I promised that I'd write book reviews for the next post. Well, now the next post is the present post,
Corporal Glass's Island: The Story of Tristan da Cunha by Nancy Hosegood (1966)
Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon (1979)
The author accounts his trip around the world on a Triumph motorcycle. It includes plot elements spanning human and physical geography. Even deserts! I've read it twice (2011, 2015). One of the best travel books ever.
Pros: weaves seamlessly between sociopolitical observations and motorcycle problems, free of the full-of-oneselfness of Paul Theroux, but with a whiff of British colonial sentiment
Cons: there are story gaps that are partially addressed in his sequel Riding High
Quote: "It is not only pressure from outside that threatens this culture. A woman yesterday asked me, with a satisfied smirk on her pretty face, whether I knew that Rhodesia had the highest divorce rate in the world. Adultery, the Enemy Within."
I've rushed through these reviews a bit because I'm eager to grab a coffee and start reading a bunch of literature about place. I've been focusing too much on space lately, and it has clouded my academic judgment. This is more than nodes and links, my dear transport geographers; this is serious business.
On a final note, I will be adding another place to my 2016 travel itinerary: Scotland. I secured some funding to cross-pollinate expertise and ideas with colleagues at the University of Glasgow. I will keep you posted, but for now, you will have to settle with photos from the last time I was in that side of the world. Oh, August 1998!