along these lines: “A London street map is a mess: a preposterously complex tangle of veins and capillaries, the cardiovascular system of a monster.”

Jody Rosen’s in-depth article The Knowledge, London’s Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS in T Magazine, asks whether memorizing the city’s 25,000 streets should be celebrated as learning in and for itself.

Here’s one of the point-to-point lists that would-be London cab driver Matt McCabe reeled off in a Knowledge test:

Leave on the right, Coldharbour Lane
Left into Denmark Hill
Forward Camberwell Road
Forward Walworth Road
Comply Elephant and Castle
Leave by Newington Causeway
Forward Borough High Street
Forward over London Bridge
Forward into King William Street
Forward Lombard Street
Forward Bank Junction
Forward Prince’s Street
Forward Moorgate
Forward Finsbury Pavement
Forward Finsbury Square
Forward City Road
Comply Old Street roundabout
Leave by City Road continued
Right Provost Street
Right Vestry Street
Left into East Road
Forward New North Road
Forward Canonbury Road
Comply Highbury Corner
Leave by Holloway Road
Right Drayton Park
Set down on the left

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