Reading and walking with Desired Landscapes

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by Steve Watson in February 2024
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Philosophy Travel

Natassa Pappa is editor-in-chief and creative director of Desired Landscapes, the pocket-sized magazine that brings a fresh and philosophical perspective to travel writing. Natassa is based in Athens, but she was over in London recently for a talk at the Magculture shop, so we met up the following day and went for a walk on Hampstead Heath to talk about her radically subjective approach to travel.

I’ve never tried to record a podcast while walking along before, and as you’ll hear, it presented us with some challenges, but I think it was worth it because walking is important to the magazine – Natassa runs walking tours in Athens, and she speaks about the Aristotelian idea of walking as a way of freeing the mind, and how that has informed what she does with Desired Landscapes.

I’ve known Natassa for a few years now and this is the second time she has been on the podcast, so it was a lovely opportunity to catch up with her again and dig deep into the ideas that animate the magazine. If you’d like to hear more conversations with independent magazine makers you can check our archive for hundreds of episodes, and of course if you follow us wherever you get your podcasts we’ll be able to deliver our new ones to you as soon as they’re ready.


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