Monday, September 08, 2008


All maps are (useful) distortions. In particular, the ones we carry in our heads. I carry a map of NY that has the village as its center with the island floating out to infinity N-S. My office is on a floor that has been mapped to Manhattan and falls on the purported village.

We carry these distortions with us and map the new lands to our homes (London is like Gramercy Park South, etc). I went bicycling the boroughs last weekend, part of the century tour, and made it may be 70 miles; all along, I swear, people saw parts of their home, in this case Westchester (Yonkers to Chappaqua), reflected in Brooklyn and Queens as we rode.



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