Werner Herzog on Walking

PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER: You bring up so many of what one might call your obsessions, though I’m
not sure you will take well to that word. One of the interesting clusters of ideas that come up in my mind
as you speak is the importance walking has for you, and you have sometimes likened walking to
filmmaking and seen a relationship between the two.

WERNER HERZOG: I would be careful to call it walking. There is no real expression in English. I
would call it traveling on foot. And traveling on foot is something that we have lost out of our
civilization. But we are made for traveling on foot—physically we are made for traveling on foot, and in
our minds to move at a certain pace, and seeing things with intimacy and seeing the details and having
en route, you have only substantial encounters. If you run out of water—I had a canteen, and on a hot
day and no creek, nothing, and so I had to knock at a door of a farmhouse and ask whether I could fill
my canteen at his tap, at his faucet, sure, he would allow me and would ask me, “Where do you come
from?” And I said, “I come from Meiningen,” he said, “How?” And I said, “I came walking, well, a
thousand kilometers,” “Really?” From that moment on you only have an exchange of very, very
fundamental human things. He would tell me the story of his very last day in the Second World War,
where he was captured, that he has not told his family for thirty-five years or forty years and you would
have only, only, only the most essential encounters, and I have walked around Germany following the
border. I have walked once to Lotte Eisner when she dying, and I would not like her to die, I wouldn’t
like to allow her to die.

Taken from a transcript of a talk at the New York Public Library. Many thanks to the lady in Upstate New York who sent it to me.

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SAVAGE MESSIAH WALK ALONG THE PATH OF THE RIVER FLEET.

CAUTION! THIS IS NOT A GUIDED TOUR!!!!!
SAVAGE MESSIAH WALK ALONG THE PATH OF THE RIVER FLEET.
As part of Housmans bookshop ‘London’s burning’ programme of events Laura Oldfield Ford invites you to join a collective tracing of the Fleet, one of London’s lost rivers.
Saturday 4th July
First meeting point 2pm Hampstead tube—
Second meeting point 4pm approx Quinns public house, the point where the two tributaries of the Fleet converge.. 65, Kentish Town Rd, London, NW1 8NY
–end approx 6pm Housman’s Bookshop, Caledonian Road, Kings Cross N1 where we will be showing London films, more info to follow.
This event is FREE but we will be collecting donations at Housmans for food and drink.
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Fleet road/ Gospel Oak Estate/ Irish boozers in Malden road/ Queens crescent Man of Aran pub/ Royal College stret/ Rimbaud and Verlaine’s house/ St pancras churchyard……

BRING… old maps, booze, chalk, codeine.
www.housmans.com
vach

Public Reading Rooms
5, Caledonian Road
Kings Cross
London N1 9DX
http://www.1968andallthat.net/publicreadingrooms
http://www.myspace.com/publicreadingrooms

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Sunset on the Lea

I took this photo on my phone towards the end of a 7.5 mile walk home from Kentish Town after work. As I crossed the Eastway facing the carnage of the Olympic Park construction site the sun was setting directly down the course of the River Lea.

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