Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places

Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places Outside Lies Magic Is A Book About The Acute Observation Of Ordinary Things, About Becoming Aware In Everyday Places, About Seeing In Utterly New Ways, About Enriching Your Life UnexpectedlyFor ThanYears, John R Stilgoe Has Developed And Practiced The Art Of Exploring The Everyday World Around Us, Where So Much Lies Hidden Just Beneath The Surface, Offering Uncommon Knowledge If We But Know What To Look For In This Remarkable Book, Stilgoe Inspires Us To Become Explorers On Our Own On Foot Or On Bicycle And By So Doing To Reap The Benefits Of Escaping, Even Temporarily, The Traps Of Our Programmed Lives Exploration Encourages Creativity, Serendipity, Invention, He Writes And While Sharing His Insights On How To Explore, Stilgoe Provides A Fascinating Pocket History Of The American Landscape, As Striking In Its Originality As It Is Revealing Stilgoe Dissects Our Visual Surroundings His Observations Will Transform The Way You See Everything Through His Eyes, An Abandoned Railroad Line Is Redolent Of History And Future Promise Front Lawns Recall Our Agrarian Past Vacant Lots Hold Cathedrals Of PotentialFrom The Electrical Grid Overhead To Fences, Malls, And Main Streets, Stilgoe Offers A Fresh Understanding Of The Links And Fractures In Our Society After Reading Outside Lies Magic, Your World Will Never Look The Same Again

John Stilgoe is an award winning historian and photographer who is the Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape at the Visual and Environmental Studies Department of Harvard University, where he has been teaching since 1977 He is also a fellow of the Society of American Historians He was featured on a Sixty Minutes episode in 2004 entitled The Eyes Have It.

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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places
  • John R. Stilgoe
  • English
  • 16 July 2019
  • 9780802775634

10 thoughts on “Outside Lies Magic: Regaining History and Awareness in Everyday Places

  1. says:

    3.5I want a bike

  2. says:

    The jacket describes this book as being about the acute observation of ordinary things Being a person than a few have described as observant , I was curious to see what Professor Stilgoe had to say about being an everyday explorer.Stilgoe is the Professor of Landscape History at Harvard, and was featured on 60 minutes a couple of years ago describing the art of exploration, which is the title of the course he teaches While I didn t watch the 60 minutes piece, I remembered his name as I saw his book on the shelf of Vroman s, and figured I would give it a try.Stilgoe has certainly made an art out of exploration, writing extremely eloquently about it After only a few pages, you soon realize that his writing style has a purpose, he writes how he means to live He takes you on a meandering journey filled with interesting, yet unlinked, observations There is exploration aplenty, but to readers accustomed to writing that approaches a goal of some sort, it may be frustrating.But Stilgoe does a nice job of taking you by the hand and walking you through our urban environment, all the while pointing out to you features that were previously in the realm of the mundane, but now with a dash of history and a drop of context seem incredibly interesting On my walk home from a commute spent reading his chapter on Lines , I found myself seeing transformers, coaxial cables, and manhole covers for the first time Like Stilgoe, I was also prompted to wonder why our country persists with creosote daubed telephone poles when steel or concrete would be a much solid choice.However eloquent this book is, after a couple of chapters it becomes less of a pleasant stroll, and political Not in the overt way of proselytizing for a particular party, but selling you on a certain ideal Stilgoe teaches you not only how to look at various aspects of our urban environment, but he also begins to tell you how you should feel which aspects are important than others, and which urban patterns need to make a comeback While one may not agree with all of his views, he makes a particularly strong case for why the glory days of the railroad will soon return.Overall this was a pleasant and quick read, which made me think a bit about why things are the way they are, and what that may mean for what they become tomorrow Unfortunately it didn t open the treasure chest of secrets I thought it might, but maybe that s why I ve already been pegged as observant.

  3. says:

    Absolutely loved this little book it will teach you to explore and look at the outside world closely, with a different eye Exploration, Dr Stilgoe writes, is a liberal art because it is an art that liberates, that frees, that opens from narrowness A gem.

  4. says:

    This is a manifesto A prompt to become an explorer to go on leisurely, long walks or bike rides to take the time to observe one s surroundings and muse on them, for the sheer pleasure of it It s also a proof of concept, as Stilgoe weaves together insights on seemingly mundane features of the landscape from the hum of power lines to angled parking spots to the plantings by motels off the highway It s a beautiful book Outdoors, away from things experts have already explained, the slightly thoughtful person willing to look around carefully for a few minutes, to scrutinize things about which he or she knows nothing in particular, begins to be aware, to notice, to explore And almost always, that person starts to understand, to see great cultural and social and economic and political patterns unnoticed by journalists and other experts In that understanding may come a desire to cry out, to tell friends or family or total strangers about discoveries great and small, but the understanding may just as well produce a secrecy, a quiet smile, a satisfied nod Whatever else that understanding of exploration, of discovery, brings, it brings a specialness, a near magic to the explorer that attracts other people who want to know what is so worth looking at. p 186

  5. says:

    Stilgoe s enthusiasm leaps off the page This is a swift, entertaining book, an optimistic book about the joys of looking at the world Sign me up I d happily ramble around the city and country with him

  6. says:

    Not at all what I was expecting, but a very interesting discussion of infrastructure and the building of America.

  7. says:

    Outside Lies Magic is an inspirational call to exploration John Stilgoe, however, does not call upon the reader to leave home and explore distant lands instead, he points out that many places nearby remain unexplored While it may seem strange for an author to find wonder in power lines and abandoned railroad tracks, Stilgoe provides a relatively freeform narrative that illustrates how places that most people overlook tell detailed stories of how people lived and worked in the past Stilgoe s book provides a set of examples, admittedly limited, of how a casual observer can read the landscape around them.This work doesn t strive to be a comprehensive guide to urban exploration There are no footnotes, no bibliography, and no suggestions for further reading The uplifting rhetoric in this book, in the end, centers on a strikingly simple objective Stilgoe wants to inspire his readers to get up, go outside, and have a good look around.

  8. says:

    You see from a bicycle than you do from a car You see even from a balloon tire Schwinn than you do from a carbon fiber Pinarello.That s why author John Stilgoe, in Outside Lies Magic, says to choose the cruiser Bicycle to the store, he says, then ride down the alley toward the railroad tracks, bump across the uneven bricks by the loading dock grown up in thistle and chicory, pedal harder uphill toward the Victorian houses converted into funeral homes, make a quick circuit of the school yard, coast downhill , tail the city bus for a mile or two, swoop through a multilevel parking garage, glide past the firehouse back door, slow down and catch your reflection in the plate glass windows Where s Stilgoe taking us Nowhere in particular and that s the point of exploring from

  9. says:

    A wonderful book that explores the mundane and encourages us to get out and look at what we take for granted everyday From the powerlines to mailboxes Stilgoe teaches us of the reason behind these everyday inventions and leads the reader to think about how these everyday conveniences have impacted the built environment.I have told everyone important to me about this book and encourage everyone to read it I found it fascinating The sentence structure on occasions required a re read of the passage for understanding but besides that this is a little book with a tremendous amount of information you will be sharing with your friends and as conversation staters at your next dinner party.One of the few books I would hold onto to explore again.

  10. says:

    I m actually re reading this book I first read it a few years ago and liked it very much, but couldn t recall the title or the author I own a copy of another Stilgoe book titled Train Time, and seeing it was enough to finally jog my memory Leave the car at home Walk or ride a bicycle Look, really look, at the human built environment.

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