Maps

Eastern Kentucky Coal Mine

Eastern Kentucky Coal Mine In preparation for a course on the ethics of work and leisure, I was able to videotape (by the light of our helmets) five miners in...

Madrid’s Art Museums

  Madrid’s Art Museums Within easy walking distance of each other lie Madrid’s three great art museums of the Golden Triangle—the Prado, the Reina Sophia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Though they...

Strong-Point Defense

Strong-Point Defense  This map features standard military symbols for a strong-point defense. It represents infantry and anti-tank units dug in within a circle, with perimeter screening from a cavalry unit,...

Auto Assembly Line

Since Henry Ford established the first automobile assembly line in Highland Park, Michigan (a town within metropolitan Detroit), this approach to making cars has become the industry standard. The “map”...

Four Corners

A good many tourists make their way to a remote spot in the American West, the point at which four states – Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona (clockwise from the...

The Progressive Treasure Map

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard spoke of truth in terms of “inwardness,” “passion,” and “subjectivity,” and is best known for urging a “leap of faith” into belief in God and Christ. Opponents...

The 1:1 Scale Map

In 1893, Lewis Carroll, of Alice in Wonderland fame, imagined a 1:1-scale map in his book, Sylvie and Bruno, and others have riffed on the idea, including Argentine author Jorge...

The Oxbow River

While the northern, western, and southern borders of Arkansas are drawn with straight-line geometrical precision, the eastern border is a mess, for it traces the meanderings of the Mississippi River. Such twists...

The Outsized Texas Map

There’s no denying that Texas is big and important (the biggest of the “lower 48”), but the residents have been known to magnify its already considerable place on the national stage, to...

The Strip Map

Years ago, when our family negotiated the two-lane highways of America to visit relatives from Michigan to Florida, we’d get help from one of our kin in the form of a AAA...