“The virtue of maps, they show what can be done with limited space, they foresee that everything can happen therein.”
– José Saramago, The Stone Raft
In the summer issue of South Writ Large, contributors explore maps and mapping—literal, metaphoric, and imaginary. They invite you to consider the complex meanings of maps. As historical documents or as practical tools of way-finding, as illustrations of lost worlds, both real and imagined, maps both show us the way forward and also remind us of how we once viewed the world. Though we like to imagine that our world is fixed, maps are ultimately representations of a world in constant flux.