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You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination / Edition 1

You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination / Edition 1

by Katharine Harmon


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Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deepseated desires: understanding the world around us and our place in it. But maps need not just show continents and oceans: there are maps to heaven and hell; to happiness and despair; maps of moods, matrimony, and mythological places. There are maps to popular culture, from Gulliver's Island to Gilligan's Island. There are speculative maps of the world before it was known, and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker. Artists' maps show another kind of uncharted realm: the imagination. What all these maps have in common is their creators' willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention.
You Are Here is a wide-ranging collection of such superbly inventive maps. These are charts of places you're not expected to find, but a voyage you take in your mind: an exploration of the ideal country estate from a dog's perspective; a guide to buried treasure on Skeleton Island; a trip down the road to success; or the world as imagined by an inmate of a mental institution. With over 100 maps from artists, cartographers, and explorers, You are Here gives the reader a breath-taking view of worlds, both real and imaginary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568984308
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 668,318
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Katharine Harmon is a principal at Tributary Books in Seattle, Washington.

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You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Big_Bang_Gorilla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being an interesting collection of cartographical oddments, connected by occasional, somewhat disconnected short essays on related subjects.
kristenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I came across this via Powell's reviews-of-the-day. I'm not a big map person, but these sounded fun. And many were. Others were lovely. The Bridget Booher text piece was particularly entertaining; I'm sad she doesn't really have anything else out there.
timspalding on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cartographic eye-candy. I wish it were ten times as long.
Emily-S More than 1 year ago
Beautiful new perspectives on place and space. Look for a map from the perspective of a dog, or the Heart of Bremen Germany where the artist intricatly cut out the roads from a map of Germany and shaped the roads three dimentionally into the shape of a human heart.