Free eBook: The Physics of Flocking

| December 6, 2010 | 4 Comments
flocking Free eBook: The Physics of Flocking

The Physics of Flocking

Kathryn and I are really excited to announce my new eBook, The Physics of Flocking. This 60-page downloadable eBook gathers my favourite writing (some of which has appeared in some form or another on this blog) along with some new reflections. Taking a page from our ‘Looking Back‘ series, the book includes occasional entries from my journals that date back to 2001 when I first began writing about travelling abroad. They are paired with a picture in the form of a ‘verbal postcard’. Below, you’ll find some promotional copy — but if you’d rather just check it out quickly, it’s available as a free download here.

The Physics of Flocking

For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like ‘Looking Back‘ and ‘The Whole Picture‘—along with new reflections.

Free Download

The Physics of Flocking is available as a free download here. Since its release on December 5, 2010, it has been downloaded [downloadcounter(thephysicsofflocking)] times.

Acrobat Reader

While other formats are available, Two Go Round-The-World has chosen PDF as the format for the eBooks available through and from our site. Acrobat works on a wide range of computer platforms, including Macintosh and Windows. If you don’t already have it, you can download and install the appropriate version for your computer from here.

Reviews

In The Physics of Flocking, Daniel from Two Go Round-The-World travels through a Far East of haunting contrasts, where “Roadside children collect lotus flowers to weave into bracelets” while feet away are landmines “like knives asleep in kitchen drawers imagining meat.” Startling perceptions of past and present, teeming streets and loneliness, killing fields and open sky are juxtaposed in finely textured images, drawing us to touch the mystery hidden between “the agony and beauty”. How refreshing to read poems that “Make themselves as small as possible” and reach outward, not only to look closely at a far corner of the world, but through it, for glimpses of enduring value—”to see a little light”

— Susan Dial

Daniel sends postcards from Beijing, the Mekong Delta and other parts of Asia. He observes time’s transformational power reducing once-potent bombshells to children’s toys, while the laughter of Laotian children slips into dreams of Walt Whitman occupying the poetic underworld of Calcutta. His writing resonates with eerie melodies of absence, in grisly meditations at Hanoi, Phnom Penh, the Taj Mahal, Seoul and Tokyo. Mixing eastern and western spiritual perspectives, the return home is underscored with a parodic consecration and the realization that “To lose again what you’ve found out” can only inspire laughter at finally arriving where you have always been.

— David Turner

Daniel is an intrepid translator of a self dislocated by travel, language, culture, experience. The Physics of Flocking moves us through exotic locales, always reminding us of the compelling vibrations of home, the place we forever seek.

—Charlene Mills

In contrast to most contemporary travel writing, which seem written out of whimsy or the desire of the writer to exhibit their craft , The Physics of Flocking grips you with its urgency, its necessity, its insistent desire not just to be read and enjoyed, but understood.

— Joel Van Geel

A wonderful collection, both for its physical beauty and its remarkable writing. Here are powerful and moving poems about death and despair and abject poverty. Yet amidst such horror and uncertainty, there is a wealth of hope and natural beauty.

—John Braund


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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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  1. Michael says:


    nice write up. this will be an interesting read. thx!! :)

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