Back in 1952, the great American science fiction writer Ray Bradbury published a short story called “The Pedestrian” in a small antifascist publication. The story, which was based on Bradbury’s own experience of being hassled by the cops while walking the streets of Los Angeles, imagined a world in which automobile dominance was so complete that walking for any purpose would be seen as a sign of mental illness. We take a look back at Bradbury’s dystopian vision, and talk with four people — paleoanthropologist Jeremy DeSilva and writers Garnette Cadogan, David Ulin and Antonia Malchik — about how walking contributes to our essential humanity, and what we lose when we build environments that make it impossible for people to walk.
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On the Link Between Obsessive Walking and Great Thinking. By Jeremy DeSilva at Literary Hub.
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This episode was recorded by Josh Wilcox at the Brooklyn Podcasting Studio. It was produced by Sarah. Ali Lemer edited and scored the episode. Curtis Fox read from “The Pedestrian.” Special episode music from Blue Dot Sessions. Our theme music is by Nathaniel Goodyear. Our logo was designed by Dani Finkel of Crucial D Designs.