maps remind me of all the radio stories I love most. After
all, most radio is a boring salaryman, waking up before you
and me to announce the headlines or play the hits to some
predetermined demographic. Yet some radio stories elbow their
way into the world in defiance of that unrelentingly practical
mission, with the same goal Denis Wood’s maps have:
to take a form that’s not intended for feeling or mystery
and make it breathe with human life. Click
to read more of the Ira Glass introduction on the Siglio website.
GLASS (from his introduction)
worth buying, to pick up and consider again and again, this
book is a poetic naming of a neighborhood that will almost
certainly make you reconsider your own sense of place.
Holstein from the Portland Monthly
epic love poem to an idealized vision of what cartography
can be, beautifully realized....The enjoyment of Everything
Sings is not just about the maps, however. Wood’s opening
chapter...is a brief but invigorating stroll through 20th
century intellectualism. The texts paired with each map are
a well-balanced mish-mash of history, commentary, poetry,
and craft. Though the book lends itself to a casual flip-through,
taking in the maps simply as individual pieces of art, Everything
Sings is meant to be read.
Tennant from Fanzine
So much so that this review almost died aborning. Doing genuine
justice to this slim but subversive and innovative volume
would require a critique the length of a full Annals
article and would also call for analytical and communicative
skills that might be beyond my grasp.
Zelinsky from the Annals.
Harvard Book Store's Crag recommends Everything Sings in a video review.
LOS ANGELES BOOK LAUNCH FOR THE SECOND EDITION OF EVERYTHING SINGS: THIS PAST APRIL AT THE LAST BOOKSTORE: DENIS WOOD IN CONVERSATION WITH THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK CRITIC DAVID ULIN. This evening of wide-ranging conversation between two writers with equally critical and imaginative faculties dug into Denis' process and influences as well the myriad connections his mapmaking draws between seemingly disparate things. The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring Street (near 5th Street), downtown Los Angeles. Ph: 213-488-0599.
See Excerpts Here.
NEW Denis discusses Everything Sings on This American Life. NEW
reviews Everything Sings for the Annals.
review of Everything Sings has
just been published in the Brazilian journal for humanistic
in Place - Review of Everything Sings in the Portland
here for review of Everything Sings in Fanzine.
the review of Everything Sings in Cartographica.
one of the maps from Everything Sings on the cover
of the Nov/Dec issue of Poets and Writers
about Everything Sings on Ira Glass's This American
Places/The Design Observer has posted a feature about Denis' neighborhood maps on their blog that includes four new maps made especially for Places.
Visualisation Magazine Vol. 4 (The handmade volume) has just published an Everything Sings feature. On the last two pages the editor displays original sketches from "The Night Sky" map arranged to form a horizon. All the original sketches that turned into "The Night Sky" map horizon are posted at siglioblog.
Vincent Del Casino (California State University, Long Beach), has writtena review of Everything Sings and Making Maps in verse. In press in the Yearbook of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, 2011.
See some of the unpublished working drawings from Everything Sings at the Siglo blog. Siglio will be adding to these in coming months. Click here and here.
In April, Denis spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington about his new book, Everything Sings: Maps for a Narrative Atlas (download audio file).
here for more from Siglio.