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 18 months ago by Verity