Posts Tagged ‘pilgrimage’

White Sands

White Sands
“Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” The first essay in Geoff Dyer’s new book White Sands asks these questions through Gauguin’s painting of the same title, which shows several Tahitian women in various poses of recline. Dyer travels to Tahiti in pursuit of the artist and the answers to
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South Toward Home

South Toward Home
“The South is not just the setting;” Alabama-born Margaret Eby writes in her new book South Toward Home, “it’s the soul of the thing.” Her conclusion comes at the finish of a winding road trip through the Deep South (Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia), literary sites dotting her map. Eby describes her pilgrimage—and the act of
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An Interview with David Downie

An Interview with David Downie
In his new book A Passion for Paris David Downie embarks on an irreverent secular pilgrimage to the most romantic sites in Paris, weaving his own observations of the city’s most alluring parks, atmospheric cafes and inspiring vistas with those of literary lights Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire and other great Romantics. In this interview
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Travels in Vermeer

Travels in Vermeer
In Travels in Vermeer poet and professor Michael White copes with the aftermath of his divorce by studying Johannes Vermeer paintings around the world. White stumbles into this mechanism accidentally when he takes an impromptu spring break trip to Amsterdam to escape life. While there, he visits the Rijksmuseum and walks into the Vermeer room,
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