Immanent in the Manifold City: A Newspaper for Time-Travellers

December 18, 2009


Update: This newspaper is now for sale.

I have been somewhat obsessed with the eccentric figure of Walking Stewart for a number of years, since first encountering him in some dusty library, at the unpopular end of De Quincey’s “Collected Works”.

A strange, liminal figure, Stewart seems to stalk the margins of the Nineteenth Century, his own, multitudinous, works forgotten, but his footsteps echoing through the recollections of his contemporaries. I’ve wanted to do something with him for ages.


When Newspaper Club offered me another chance to make a newspaper – following the summer’s Book Club Boutique paper – I decided to attempt that something.

One of the odd qualities attributed to Stewart was his ubiquity: a perceived ability to be in more than one place at a time. Following a lifetime of walking across the known world, his final years in London were spent in seemingly unending peregrinations across the city, and more than one commentator recorded encountering him in impossible positions: sat steadfast upon Westminster Bridge, and minutes later, as steadfast upon a bench in St James’ Park. De Quincey himself records passing him at Somerset House, and then overtaking him again on Tottenham Court Road – despite having taken the shortest route through Covent Garden.


Drawing upon OpenStreetMap, styled with Cloudmade to resemble antique atlases, I collected these routes and anecdotes, and present them here in newspaper form. But the newspaper is a foldable, pliable thing, just as Stewart himself seemed to fold the cityscape around himself. And so we have maps that can fold upon themselves to delineate not only the narrator’s journey, but that of Stewart himself. Folded correctly, the maps reveal how Stewart breaks the margins of the map to travel, invisibly, through space and time.

There is also an introductory essay – a meditation on ubiquity, immanence and time travel, drawing on Stewart’s life, Jewish mysticism, Deleuzian metaphysics and special relativity – together with selected quotes and sources.

The first edition of the newspaper is produced in a limited run of five copies. Following investigation and use, there may be a second edition at some future point in time – or space…

Update: This newspaper is now for sale.

Full image set at Flickr →



  1. I’ll swap you one of my newspapers for one of yours… :)

    Comment by Chris — December 18, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

  2. What Chris said, without the smiley…

    Comment by Matt — December 18, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  3. I’ll just pay money! This looks beautiful!

    Comment by Eoin Purcell — December 18, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

  4. What they said, but hard cash instead of my newspaper

    Comment by Greg — December 18, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

  5. what eoin said, cash-money. looks great, I want one!

    Comment by GCBB — December 18, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

  6. “Folded correctly, the maps reveal how Stewart breaks the margins of the map to travel, invisibly, through space and time.”

    Intriguing. Another wonderful production!

    Comment by Fin Keegan — December 18, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

  7. I’m holding out cash right now. Gimme!

    Comment by Stephen — December 22, 2009 @ 3:20 am

  8. Joining the queue. (me too please!)
    Marvellous work.

    Comment by Boris Anthony — December 22, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

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  10. I forget what link I followed to get here but I want this, too, please! Put it up on Lulu or some other publish-on-demand service.

    Happy New Year,


    Comment by Eric Marcus — December 27, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

  11. Ah c’m on now, tell us where we can purchase…

    Comment by Ed — December 30, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

  12. Update: This newspaper is now for sale at

    Comment by James Bridle — January 29, 2010 @ 11:10 am

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