Several posts at other blogs over the past week about cartographer/artist Denis Wood’s upcoming book Everything Sings: Maps For A Narrative Atlas; see Making Maps and The Map Room for examples. This looks like a unique depiction of aspects of a community not captured by normal maps, sort of a true geography of neighborhood. Showed this to a friend who’s interested in maps as way of framing the distinguishing aspects of a community, and she pronounced it, “Great Stuff!”. Exploring outward from the blog posts, I found direct links to a number of sites of interest, either directly or tangentially related to the book:
- An earlier post on Making Maps on earlier versions of these maps, including PDF links to some of them, like this oft-seen one of jack-o-lanterns on Halloween:
- The main Siglio Press page on the book, with a pre-order link (comes out November, $28)
- A This American Life episode with an interview of Denis Wood from 1998, focusing on early versions of some of these maps
- A PDF comic book on what maps are by John Krygier and Denis Wood titled Ce N’est Pas Le Monde (after Magritte, I assume)
- Denis Wood’s personal website (click on the jay), with a 15% discount code for the book (you can find it if you look), and a bibliography of his papers with a few links to online copies of some of his more influential publications (e.g. Pleasure In The Idea: The Atlas As A Narrative Form).