What is it about maps and globes that seems to require our undivided attention? I’ve spent hours looking at maps of places I will never see and maps so old that they are a record of nothing but the faintest glow of the past. Perhaps they turn us into gods, letting us look down at the insignificant drones that occupy the earth. Or maybe they simply feed off our hunger to go off into the unknown. Venturing off to places where people don’t chain themselves to tedious jobs and financial debts but places of imagination, mystery and freedom… Perhaps they’re just trying to tell us something.
Dan Kieran and Tom Hodgkinson, The Book of Idle Pleasures