The American Guide
       
     
The American Guide
       
     
The American Guide

The brainchild of co-editor Tom McNamara, The American Guide (2012-2015) — a featured Tumblr project with 200,000 subscribers — is neither an encyclopedia nor an encomium of America. Instead, it's a crowdsourced collection of hundreds of dedicated contributors exploring the unique tensions and allure of existence in these here United States. 

The American Guide has been featured by The Atlantic and Oxford American Magazine. In 2014, the project was named one of the best independent travel magazines by The Guardian U.K.

The American Guide project as a whole aims to produce a self-portrait of place, inspired by the mission of a 1930s Federal Writers Project series by the same name. The storytellers live where they document. These are not outsiders parachuting in to grab a roll of vacation snapshots. They are careful chroniclers, residents themselves, and their stories frame the manifestations of American existence — a golden Cadillac ensconced in the shade of Florida pines, shot-peppered PBR cans sprouting from a field, a weather-beaten door giving way to late autumn woods.

The American Guide shows the heart of America’s image of itself, but one that is constantly in flux. 

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