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You Are Here
There are a lot of intriguing instances of imaginary maps online these days, from globes painted from memory to the world envisioned by fools. Of course, even "real" maps come with a point of view. That's where You Are Here comes in, offering three essays and scores of color illustrations on "personal geographies." One of my favorite imaginary maps is by noted Jazz Age illustrator John Held, Jr., entitled "Americana," which shows the rough outline of the U.S. and doesn't bother with much interior detail, except to dot the landscape with gas stations, billboards, and the Twenties equivalent of fast food (Hot Dogs, Orange Drink).