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Finding maps that are sufficiently strange and beautiful is only half the joy of making this blog; the other is writing up the story to go along with them. But sometimes, fascinating maps are resistant to exegesis - maybe because all they need to explain is right there, in the image itself. Or maybe I've just stared myself blind on them. Over the years, many have accumulated. Here are ten of 'em.

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Finding maps that are sufficiently strange and beautiful is only half the joy of making this blog; the other is writing up the story to go along with them. But sometimes, fascinating maps are resistant to exegesis - maybe because all they need to explain is right there, in the image itself. Or maybe I've just stared myself blind on them. Over the years, many have accumulated. Here are ten of 'em.

Map of San Francisco, made up of landmark-related quotes by various authors, including Jack Kerouac, Czeslaw Milosz, Dave Eggers, Hunter S. Thompson, Mark Twain, Allen Ginsbeg and Maya Angelou

Map of San Francisco, made up of landmark-related quotes by various authors, including Jack Kerouac, Czeslaw Milosz, Dave Eggers, Hunter S. Thompson, Mark Twain, Allen Ginsbeg and Maya Angelou

Calle 13 - Latinoam?rica-Spanish Virtual Academy- http://www.spanishvirtualacademy.com/blog/2016/1/29/calle-13-latinoamerica

Calle 13 - Latinoam?rica-Spanish Virtual Academy- http://www.spanishvirtualacademy.com/blog/2016/1/29/calle-13-latinoamerica

A large picnic blanket with a playful London Map design. Absolute fab especially this year with the Oympic Games

A large picnic blanket with a playful London Map design. Absolute fab especially this year with the Oympic Games

They Draw & Travel . Awesome! Wish I had time and money to travel everywhere... and draw it after!

They Draw & Travel . Awesome! Wish I had time and money to travel everywhere... and draw it after!

San Francisco freeway proposal, including Mission Freeway and second Bay Bridge at Army Street. Click through for really high resolution.

San Francisco freeway proposal, including Mission Freeway and second Bay Bridge at Army Street. Click through for really high resolution.

Beautiful vintage map of South America in German. €80.00, via Etsy.

Beautiful vintage map of South America in German. €80.00, via Etsy.

‘Saul Steinberg’: the artist who was ‘pop’ before Andy Warhol

‘Saul Steinberg’: the artist who was ‘pop’ before Andy Warhol

The New Yorker cover by Saul Steinberg (March “View of the World from Avenue,” has come to represent Manhattan’s telescoped interpretation of the country beyond the Hudson River. The cartoon showed the supposedly limited mental geography of Manhattanites.

Tangram Map of the U.S. by Ryan, Midnight Umbrella via bfradwoodarddesign #Illustration #Map #US #Ryan

Tangram Map of the U.S. by Ryan, Midnight Umbrella via bfradwoodarddesign #Illustration #Map #US #Ryan

Developing Countries Are More Than Economic Rivals and Terror Threats

Developing Countries: More Than Economic Rivals and Terror Threats

Calligraphy Wedding Map  Custom  Hand by LavenderCalligraphy

Custom Hand Lettered & Illustrated Art Map | Q u a d r a I s l a n d

During the 17th century, the Dutch founded five villages in while in #Brooklyn: Bushwick, Brooklyn, Flatbush, Flatlands, and New Utrecht. https://www.facebook.com/idealpropertiesgroup/photos/a.437113292977802.94994.113361655352969/978936875462105/?type=1

During the 17th century, the Dutch founded five villages in while in #Brooklyn: Bushwick, Brooklyn, Flatbush, Flatlands, and New Utrecht. https://www.facebook.com/idealpropertiesgroup/photos/a.437113292977802.94994.113361655352969/978936875462105/?type=1