Monday, 22 August 2016

'Flaneuse: Women Walk the City' by Lauren Elkin

A recent book has come to light - 'Flaneuse: Women Walk the City' by Lauren Elkin - due to being a Radio 4's "book of the week" this Augus. All episodes can be listened to on iplayer via this following link -

This following description is for an interview of Laura Elking talking about her book with Brian Dillon in the London Review Bookshop

"The flâneur – an almost invariably male idler dawdling through city streets with no apparent purpose in mind – is familiar to us from the works of Baudelaire, Benjamin and Edmund White. In a glorious blend of memoir, cultural history and psychogeography, Lauren Elkin investigates the little-considered female equivalent, from George Sand to Agnes Varda and Sophie Calle, leading us through the streets of London, Tokyo, Venice, New York and, of course, Paris. Lauren Elkin, a contributing editor at the White Review, was at the shop to discuss the phenomenon of the flâneuse, and her own walking life with Brian Dillon."

The interview can be listened to here - (direct link to mp3 file)

The book "Flaneuse: Women Walk the City" by Lauren Elkin (isbn 978-0701189020) is currently available in hardback. (Waterstones, Abebooks)