Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas
Solnit, Berkeley, Univ. of Calif. Press, 2010,
144 pp. ISBN 978-0-520-26250-8, heavy
weight paperback, $24.95 list, Amazon
$16.47, also available in hardcover
“Every place deserves an atlas,” proclaims
author and compiler Rebecca Solnit. San
Francisco is the canvas for (22) artistically
drawn thematic maps, many of which could
only be drawn for this unique city. One must
enter with an open mind, maps of “Monarchs
and Queens” where butterflies and gay bars
might jar some senses. “Poison/Palate,” a
map of gourmet treats and arms manufacturers
juxtaposed might seem inappropriate.The “Third Street Phantom Coast” with its
surviving historical remnants is great fun.
Each map is accompanied by text explaining
its significance, written by Solnit or a
collaborator. The maps are in striking color
and designed to draw your mind into the
ideas expressed. Some you may find a little
quirky but the book is beautifully done, and
a tribute to a complex city which some of us
love to live in and everyone loves to visit.
This guidebook will open your eyes to some
new and different places to visit.
Interestingly, not printed in China like
many current books, but very handsomely
printed in Canada.
Review by Bill Warren
From the Society's December 2011 Newsletter