Patti Smith on prepping for concerts: "I would roam the streets for a few hours"
"the way such walking might toughen and sharpen the sensibility, wrap one in an isolation.."
In the city one is alone because the world is made up from strangers, and to be a stranger surrounded by strangers, to walk along silently bearing one's secrets and imagining those of the people one passes, is among the starkest luxuries.
"Gay focuses on walking as an art - an art of protecting oneself from splashes, assaults and indiginites"
In London " the great accounts of walking have to do not with the open and cheerful display of ordinary life and desires but rather with nocturnal scenes, crime, suffering, outcasts and the darker side of the imagination"
Walking is only the beginning of cititizenship, but through it citizens know his or her city and fellow citizens and truly inhabits the city rather than a small privatized part thereof.
"Access to public space as equally necessary for making art"
"Even in times when women could walk by day, the night was often off limits to them, unless they had become women of the night"
"If walking is primary cultural act and a crucial way of being in the world, those who have been unable to walk as far out as their feet could take them have been denied not merely exercise or recreation but a vast portion of their humanity."
The information is in your head
and on your mind; you leave your home computer not for the mind but
for the body, not for the head but for the genitals. You go out to shake
your body loose, you go out to shake rattle and roll.