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Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

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Additional credit for illustration on
page 53
:
McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World. © 1979 Stuart McArthur.
Available worldwide from ODT, Inc. (1-800-736-1293;
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Further credits:
Images on
page 66
courtesy of NASA; map on
page 81
courtesy of Altea Gallery
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www.alteagallery.com
); map on
page 118
© Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC;
photograph on
page 118
© Mayang Murni Adnin; photograph on
page 171
by
Jim Payne; images on
page 230
© OpenStreetMap and contributors, CC-BY-SA

For my parents.
And for the kid with the map.

CONTENTS

Chapter 1:
ECCENTRICITY
Chapter 2:
BEARING
Chapter 3:
FAULT
Chapter 4:
BENCHMARKS
Chapter 5:
ELEVATION
Chapter 6:
LEGEND
Chapter 7:
RECKONING
Chapter 8:
MEANDER
Chapter 9:
TRANSIT
Chapter 10:
OVEREDGE
Chapter 11:
FRONTIER
Chapter 12:
RELIEF
Notes
Index
MAPHEAD

Chapter 1
ECCENTRICITY

n
.:
the deformation
of an elliptical map projection

My wound is geography
.

—PAT CONROY

T
hey say you’re not really grown up until you’ve moved the last box of your stuff out of storage at your parents’. If that’s true, I believe I will stay young forever, ageless and carefree as Dorian Gray, while the cardboard at my parents’ house molders and fades. I know,
everybody’s
parents’ attic or basement has its share of junk, but the eight-foot-tall mountain of boxes filling one bay of my parents’ garage isn’t typical pack-rat clutter. It looks more like the warehouse in the last shot of
Raiders of the Lost Ark
.

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