Tracking New York's slowly fading dominance in books (via: @latimes, HT: @nicolejensen)

A fun look at literature's relationship with New York and London, using statistics and pretty graphs:

Two cities have loomed over the literary imagination of English-language books for two centuries: London and New York, home to the great publishing houses of the English language. But the influence of both has begun to wane over the last quarter-century.

A graphical representation of their weight in book culture comes to us from the artist Edgard Barbosa and the lesser-known Google book data machine called Ngram.

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