Oh, and another example of what we mean when we talk about quality

Like Robert Pirsig, I think a lot about Quality In Experience — or, as he called it, the metaphysics of quality. David Imus’ award-winning U.S. map distills everything that’s important and overlooked about quality these days.

“This is an example of heartfelt, artisanal cartography coming from a pro at the top of his game.

“Yet, barring a miracle, this opus will barely be seen. Specialty map shops are disappearing. Bookstore chains tend to carry only the major map brands. And even if they were somehow made aware of Imus’ marvelous creation, most school systems can’t afford or can’t be bothered to update their classroom maps. A map is a map, right? That circa 1982 Rand McNally wall blob does the job just fine, the thinking goes.”

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