|A Blank Map vs. A Blank Page
There are crucial differences between a blank map and a blank page. Unlike a blank page, a blank map:
- is designed by a cartographer
- is a frame
- represents a space or "territory"
- has orientation
- is readable
- has accuracy
- suggests scale (though may sacrifice exactitude in favor of visual utility)
- is informative (unavailability of data does not equal nonexistence of data)
- is something unexpected
There is nothing so perfect as a blank map. A blank map represents:
- all that can still be discovered
- infinite creative possibilities
- a clean slate
- a future of one's own making
- the difference between emptiness and nothingness
- freedom from error
- freedom from distortion
- freedom from bias
- an unformed universe waiting to be shaped
Below are pages from the Carte Blanche Atlas of Uncharted Territories
. The softcover edition
is currently available from Lulu.com for $12.
Here's the secret to handling any book with glaring omissions:
"There is no way of emending a confused book, but everything may be supplied in the case of books with omissions. For my own part, when I read one of the latter type I am not bothered a bit. What I do, on arriving at the end, is to shut my eyes and evoke all the things which I did not find in it. How many fine ideas come to me then! What profound reflections! The rivers, mountains, churches, which I did not find on the written page, all now appear to me with their waters, their trees, their altars; and the generals draw swords that never left their scabbards, and the clarion releases notes that slept in the metal, and everything marches with sudden soul. The fact is, everything is to be found outside a book that has gaps, gentle reader." —Machado de Assis, Dom Casmurro
"Before making judgments which will affect the environment and other people, it is vital to reconstruct a map's 'missing essence.' The best way to do so is through imaginative map use."
—Phillip Muehrcke & Juliana O. Muehrcke, Map Use
Pictured is a "map's essence," photographed by Dorian Cavé. See full image here
"Why didn't you tell me in the map room there was a map missing?"
—Gwyn Cready, Aching for Always
(This delightful snippet is scanned from Book Sales of 1895.)
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