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Ancient Mississippi courses

For those of you who fell in love with BibliOdyssey, here’s another site to delight your mind and your eye. Strange maps is chock full of images that provoke, delight, entice, perplex.

Maps must be on the mind since I found this site quite by accident just hours after reading about two new compelling books about maps recently published–Cartographia: Mapping Civilizations, by Vincent Virga, and Maps: Finding Our Place in the World, from University of Chicago Press.

The translation of the territory, with all its complexities and textures, into an ordered and limited view is part of what artists or poets are about. And yet how easy it is to forget that the map is not the territory, just one slice of the multifaceted kosmos it references.