personal maps (art of noticing)

personal map: floorplan of childhood library.

personal map: floorplan of childhood library.

While browsing at the library, I came across The Art of Noticing: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday by Rob Walker. What a fun book to open up anywhere and find a sweet idea for quick creative output. With the Internet down this past week, I decided to dig into one of his ideas. Draw a personal map. Here is my brief attempt. (That thing up there. Yeah.)

I remember listening to Jori Graham’s poetry reading at the Library of Congress. Before reading poems from her collection, Fast, she mused about how libraries offer a love affair in the “adjacencies” of authors nearby and beckoning you to find them. This is why we get lost in libraries, at least, I know I do. I mean, where else, on one browse, would I come home this week with:

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson (how the hell did I EVER MISS this one? I’m now obsessed with her work)

On Tyranny by Timothy Synder (again, how the hell did I EVER MISS this one. So accessible, so interesting, so right on.)

The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo  by Clea Koff (This one is so intense; I need an uninterrupted weekend. Snow is expected; should help the hibernation. Light roast coffee here I come.)

When in doubt, go to the library.