Northwest Ordinance–Marietta, Ohio

If you were a young scholar of American Literature back in the 1990s, most likely, you were a new historicist. To be a “new” historicist, as opposed to the old ones (with their sclerotic ideas about bibliography and history of thought) meant that you (the...

Mount Rushmore-Family Vacations

My dad, never ones to leave the calendar open, thought nothing of loading the kids into the station wagon for a two-week adventure. My parents drove for days on end. We logged thousands of miles together, the best in an Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser–a snazzy station...

Aztec, New Mexico–Nation Maps

The frontispiece for my Road Course was harder to create than one might expect. When I discussed the idea with a map maker, my artist friend Brad Sanders, I offered (what seemed like) simple instructions. Draw the United States and add number for each chapter,...