In this sketchbook, for The New Yorker’s love-stories-themed Summer Fiction Issue, the graphic novelist Alison Bechdel reflects on an old flame.
On this migrant route I followed to el Norte, I learned that just as there are vast horrors surrounding migrants on every leg of their tormented journey from their neighborhoods in their blighted barrios, through mexico and La Frontera, up until they reach whatever sanctuary those who beat the impossible odds find in America , there are just as many good, saintly, and kindhearted people working tirelessly to help these people have a moment of reprieve from the anxiety of their trip.
Be it money, food, kindness, a phone call, a cigarette, shelter, access to facebook, a regular conversation, a coca cola or any thing that can for a second bring back a sense of dignity and normalcy to their lives. There are good people in this world and we were fortunate to have met them.
(Alternate caption: lol goodbye America)
Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan recently captured some photos of lakes in California showing the extent of the drought there. For me, this is the craziest one, of Bidwell Marina at Lake Oroville:
And this is what it normally looks like:
“If you were a cartographer in the pre-digital era,” Mr. Patterson says, “it was very hard to make very detailed shaded reliefs, because just getting information about elevation in different areas was a long, arduous process. Now, we have a ton of elevation data available, and you often find digital reliefs are extremely detailed, to the point of distraction. They look like noisy textures instead of mountain chains. In digital cartography, the problem is about getting rid of data to make things look natural. So that’s where these maps help. If something doesn’t look nice,” says Patterson, “if its unduly complex or technical, we have a tendency to not look at all. For a map, beauty is the hook, like a good lede in an article. It catches the map reader’s eye, and then hopefully they dive deeper and discover something new in the process.”
"Make it bluer."
“Make it bluer goddamn it.” (at a massive, massive papaya rolling down a mountain)
I mean all this. Pics+Comment Drops+JoeyMeat=gold. #Stillonthattour