Illegible Landscapes

To the west, the sky is darkening quickly. I pause for a moment at the trailhead to take a panoramic view. Behind me, the eastern sky is blue with bright winter sun. It casts a golden glare on the grasses in front me, making the snow squall behind them look especially ominous. The weather today …

One in a Google

I’ve always been fascinated by old maps. As I look at these sepia illustrations of barely-explored continents, cartoonish mountain ranges, and antiquarian fonts, I try to imagine how people back then viewed them. Did they see these impressionistic sketches as literal representations of the planet? They seem to differ so much from our maps today …

Stickers

Often times at work, my responsibilities include cutting up fruits and vegetables. Before I do this, I’ll have to sort through the selection and peel off stickers from them. It’s a weird little necessary action that always seems strange to me. As I’m sorting through cucumbers or tomatoes or lemons making a little stack of …

The Real Free Riders

My time as a college student the past three years has been characterized by frequent changes. I’ve gotten used to looking out the window of the train, changing bedrooms, beginning new semesters, and packing and unpacking bags every six months or so. Coinciding with many of these transitions are changes in my employment. I’ve gone …