The Best Map of the US #2

Time for another map of the US. This one was submitted by John after three beers:

There’s an artistic simplicity here. It looks like John drew the outline of the map without lifting his pen off the paper, which is an achievement upon itself. Aside from the odd little peninsula up near Massachusetts, I’m more curious about what’s not there than what is. For example, what’s the concavity where Arizona and New Mexico should be? Did John secede them them to Mexico?

At first when I looked at this, I thought that the “Go Purdue!” was pointing to an entire area that represented Purdue. Now I see that John chose one state to draw–Indiana–because it contains Purdue.

As for who “you” are, we can only guess. Based on the geography presented here, “you” is someone living on the border of Missouri and Iowa. Someone should probably tell him that he just got mentioned on this blog.

Got a map of the US for me? Not yet? Sit down with a beer and a pen this evening and watch the magic happen. E-mail it to jamey.stegmaier@gmail.com.


5 Responses to “The Best Map of the US #2”

  1. Bryce says:

    I’m no expert, but I think John “ceded” Arizona and New Mexico to Mexico. I think Arizona and New Mexico would have to make the decision themselves in order “secede.”

    It seems to me that John has drawn a very complicated map whereby size is drawn relative to an area’s own perception of their “self-worth,” thus Florida and the Cape Cod area are dramatically larger than they would otherwise be. By this logic, Michigan is clearly struggling with an identity crisis as their iconic “mitten” has transformed into a giant misshapen blob (I’m sure this is related to the collapse of the car industry). The only real question that remains is where does Indiana find its overwhelming confidence, especially given its relative uselessness?

  2. margot says:

    I believe New Orleans is also getting a lot of attention. Maybe the news media can be thanked for that focus. Can’t wait to see more maps and see more commentary.

  3. Lorena says:

    Oh! That’s my cousin! He just had a baby (well, his wife did, you understand), but I’ll let him know. He’s sort of, you know, in the new baby out of the loop mode.

  4. I’m no expert, but I think John “ceded” Arizona and New Mexico to Mexico. I think Arizona and New Mexico would have to make the decision themselves in order “secede.”

    It seems to me that John has drawn a very complicated map whereby size is drawn relative to an area’s own perception of their “self-worth,” thus Florida and the Cape Cod area are dramatically larger than they would otherwise be. By this logic, Michigan is clearly struggling with an identity crisis as their iconic “mitten” has transformed into a giant misshapen blob (I’m sure this is related to the collapse of the car industry). The only real question that remains is where does Indiana find its overwhelming confidence, especially given its relative uselessness?

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