". . . Yes, but how about geography?  No, I don’t merely want a new geography.  I want a geography of my own, a geography that shall tell me what I want to know and omit everything else.  [. . .]  Put all the mountains and the cities and the oceans on your maps and then tell us only about the people who live in those places and why they are there and where they came from and what they are doing  -  a sort of human interest story applied to geography.  And please stress the places that are really interesting and don’t pay quite as much attention to the others . . ."

- from a letter to Hendrik Willem van Loon