Denis Wood by Denis Wood
Everything Sings, 2nd Revised Edition: Maps for a Narrative Atlas

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The acclaimed geographer Denis Wood has written numerous books (including the influential bestseller The Power of Maps) that reorient his readers to our neighborhoods, homes and bodies. At the heart of Wood's investigations is a near-legendary endeavor: the Boylan Heights maps, begun in 1982, and first presented in Everything Sings (2010). Surveying his century-old, half-square mile neighborhood Boylan Heights in Raleigh, North Carolina, Wood began by paring away the inessential "map crap" (scale, orientation, street grids), then found elegant ways to represent such phenomena as radio waves permeating the air, the light cast by street lights and Halloween pumpkins on porches. As radio host Ira Glass writes in his introduction to this volume, "we see which homes have wind chimes and which ones call the cops. We see the route of the letter carrier and the life cycle of the daily paper. Wood is writing a novel where we never meet the main characters, but their stuff is everywhere." This second edition includes eight new maps (including one of barking dogs!), other new visual material plus original essays by Ander Monson and Albert Mobilio and an interview with Blake Butler that appeared in a more abbreviated form in The Believer.
 

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Denis Wood is a writer living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the author of several books, including the bestselling The Power of Maps, written for the award-winning Power of Maps exhibition he put together at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. The exhibit was later remounted at the Smithsonian Institution. From 1974 to 1996, Wood was Professor of Design at North Carolina State University. He received a doctorate in geography from Clark University. Albert Mobilio's books of poetry include BENDABLE SIEGE, THE GEOGRAPHICS, Me with Animal Towering, and TOUCH WOOD. He collaborated with Roger Andersson on Letters from Mayhem, an artist's book published by Cabinet Books. The co-editor of Bookforum, he also teaches at the New School's Eugene Lang College. Ira Glass is the producer and host of the award-winning public radio program, "This American Life," Author website: thislife.org. Ander Monson grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He lived in Saudi Arabia, Illinois, Iowa, and in the Deep South (MFA University of Alabama). He edits the online magazine DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. Widely published in literary magazines, he lives in Grand Rapids with his wife. Sarabande Books is publishing his novel-in-stories, Other Electricities, in 2005.
 
Published May 31, 2013 by Siglio. 152 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, History.

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Geographer Wood (The Power of Maps) wants readers to imagine maps that are subjective rather than objective. He examines this question through a series of almost 60 maps of his longtime neighborhood in Raleigh, NC. These maps display information about concepts as diverse as the local paper's jour...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Denis Wood: Everything Sings,...

Geographer Wood (The Power of Maps) wants readers to imagine maps that are subjective rather than objective. He examines this question through a series of almost 60 maps of his longtime neighborhood in Raleigh, NC. These maps display information about concepts as diverse as the local paper's jour...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of Denis Wood: Everything Sings,...

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