I am a native in this world And think in it as a native thinks

Monday, September 2, 2013


This man had a table of maps and old prints for sale, near Union Square, which didn't interest me. But he also had brand new road atlases for $2 and I bought one immediately.

I love that the Internet lets me get directions to anywhere, to see satellite views and street views of anywhere on Earth, but I still love paper maps. I like to be able to pull a book off the shelf and see, for example, just how far it is from Detroit to Toledo if I go to the birding festival in Ohio next year, or just where exactly Tyler, Texas is. I think I left the old Rand-McNally road atlas I had for years under the seat in a rental car somewhere, so I'm ridiculously excited to finally have a replacement, for something I didn't even realize I wanted.

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