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The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips

The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips
The above map is the result of a painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in the American road-tripping literature. It includes every place-name reference in 12 books about cross-country travel, from Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872) to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (2012), and maps the authors’ routes on top of one another. You can track an individual writer’s descriptions of the landscape as they traveled across it, or you can zoom in to see how different authors have written about the same place at different times. Most interestingly of all, for me at least, you can ruminate about what those differences say about American travel, American writing, American history. A word to close readers: I hand-typed most of these 1,500-plus entries and located their coordinates as best I could. Some were difficult to track down. To be included, a book needed to have a narrative arc matching the chronological and geographical arc of the trip it chronicles.

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Is fiction good for you? How researchers are trying to find out It's assumed that reading fiction is good for your mental health, but evidence linking Jane Eyre or Anna Karenina to a broadened mind has been mostly anecdotal. In a Review published on July 19 in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, a psychologist-novelist delves into that issue, arguing that reading or watching narratives may encourage empathy. By exploring the inner lives of characters on the page, readers can form ideas about others' emotions, motives, and ideas, off the page. This intersection between literature and psychology has only taken off in the last few years, says Keith Oatley, a Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development. "There's a bit of a buzz about it now," he says. "In part, because researchers are recognizing that there's something important about imagination."

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Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the axe for the frozen sea within us”; Carl Sagan held them as “proof that humans are capable of working magic”; James Baldwin found in them a way to change one’s destiny; for Polish Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska, they stood as our ultimate frontier of freedom. But one of the finest, most dimensional inquiries into the significance of books and the role of reading in human life comes from Neil Gaiman in a beautiful piece titled “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming.” Gaiman considers how the act of reading changes us, “what it’s good for”:

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Sounds like breakfast tomorrow! What a cool memory. I love that spice cabinet waft too. Do you have other smells you associate with him? by megela Jul 27

Hey you - you what I really like? When you open the cupboard that the spices are stored in and the fragrance mix of smells hit you. Growing up my grandfathers spice cupboard smelled heavily of cloves and cinnamon. Today that smell hit me. Not sure if it was the heavy humidity that did or what but just for a second I was transported to his kitchen eating buttered toast with cinnamon and sugar. :) by featherking Jul 27