Flaneuse: Women Walk the City - Lauren Elkin and Brian Dillon

London Review Bookshop

The flâneur – an almost invariably male idler dawdling through city streets with no apparent purpose in mind – is familiar to us from the works of Baudelaire, Benjamin and Edmund White. In a glorious blend of memoir, cultural history and psychogeography, Lauren Elkin investigates the little-considered female equivalent, from George Sand to Agnes Varda and Sophie Calle, leading us through the streets of London, Tokyo, Venice, New York and, of course, Paris. Lauren Elkin, a contributing editor at the White Review, was at the shop to discuss the phenomenon of the flâneuse, and her own walking life with Brian Dillon.

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