A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Rebecca Solnit

Two good friends gave this the highest of ratings, so I took notice. A copy came through at the library just in time for a short trip down to the bay area, and it was pretty much the perfect reading for traveling, both in the subject matter and in the length of the essays. Every other one is called “The Blue of Distance,” and I love all the different ways Solnit explores this concept.

It occurred to me while reading that this exactly how I wish The Future of Nostalgia was written: not just fluffy ideas on being lost but contextual and personal. Many of the essays seem to progress through haphazardly connected stream-of-consciousness, seeming to get lost themselves in sidetracking, only to come to something lovely at the end.