Document Map Acquisition

We received last week, at our Manistique Outpost, a trove of geographical survey maps of an area of great interest to the collection. As is often the case, it’s not what’s depicted on the maps but what is not depicted that secures our interest.

Jacques Derrida once spoke of texts that were “shielded from interpretation,” or, put another way, were only present in their absence. On that level, these newly arrived maps tell us nothing, and thus everything.

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