NEWSHOUR via KQED: Artist rearranges the world with objects she mines from Google Maps

Jenny Odell first had an epiphany about the artistic possibilities of everyday web-based tools when she left Berkeley, California, and moved to San Francisco.

“I was getting lost a lot and spending a lot of time on Google Maps trying to figure out my environment,” Odell said. “Pretty soon, I realized that Google Maps could be used for artistic purposes as well as practical ones.”

Pictured above: 77 Salt and Waste Ponds (Jenny Odell)
A Google Map of All Your Favorite Books
Have you ever wanted to visit the locations of your favorite books? If so, plotting your next literary vacation just got easier with this handy Google Maps mash-up by

How about a road trip that starts getting nostalgic in New England with Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, moves to getting creeped out in New Hampshire with Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, then relives Arthur Miller’s The Crucible in Salem, Massachusetts, Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland in Rhode Island, J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye in Agerstown, Pennsylvania, before moving over to NYC to check out the restaurants in Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho. After that, you can swing over to Long Island to see the house that inspired The Great Gatsby

Road trip!!!