🏔 WADE DAVIS | MAGDALENA: River of DREAMS | On COLOMBIA, ANTHROPOLOGY and the WRITING Process 📚

🎥 IN-DEPTH interview with anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author, and photographer WADE DAVIS about his best-selling book 📕 MAGDALENA: River of DREAMS. A Story of COLOMBIA 📕 A personal interview about COLOMBIA, its history and challenges; insights about the importance of the Magdalena river; and the SECRETS of the writing process of a best-selling author.

00:0000:26 Introduction. Interview with Wade Davis.
00:2600:00 What is Wade Davis´ DREAM?
04:0405:21 What was Wade Davis’s BIGGEST FAILURE and what did he learn from it?
05:2113:38 What was Wade Davis’s BIGGEST LESSON in his career?
13:3818:27 How does Wade Davis DESCRIBE COLOMBIA to someone that has never been there?
18:2729:10 Wade Davis explains What will a reader find in his last book MAGDALENA: River of Dreams. Is it a river biography? A geography book? A portrait of your hopes and fears for the region?
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36:2342:56 Wade Davis explains HOW TO follow HIS STEPS in exploring the Magdalena River. Which stops down the Magdalena does he recommend?
42:5648:12 Wade Davis talks about FRÍJOLES (Beans), TROCHAS (Trails), and MAMOS (Ancestral Guardians)
48:1249:40 Wade Davis explains the concept of ETHNOSPHERE
49:4055:33 Wade Davis explains the space of COLOMBIA and the UNITED STATES in the Ethnosphere. What does it mean to be human and alive?
55:331:00:48 Wade Davis explains his WRITING PROCESS and talks about STORYTELLING
1:00:481:07:35 Wade Davis explains his method for NOTETAKING in the field
1:07:351:09:00 Wade Davis explains HOW TO FIND A GREAT STORY
1:09:001:13:14 Wade Davis advises writers not to use ¨I¨ to tell great stories
1:13:141:20:11 Wade Davis talks about Atanquez and KIKE CALVO Anthropology Book CORPUS CHRISTI in ATANQUEZ (Fiesta del Sol)
1:20:111:26:58  Wade Davis talks about the ROOT CAUSES of Colombia´s complicated HISTORY and the country’s OUTLOOK

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An interview to learn everything about the captivating new book from Wade Davis – award-winning, best-selling author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for more than a decade – that brings vividly to life the story of the great Río Magdalena, illuminating Colombia’s complex past, present, and future.

Travelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterly new book, Davis tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet. As Gabriel García Márquez once wrote during his own pilgrimage on the river: “The only reason I would like to be young again would be the chance to travel again on a freighter going up the Magdalena”. Only in Colombia can a traveler wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soar ice-clad summits. This rugged and impossible geography finds its perfect coefficient in the topography of the Colombian spirit: restive, potent, at times placid and calm, in moments explosive and wild.

Both a corridor of commerce and a fountain of culture, the wellspring of Colombian music, literature, poetry, and prayer, the Magdalena has served in dark times as the graveyard of the nation. And yet, always, it returns as a river of life. At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace. Braiding together memoir, history, and journalism, Wade Davis tells the story of the country’s most magnificent river, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia.