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A Tribute to Larry Ford

A Tribute to Larry Ford © 2010 by the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. All rights reserved. Maurizio Antoninetti, Sarah Champion, and Zia Salim San Diego State University Brenda Kayzar University of Minnesota Daniel D. Arreola Arizona State University Norman Carter California State University, Long Beach Maurizio Antoninetti Larry Ford: A Round Geographer Who Walked the Streets of the World "The descriptions of cities Marco Polo visited had this virtue: you could wander through them in thought, become lost, stop and enjoy the cool air, or run off " --Italo Calvino (1974), Invisible Cities, 38 When the news of Larry's death reached me, I was rereading Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space. I had not chosen the book thinking of Larry. It was only one of the many works I discovered during my dissertation and that I have been using since. It's one of those phenomenological studies Larry hesitatingly approved only after I finished a substantial paper that explained how a phenomenological approach would have worked in my research. "You must write it so that everybody can understand it," he cautioned. "Do not use words or concepts I would not use." His strategy was clear. The paper was not to explain phenomenology to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers University of Hawai'I Press

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© 2010 by the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. All rights reserved. Maurizio Antoninetti, Sarah Champion, and Zia Salim San Diego State University Brenda Kayzar University of Minnesota Daniel D. Arreola Arizona State University Norman Carter California State University, Long Beach Maurizio Antoninetti Larry Ford: A Round Geographer Who Walked the Streets of the World "The descriptions of cities Marco Polo visited had this virtue: you could wander through them in thought, become lost, stop and enjoy the cool air, or run off " --Italo Calvino (1974), Invisible Cities, 38 When the news of Larry's death reached me, I was rereading Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space. I had not chosen the book thinking of Larry. It was only one of the many works I discovered during my dissertation and that I have been using since. It's one of those phenomenological studies Larry hesitatingly approved only after I finished a substantial paper that explained how a phenomenological approach would have worked in my research. "You must write it so that everybody can understand it," he cautioned. "Do not use words or concepts I would not use." His strategy was clear. The paper was not to explain phenomenology to

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Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast GeographersUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 22, 2010

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