What I’m reading: Let Maps to Others by K.J. Parker

I recently read “Let Maps to Others” by K.J. Parker which appeared in Subterranean in 2012.

Absolutely marvelous.  I loved it even more than Parker’s similar 2010 story “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong,” which also touches on issues of academic rivalry and dishonesty.

“Let Maps to Others” reminded me of two books I’ve recently read and can recommend without reservation. First, non-fiction: Greenblatt’s recent The Swerve on the subject of manuscripts.  Second, Galbraith’s 2001 The Rising Sun, a novel set in the real-life historical episode of the attempted Scottish settlement of Panama.  Indeed, I can’t help but wonder whether Parker was influenced by Galbraith’s book.

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