The Other Walk

One of America's finest literary critics brings us 45 short autobiographical pieces meditating on the necessity and delight of quiet contemplation in a busy existence. With topics ranging from a cherished photo of his son to the majesty of the Roman Colosseum, Sven Birkert's thoughtful and elegant pensées reveal the enchantment awaiting anyone who slows down long enough to look.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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