A Very Deep Secret
ncase at hedbergmaps.com
Tue May 22 12:26:45 EDT 2001
>On Tue, 22 May 2001, Nat Case wrote:
>> 1. It is possible to create independent, free-standing works of
>> fiction in prose, in cinema, in theater, in various genres of
>> painting. Is it possible to do this with cartography?
>Is the map allowed to include a dotted line bedecked with labels
>saying "This is where I slew the giant" and so on?
Yes, I can certainly see this in theory, but the sort of qualities
that make a non-fictional map "work" make it hard to "make things
up." I think modern maps are like dictionaries or directories:
immensely useful tools that are intended to be used in reference to
other things, and no to be a world unto themselves. I think Borges
did some very interesting things with prose twisting the idea of a
reference work around on itself, and others have done similar things
with, for example the Gnomes field guide. To me a successful
fictional map would either have to break the "rules" of map making by
being internally self sufficient (i.e. you wouldn't primarily have to
use it to get around a fictional world laid out elsewhere), or would
somehow refer to our world with a fictional twist; a cartographic
version of alternate-world fantasy, perhaps.
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