Conquest. Find. Dominate. Overcome. So much of the language of adventure is stuck on old riffs that shout about our need to be recognised as ‘great’ for somehow beating nature.
It has been particularly challenging for Frit Sarita Tam to feel comfortable in the adventure world. As a Chinese female LGBTQ+ adventurer, she very rarely sees anybody that looks like her on stages or film. She is now taking matters into her own hands, but her story is a reminder that whatever adventure is, depends on who is and is not welcomed and represented.
Ways to Wander, edited by artists Clare Qualmann and Claire Hind, is a collection of 54 ideas for walking creatively from artists involved with the Walking Artists Network and beyond. Sam spoke with Clare and Claire to learn more about radical walking.
There is no single understanding of adventure, and it is important to acknowledge that how we think about adventure is influenced by cultural and economic contexts. Academic Kristin Jacobson has just written a book about probably the most powerful cultural construction of adventure: what she calls The American Adrenaline Narrative. Our Editor Sam asked her about her book and the significance of this narrative over email.