July 1, 2013

snippets, 7-1-2013

Walking is a noble but neglected sport. Americans "hike" once in a long while but seldom walk...The automobile, organized athletics, and the fact that American cities and American suburbs are dismal places to walk in have caused American feet to abandon the roads...No other exercise, if indulged in several days at a time in a pleasant, moderately wild country, has greater power to remake a man, to iron out his creases, to produce deep health and spiritual calm. The first steps in this elementary course had best be taken in Europe, where the natives do not look upon people with heavy shoes and knapsacks as slightly cracked.

- Robert Littell, Harper's Magazine, What The Young Man Should Know (March 1933)

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