Krblin Jihn KabinFrom August to September, Eames Demetrios, Geographer-at-Large for Kcymaerxthaere, is serving as the Geographer-in-Residence at Atlas Obscura. Here he explores the lines between Kcymaerxthaere, a world parallel to our own, and Atlas Obscura.
When I tell people I am a Geographer-in-Residence at Atlas Obscura, they think it is virtual. And I can understand that. But the Atlas involves a community, and that humanity is part of what, for me, makes it mostly a real-world residency, because the energy of everyone, visitors, stewards, and creator, is tied to the physicality of the world. The interaction is virtual, the ultimate actions taken are physical.
I say this, paradoxically, because, for this post, I wanted, as the storyteller of Kcymaerxthaere, to turn inward and explore the magic Atlas place database a bit. I cheerfully read through the site, the same way I used to read Peter Freuchen's Book of the Seven Seas as a kid. I have used the Atlas a lot, but always felt a little bashful about commenting on places. So the least I can do is get over that for two months.
I planned to comment on some of the Atlas places I've been to. I've noted some of my own sites as ones I have visited, and I will add to them piecemeal over the course of my residency. I also thought I should contribute some sites — besides my own Kcymaerxthaere.
But as I began to understand that my Traveler's Map will be a kind of canvas whose only paint is the reality of five actions (where I've been, where I want to go, what I have added, what I have edited, and my articles), I continued to browse.
First, I made seven pairs of sites. I wanted to find sites I loved that were already on the Atlas, and are near Kcymaerxthaere sites.
Noah Purifoy Site (all images courtesy the author)
In Joshua Tree, California: When you visit Noah Purifoy's site, check out Kcymaerxthaere's Krblin Jihn Kabin, just a mile or so away.
In London: Postman's Park, in the shadow of St Paul's and so naive and affecting, will give you plenty to think about as you make your way to the Great Dangaroo Flood marker.
In Namibia, if you're on your way to Sossusvlei (and there you must see the Dead Vlei), then you will probably go through Solitaire. Get out and see Each and Every Word — and send us a picture, we haven't seen one recently!
In the Melbourne Area (and this is a stretch, but we haven't uploaded all the Australia sites yet!): A visit to Loch Ard Gorge (which is very cool to see), could be rationally followed by a trip to the spas of Daylesford and, more important, a moment of reflection over A Precinct for Gods.