Diane Glancy “In-Between Places” (University of Arizona Press, 2005)

From the introduction

Written language seems to me a landscape. Land bound up in words. I pick up stones or rocks in travel as texts that I can read.
There is a map you open like a book. There are books you open like a map.
There is a map you decide to call a book. A book of territories you’ve traveled. A book of the in-between places you’ve lived. A map is a meaning you hold against the unknowing. The places you speak in many directions…

Casey N Cep “The Allure of the Map” (The New Yorker, 22 January 2014)

The literary equivalent of the emperor’s map would be a biography of everyone in the world, or a novel of every second of every minute of every day: literature, like a map, gains its power from selection, from miniaturization. And the writer, like the cartographer, must make careful decisions about every aspect of the map: from letters to words, sentences, and paragraphs, from chapters to sections and volumes.

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