“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”
So wrote Joan Didion.
And in keeping with her observation, this catalogue attempts, however loosely and haphazardly, to offer a small collection of the various ways in which a place can be defined: personally, culturally, historically, geographically. So, within you’ll find not only the diaries and correspondence of everyday people trying to make sense of their surroundings ... in war, during the American western expansion, or even just a youthful jaunt through Europe, but also the material realities of the mundane of everyday commerce, everyday work, everyday existence.
For such within is the stuff of place in everyday life. Enjoy.