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September 2008


EDITOR'S LETTER

The Journey

In the world of GPS and online directions, I would prefer to read a map on my own and chart my course. Having spent more than a year in college making maps as a geography major, I enjoy the pure artistry of maps. While I certainly use technology to get where I am going, I still prefer to see my whole trip laid out in front of me. And not just in the car. * Not too long ago, I read about a London artist, Christian Nold, who uses a simple GPS device to chart cities. His goal is to offer a commentary on the subjective nature of reality. Maps, says Nold, have always been influenced by the mapmaker, citing as an example the globes that used to show Europe as being considerably larger than Africa. Nold wanted to map people's emotional response to a particular location. With this in mind, I started thinking of how people would see Connecticut. If we were all asked to wander around our own neighborhoods, would we be able to see with fresh eyes what has been there all along? What would cause the greatest emotional response in you? Your house? The hospital where your children were born? Your favorite boutique? A nursing home? Why is it that when we are given the freedom to wander without the restrictions of time or purpose, we finally see what is in front of us? * It is often when you deviate from a plan that you discover so much more. If I were to think back four years ago to my map of how this magazine would grow over time, it would be devoid of all of those interesting side trips that made the journey itself—and not just the destination—so valuable. Think back at how explorers did not follow their maps and discovered a whole new world. I know, the clichés are overwhelming: The road less traveled; a fork in the road. The road not taken; the endless highway. Images of the heroic journey have been a part of our literature for centuries. So, as we enter our fifth year of publication and as the school bells ring again, begin your own trip now.

D.J. Carey
Editor in Chief
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