14. “ELSE/WHERE: Mapping New Cartographies of Networks and Territories” edited by Janet Abrams + Peter Hall

ELSE/WHERE: Mapping New Cartographies of Networks and Territories edited by Janet Abrams + Peter Hall

To honor Spring Break, this week’s library pick celebrates the art of mapping, “mapping networks, mapping conversations, mapping territories, [and] mapping mapping.”* The images and arguments presented in this collection will dazzle the eyes of any Wandering Aengus or adventurous soul off piercing “the deep wood’s woven shade” to “dance upon the level shore”** or someone, say, of more modest ambition mired in the monotonous March drizzle (not “dribble“) or, more simply, the wifi-connected worker bee under an overabundance of overhead lighting (e.g., white rows of industrial-strength can lights or, depending on circumstance, the sun above the Baja peninsula—tennis anyone?). Setting imagery aside, this text will also appeal to all those not quite on break but on-duty or on-call in need of a brief encounter with edification, a desire that could be assuaged by pages of ELSE/WHERE! The collection redirecting the attention of readers everywhere to how “we” define space and the ways in which physical and virtual space define “us.”

*Quoted from ELSE/WHERE
**Shameless plugs for William Butler Yeats’ poems, “The Song of the Wandering Aengus” and “Who Goes with Fergus?”.


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