George Bellows

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New York is in DC

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Cliff Dwellers is in LA.


Alabama, Mississippi, slavery, and voting

Look at this voting map of Alabama for President, 2016:

And this one of Mississippi:

Those are from Politico, 2016 county by county election results.

Compare them to these amazing Raven Maps (I love Raven maps, buy a Raven map) that show elevation:

Look at the Mississippi Delta:

My hypothesis is that the legacy of slavery can be seen in a simple voting map: black people still live in bottomland — cotton country.

You might double check that by looking at racial percentages by county.

No doubt there are factors I haven’t considered.

Compare too to this 1861 Coast Survey slavery map:

This might demonstrate:

  • geography affects history
  • historical legacies can last a very long time
  • good maps are illuminating

 


The Idiot by Elif Batuman

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Friends, this book is brilliant, hilarious and compelling.  I recommend it without reservation.

My galley copy there is banged up because I ripped it in half so I could bring the unfinished half on a trip, and what a delightful companion it was.

Come see me discuss the book with Elif herself at the LA Public Library downtown:

Monday March 20th

7:15pm

Free but get a ticket

Here are some choice excerpts from The Idiot:2  3  5

Patricia Lockwood highlighted one of my fav parts on Twitter:

Elif some years ago introduced me to the street cats of Istanbul: stanbul-cat

And showed me where to get corn:  turkey-corn

Now, I can return the favor in Los Angeles and YOU can join the fun:

MONDAY MARCH 20

7:15 PM

Mark Taper Auditorium – Central Library

The event is FREE but get a ticket.

 


ECLIPSE SAFETY UPDATE

As the date of the August 21 eclipse draws near, keep this important safety information in mind: You MUST use special eclipse safety glasses to view a partial eclipse and the partial phases of a total eclipse. To do otherwise is risking permanent eye damage and even blindness. The ONLY time it’s safe to look at a TOTAL eclipse without proper eye protection is during the very brief period of totality when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you’re in a location where the eclipse won’t be total, there is NEVER a time when it’s safe to look with unprotected eyes.

NationalEclipse.com sends that along.

Great info at their site.  Plus Eclipse Classifieds:

Can’t help but note the Path Of Totality is pretty red.  Then again, I guess any path is:

Map by the great Brilliant Maps.


The August 21 Eclipse

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What to do if you are in the PATH OF TOTALITY?

Found that at this wonderful site.

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A good map from Xavier

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You’re damn right I donated.  Support Xavier who has done the entire eclipse community as well as the general eclipse-viewing public a great service by performing all the work necessary to bring us this wonderful tool.


NOW?!

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This appears in the News section of my phone.


LA after rain

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Looks cool