Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A literary map of Manhattan

Technology can help us do some pretty awesome things, and Randy Cohen and Nigel Holmes of The New York Times Book Review have put together one of those awesome things.

Ever wonder where exactly in Manhattan your favorite authors are talking about? And where they are in relation to locations from your other favorite Manhattan-based books? Enter the literary map of Manhattan, an interactive map with icons noting locations from 99 different books. Use the red box over the outline of the island to scroll up and down through the map. Click on the books to read the passage (some include photos of the authors). Click the arrow on the Index of Entries at the bottom of the screen to scroll through a list of the passages included.

I've never been to New York, so it's pretty neat to see, as the description says, "where imaginary New Yorkers lived, worked, played, drank, walked and looked at ducks."

-- Cheryl Sadler


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