Erling Kagge with Becky L. Crook
Here from Oslo, where he is renowned as author, publisher, lawyer, art collector, and intrepid explorer - he was the first person to attain the South and North Poles, and the summit of Mount Everest, all on foot - is Erling Kagge. The 2017 translation of his book, Silence: In the Age of Noise, met with such a response that there was no doubt a companion volume, Walking: One Step at a Time (Pantheon, translated by Becky L. Crook), would follow in its wake in English.
“An homage to walking . . . Throughout this brief but eloquent meditation, the author makes a convincing case for the importance of walking. For him, walking is not simply taking a series of steps; it is something thrilling and amazing . . . A thoughtful book-length essay on a taken-for-granted human activity . . . Fascinating.”—Kirkus Reviews.
“Searing and soaring….For Kagge, silence is more than the absence of sound: it is the incubator for thought, the conscious eradication of external distraction, and the ability to live in one’s own mind as fully as one lives in the physical world. Infused with powerfully evocative art and photographs that enhance his salient concepts, Kagge’s treatise on this endangered commodity provides an intriguing meditation for mindful readers.” —Booklist on Silence.
His translator, Seattle-based Becky L. Crook, will join him here for onstage conversation as part of this evening.