August 17, 2010

Check out the '99 Problems' story-map!


View Ben Tanzer's "Long Haul" map-story in a larger map

It's release day of CCLaP's newest original book, Ben Tanzer's essay collection 99 Problems! And in celebration of that, we've put together an interesting little promotional project that I hope you'll get a kick out of -- namely, we took one of the stories from the book, the Chicago Lincoln-Park-set "The Long Haul," and plotted it out on a customized Google map! That's it that you're seeing above, if you're on a device that can handle the technology (or click here to go to Google itself if you're not); as you can see, the text of the story has been cut up into a series of placemarkers, all of which correspond to specific parts of the run that Ben refers to in the story itself, all of them set along a colored line to indicate the route of the actual run. Many of these placemarkers, then, also have photos attached to them, further illustrating the specific landmarks Ben mentions in the story. I hope this proves to be a fun way to interact with 99 Problems, and that it gives you a visceral idea of what these runs were actually like.

Ben Tanzer's 'The Long Haul' on Google Earth for iPhone

Ben Tanzer's 'The Long Haul' on Google Earth for iPhone

Ben Tanzer's 'The Long Haul' on Google Earth for iPhone

Ben Tanzer's 'The Long Haul' on Google Earth for iPhone

Ben Tanzer's 'The Long Haul' on Google Earth for iPhone

And don't forget, by the way, by either saving that map to your own Google account, or downloading the KML file while there (the link's in the upper-right corner), you can open this map in the 3D Google Earth as well, and have an even cooler experience than before; here above, for example, are shots from it running in Google Earth on an iPhone, which is so science-fictiony astounding I don't know where to even begin. It takes a couple of extra steps, but I really encourage you to view the "Long Haul" story-map in this fashion if you have the extra time, because it really does add this sorta flabbergastingly dynamic element to it all.

Filed by Jason Pettus at 10:16 AM, August 17, 2010. Filed under: Arts news | CCLaP Publishing | CCLaP news | Chicago news | Design | Literature |