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The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
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Insightful and very interesting perspectives on travel. It's a window into a world I don't experience much (nor am that interested in). I say that with full respect because the link between art and travel is a beautiful one. But I don't feel like I need art to help me enjoy my travels. I travel for the sights and sounds and smells, but most of all I travel for the people I meet. I don't travel so much to find myself (at least not anymore), and so the self-centredness of some of the people he talks about comes off as egoistic and pretentious (almost as irritating as the subversive nationalism: if Flaubert hated France so much why did he not emigrate?!). And while some time ago I might have come away reading this book thinking I needed to appreciate more art, instead I realise that I am comfortable forgetting the artists and poets of old and instead embracing the modernity and distinct post-modernism (post-art in the classical sense) we inhabit. The world is beautiful, I'm glad I don't need a guide to see that.
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