Posts Tagged: maps

Looking for Ghosts: A Conversation with John Freeman

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John Freeman discusses his debut collection of poetry, Maps, displacement, empathy, and trying to find a way forward in the nation and the world.

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Barbara Berman’s 2017 Holiday Poetry Shout-Out

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Barbara Berman offers gift recommendations for the poets on your holiday shopping list.

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“Language Orthodoxy,” the Adichie Wars, and Western Feminism’s Enduring Myopia

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Adichie is far more significant than her accusers seem to know.

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You Are Here

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Nabokov understood the seduction of maps as a way of ordering the fantastic, the disorderly, the sometimes contradictory nature of description, a visual aid to the internal eye. For Lit Hub, Susan Daitch gives a sweeping textual overview of the ways in which different authors have used maps to enrich their work, demonstrating how they […]

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Song of the Day: “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”

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In the furor surrounding the unexpected release over the weekend of Beyonce’s “visual album” Lemonade, the general attitude toward Queen Bey’s newest creation is surprise, exuberance, and unadulterated glee. Much of the groundbreaking project, which the mega-artist somehow recorded and filmed in secret over the course of a year, breaks new musical ground, not only […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Sanae Ishida

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Sanae Ishida discusses her debut children’s book, Little Kunoichi, The Ninja Girl, embracing her creativity after years in the corporate world, and finding inspiration in her young daughter.

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Mapping Literary Road Trips

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What is more American than the road trip? Steven Melendez has created an astonishingly detailed interactive map of the beloved institution as documented in twelve works of American literature. The books featured include Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, Mark Twain’s Roughing It, John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, and Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Acid […]

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Travelling Without Moving

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In the finished novel, this journey will take up four sentences. My virtual mapping of the route will have almost no discernible impact on the prose that I’ve already sketched out – as adjectives go, “nondescript” doesn’t paint much of a picture – and, once again, what I justify as research might just as easily […]

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Where Are You?

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Visual Edition just presented its most recent project, “Where You Are,” in which 16 authors and artists were asked to create a personal map. Among the invited contributors are Rumpus interviewees Sheila Heti with Ted Mineo, Geoff Dyer and Tao Lin. In addition to the printed book, Where You Are is available online.

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Winter Binges

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“There is something of a binge drinking belt across the north of the country, running westward from New England, Pennsylvania and Ohio to Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Montana.” Atlantic Cities dissects binge drinking, looking at state-by-state patterns. The association with the North Country led to the speculation that “cold winters might […]

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Language Map

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If you’re looking for an interactive map to play with today, here’s a cool one.  It breaks down where various languages are spoken around the country by the percentage of speakers.

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Cartographic Controversy

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“Map projections are just different ways of translating the dimensions of a globe onto a two dimensional surface. A sphere (or oblate spheriod, if you want to be fancy) can’t be flattened without causing some kind of distortion, be it in scale, area, distance and/or direction.” The controversy surrounding world maps is “entirely real,” and […]

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A Morning Coffee Map Amendment

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In yesterday’s Morning Coffee I linked to this write-up of the 10 maps that changed the world. Rumpus reader’s, evidently quite the antiquarian map enthusiasts, proceeded to email me expressing various degrees of excitement, disgust, outrage, ambivalence; and pointed out a few notable omissions. Are we missing anything else? Do you have a favorite old […]

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Wendy MacNaughton Superlink

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Wendy MacNaughton’s visual blog provides “drawings of people on public transportation on their way to and from work. Five days a week, twice a day, twenty minutes each way. And other commutes to boot.” The effect is somewhere between the chillingly under-acted and over-costumed TV series Mad Men, a song by The Zincs, and drunken […]

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