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[Genius Loci] December 2022

1 December 2022

November came and went and it seems like the place that captured too much of our attention was a virtual one. The news of Elon Musk’s mishandling of Twitter is but another reminder that we shouldn’t spend too much time building our social networks 1) on other people’s platforms or 2) online.

I’m not deleting my Twitter account just yet, but I have joined Mastodon. If you’ve joined Mastodon, let’s connect:

Though, I have deleted the Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook apps from my phone and it has been… great. It has also been great for my mental health, especially during these past few months which have been more challenging for me than usual.

I’m not sure I will ever reinstall these apps on my phone; they’re too tempting — too distracting —, and without them I can focus more on what matters… like The Hill of the Skull, which is the working title of my new book. That reminds me, time to get back to work.

Now, onto what you came for:

Last month we published

※ A guest podcast interview by Bill Colegrave with Sara Wheeler on Travel Writing World
※ An author profile of Anne Winkler-Morey on Travel Writing World
※ An interview with photographer Alys Tomlinson on my website.
※ Three photobook reviews on my website.

The roundup

Below is a collection of interesting links from around the web and published within the last month. While some of the links point to paywalled publications, most do not.

Audio & video

↪️ Rolf Potts speaks with Tim Cahill, Kate Harris, and Ari Shaffir on his podcast Deviate.

🎧 JRNY Magazine podcast has published an interview with writer and editor Emma Gibbs.

🌊 Jo Frances Penn speaks with C.L. Stambush about India on her Books and Travel podcast.

🪑 The Armchair Explorer podcast published podcasts about diver Pier Nirandara and Rolf Potts.

🐪 Ryan Murdock speaks with Gordon Peake about foreign aid on the Personal Landscapes podcast.

📚 Michelle Jana Chan speaks with Anthony Sattin on her podcast The Wandering Book Collector.

💡 Travel writer Tim Hannigan discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known (including Eland Books).

🚴 The Backlisted podcast hosts chat about Dervla Murphy and Full Tilt.


🏖 Deskbound Traveller Michael Kerr recommends his favorite travel photography books of 2022. (🔒)

🌄 2022 Natural Landscape Photography Awards: The Winners.

🥇 Announcing the Winners of the 2022 PhotoBook Awards.

🌄 Ernst Haas has an exhibit of his photos of the American West. (🔒)

🤩 Are modern photos too perfect?

🙈 An extraordinary treasure trove: Saul Leiter’s unseen images.

🇨🇳 Thomas Bird writes on the photos of the real China: the rise and rise of photographer Chen Ronghui.

🐴 Breathtaking off-kilter photos that take you on a semi-fictional journey.

Books & literature

🏔 Anne and Bill Frej have published what looks to be a gorgeous book about nearly 40 years of trekking the Himalayas, Travels Across the Roof of the World, with an introduction by Edwin Bernbaum.

🏖 Deskbound Traveller Michael Kerr also recommends his favorite travel books to buy for Christmas 2022. (🔒)

🚺 14 titles have been chosen for the the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.

🏆 The US National Book Award was held and Imani Perry won the top nonfiction prize for her South to America.

🏔 The 2022 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature goes to both Brian Hall, for High Risk: Climbing to Extinction and to Helen Mort for A Line Above The Sky.

🎖 The full list of the 2022 Banff Mountain Book Competition Awards winners.

📚 Psychogeographic Review’s Books of the Year for 2022.

🥇 Tharik Hussain won the British Guild of Travel Writing’s Travel Narrative Book of the Year 2022 for Minarets in the Mountains.

🧗🏾‍♂️ A roundup of women’s climbing & mountaineering books.

🌐 Alexander Maitland, lecturer, artist and author of Exploring the World, selects from his library some of his favorite and formative reads.

🇦🇪 Pico Iyer talks about his forthcoming book.

🌍 The Path of Peace by Anthony Seldon review – a trail of painful history.

🦜 Six books for bird nerds and nature lovers.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Thomas Ratcliffe Barnett’s Scottish nature writing conjured magical words of wisdom.

🥉 New Nature Writer of the Year 2022: three highly commended entries.


📓 We’re sad to see that the online and print journal Pilgrim House is closing down.

✏️ Have you subscribed to Yasmin Chopin’s substack Place Writing?

📕 The surprising feminist history of the travel guidebook.

🌊 Bell wins Nature Writing Prize for Working-Class Writers for ‘original’ piece A Prayer to the Sea.

🕺 The Choreography of Everyday Life: A Leaping Antidote to Our Modern Loneliness.

🚫 US judge blocks a merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. (🔒)

👨‍💻 How James Clear is writing his next book.

📉 The American book market heads downward in NPD’s BookScan data.

🐦 Goodbye to all that: a writer on leaving Twitter.

💡 Oliver Holmes thinks about how to have ideas (and other ideas) via The Imperfectionist.

🌻 Rewilding Is Redefining Nature And Adventure Travel.

🪶 Frances Densmore, the woman who saved Native-American song.

🧘‍♀️ How to Move a Mind: Barry Lopez on the Power of Metaphor Over Data.

👩‍💻 The fine women behind the Talking Travel Writing newsletter advise why starting a travel blog might be a good financial decision for travel writers.

🇹🇭 The joy of off-season in Thailand.

🏅 The 2022 AiTO award winners were announced via Twitter, but they haven’t updated their website yet…

🇦🇴 A lethal legacy of landmines in Angola.

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