WHY AM I READING THIS? I'm not young any more. Time is short. I read a wide variety of material, both fiction and non-fiction, but from now on ....(.a promise to myself).....nothing mediocre. A book must inform me, intrigue me, uplift me, delight or excite me, or I will drop it.
My street will never be the same to me again.
Alexandra Horowitz realises that she, and the average person, experiences only a small fraction of what is going on in the world around us. We are not sufficiently knowledgeable or observant to pick up the tiny clues that an expert sees. So she walks her New York block with people whose eyes are sharpened to clues from different disciplines and interests, with her own toddler, and lastly, with her dog.