13 Jul

Something from Nothing

A title a day* helps keep the doldrums away.


Book of Blank Maps, with Instructions

Foulsham & Co., Ltd, London, Undated

Note: Price is One Shilling and Sixpence net

Landscapes that appear before you (or somewhere in the world) as you map them? Perhaps this is how the magician magically transports people or animals (such as nuns or tigers?) onstage in front of a disbelieving audience? Can he use each map more than once, without risk? What happens when he runs out of blank maps? Can he change them? Are they inhabited?

Or is it a metaphor for a human heart (or hearts), following a tragedy?

*From the book of eye opening titles, Scouts in Bondage and other violations of literary propriety, ed. Michael Bell.

2 thoughts on “Something from Nothing

  1. “Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
    But we’ve got our brave Captain to thank”
    (So the crew would protest) “that he’s brought us the best–
    A perfect and absolute blank!”

  2. Hey, no fair Carrolling w/out an attribution! Like I’m going to have memorized Hunting of the Snark….(but it’s a good reason to search, find, and read it again–maybe that was a secondary intent.)

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