Living: Access Reinvents the Guidebook

Opening up cities block by block, door by door

Like traveler's checks and Lomotil, guidebooks are a necessary nuisance. All too often the information they contain is inadequate, ill written and, worst of all, irrationally organized. Yet how else to find out which museum has the Raphaels and where they serve good veal? In a radical approach to the genre, a two-year-old Los Angeles publishing company named AccessPress Ltd. has, under the guidance of its founder, Architect-Cartographer Richard Saul Wurman, 49, reinvented the wheel with a series of compact volumes that open up cities...

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