Blog alert: John Tallis’s book, London Street Views—as presented in the January 5, 2017, post at Spitalsfield Life—was intended to supply map aids to travelers unfamiliar with London. Its simple depiction after depiction of street façades would be a boon to any historical novelist setting a story in London in the 1830’s, but it also calls up a eerily empty city. Science fiction anyone? Or pictures to cut out for a paper-doll town. Or the project of an eccentric family of children. Or—what?