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Oberholtzer '08 and Westphal '08 Publish I Love Charts: The Book

Alumni News & Notes

By Briana Wagner '13
Posted June 5, 2012
Tags Alumni Books GOLD

On May 1, Sourcebooks released I Love Charts: The Book by Jason Oberholtzer '08 and Cody Westphal '08.  The book is a collection of the best previously unpublished charts from their blog I Love Charts, which was created in 2009 and has grown to 100,000 followers on Tumblr and a half a million views a month. The Huffington Post ranked the blog first on their list of "33 Tumblogs You Need to Follow" and the New York Observer called it one of the "100 funniest Tumblrs…ever."

 

Based on the highly successful website, I Love Charts: The Book is far more than the standard blog-to-book offering, using the book format to explore charts from a human perspective and creating an experience entirely different from the blog. The central question: why do we chart?

 

I Love Charts: The Book includes the best never-before-seen charts and essays, ranging across many subjects, from the absurd and ironic to the starkly literal, with charts dedicated to love, loss, art, culture, and the minutiae of every day life.

 

From a flowchart on appropriate times to use the 'reply all' button, to a table to help you communicate with academics, plus handy maps of heaven and hell and a guide to all professional sports seasons, laugh and learn a bit more about yourself and about the charts we all love

 

At Hamilton, Oberholtzer majored in music and comparative literature. Westphal majored in geosciences.

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