By Rebecca Solnit

No matter if she is considering the historical past of jogging as a cultural and political adventure during the last 200 years (Wanderlust), or utilizing the lifetime of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to debate the adjustments of house and time in overdue nineteenth-century the US (River of Shadows), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as an artistic and unique author whose brain is bold within the connections it makes. A box consultant to Getting Lost attracts on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit's personal lifestyles to discover problems with wandering, being misplaced, and the makes use of of the unknown. the result's a particular, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery.

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Ivy had long black hair and sharp and pretty features. Her cheeks glowed red and her breath was hot. She died later of quick consumption. At one station, after we had finished unloading the freight, a trainman told a smutty story. He used words I did not like, and a revulsion came over me. Strange, down, far down in the gutters where nothing but the sludge and murk of life rolled by, I was never to overcome my revulsion from the filth of it all. If my clothing was lousy I watched clouds sailing across the moon and heard linnets chirping and larks singing.

Amy was fond of seltzer and whiskey high-balls. When she became particularly illuminated, she would act quite girlish, and pick up the seltzer bottle and squirt some of its contents in my face. I would join in the laugh, for Amy was my boss, AMY, THE BEAUTIFUL FAT Gm,L 45 and a generous one besides. I felt that she must have her fun, and though a trifle confused, I would keep on reciting doggerel while the seltzer itched in my eyes, and trickled down my face. Amy's legs were as big as telephone poles, and ber arms were larger than the legs of a big man.

56 BEGGARS OF LIFE "We're flatter 'n feet wit' broken arches," replied Bill. "Come an' eat then," said the one-armed man. A breeze came up and swayed the tops of the trees in the woods. The sun threw leafy shadows across the car-door table. The greed of hungry men was the only thing that spoiled the scene. Birds darted over the landscape and flew low across the broad river. The geese swam leisurely in the direction of the tramps. The one-armed man looked up from his food and noticed the handsome buff-colored goose that swam in the lead.

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