Maps are not copies, they are projections… When drawing up a map, a cartographer must choose between zenithal, gnomonic, stereographic, orthographic, globular, conical, cylindrical, or sinusoidal modes of projections. Each of these brings with it as many disadvantages as benefits. Projections are not neutral, natural, or ‘given’: they are constructed, configured, underpinned by various—and quite arbitrary—conventions… And yet, explicitly or not, all maps carry with them a certain claim; that this one is somehow truer than the others with which it competes.
If I was bound for hell let it be hell. No more false heavens. No more damned magic. You hate me and I hate you. We’ll see who hates best.
make a myth of yourself:
all women turn into lilacs,
all men grow sick of their errant scent.
You could learn
to build a window, to change flesh
into isinglass, nothing
but a brittle river, a love of bone.
Jennifer Chang, from “This Corner of the Western World,” The History of Anonymity
(University of Georgia Press, 2008)