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Expansion vs. Isolation

“Outline Map Showing the Territory of Greater America” from Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, page 7, November 1898, Vol XLVII, No 1 (also in also Marshall Everett, ed., Exciting Experiences in Our Wars with Spain and the Filipinos, Chicago: Book Publishers … Continue reading

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Swipes #47: Land Grabbing

Once again demonstrating the old adage: “Same sh*t, different day.” UPDATE: Found another one (of many!)… “A democratic version of a famous saying,” Judge, 29 April 1893

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Texas / Kansas / Banana For Scale

Researching maps usually involves thinking about perspective and scale. Maybe the best part of “Jurassic Park.” Banana for scale. There’s a popular(ish) meme that involves taking a picture with a banana somewhere in the image to show the relative size of other items in … Continue reading

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Shining beacon of democracy, or just weird lines?

One more thing about DC… This time in carto-caricatures! This excerpt from my dissertation brought to you without any context. You’re welcome.

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Novelizations of Judaism in Northern Contexts

A Passover card I got in the mail prompted me to think about other fictional representations of Judaism in Northern Contexts. Here’s the card: Then, as I was reading The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon, I was reminded of Solomon Gursky Was … Continue reading

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“To Hell and Gone” at the Chicago Map Society Meeting tomorrow

If you’re in town, come on by the Newberry Library at 60 West Walton Street in Chicago. Hope to see you there! (Extra credit for KP’s students.) :-)

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Swipes File #19: Bridges

Formulaic introduction changed by request: Today, I’ll be continuing my “longtime practice of finding connections between things and other things.” — Today, let’s consider some bridges in cartoons from America-land (with particular emphasis on the 2008 “bridge to nowhere” fiasco): … Continue reading

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Swipes File #11: Doctor, doctor, give me the news

The Comics Journal had an interesting feature called the “swipes file” where they showed two comics or cartoons by different creators with very similar formatting. In that spirit, I offer a series of mash-ups (or possibly swipes) on similar topics … Continue reading

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I (heart) Librarians

I had an excellent visit with two very fine librarians today at the Carleton University Library.  Not only are librarians my heroes and some of my finest friends, they are also superheroes!  (That link was a bit forced and gratuitous, … Continue reading

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“Do you know what a thesis statement is?”

That’s not always the best question to get from your advisor… but it’s a useful one to hear!  The sentence that earned me that critique was, roughly: “I will explore cartographic representations of Newfoundland, Alaska, Hawai’i, and Nunavut at key … Continue reading

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