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Greenland, Stand with WGA, Coronation Recipes, Book Souvenirs & More: Endnotes 05 May
Greenland, Stand with WGA, Coronation Recipes, Book Souvenirs & More: Endnotes 05 May
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got library cafés and wine bars, Sri Lankan mobile bakeries, English Breakfast Society, spite houses, fun reading lists, and more.
SSoP Podcast Episode 51 — London: The Tower, Tudors, and a Nice Cuppa Tea
SSoP Podcast Episode 51 — London: The Tower, Tudors, and a Nice Cuppa Tea
Yes, royals, posh accents, and proper cups of tea abound in London. But it's also one of the world's most diverse cities — multicultural, creative, and modern without skimping on its literary and historical legacies.
Tbilisi, Punctuation, Passport Photos, Vacation USSR-Style & More: Endnotes 28 April
Tbilisi, Punctuation, Passport Photos, Vacation USSR-Style & More: Endnotes 28 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Hilary Mantel's unfinished last novel, beautiful/affordable Airbnbs, firefly spectacle, why we need dinner parties, and more.
A Love Letter to the Cookbook 'Middle Eastern Cooking' by Rose Dosti
A Love Letter to the Cookbook 'Middle Eastern Cooking' by Rose Dosti
In my family, nothing brings us together like the promise of delicious food or a commitment to doing something silly to amuse ourselves. This story about a 1980s cookbook and an afternoon with my dad features both.
Charlotte Brontë, Bookshop.org, Mauritania Libraries, Mirror Writing & More: Endnotes 21 April
Charlotte Brontë, Bookshop.org, Mauritania Libraries, Mirror Writing & More: Endnotes 21 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got 10 books set in Berlin, bright Catalan art, the return of Dracula Daily, California's superbloom, destination pizza, and more.
SSoP Podcast Episode 50 — Lebanon: Surrender to the Call of the Mijwiz
SSoP Podcast Episode 50 — Lebanon: Surrender to the Call of the Mijwiz
Yes, Lebanon has a troubled past and tricky present. But there's so much to recommend this tiny Mediterranean country: idyllic beaches, fragrant cedar forests, slinky music, and some of the world's tastiest food.
Spring Tulips, Booker List, Romcom Essays, Travel Movies & More: Endnotes 14 April
Spring Tulips, Booker List, Romcom Essays, Travel Movies & More: Endnotes 14 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the legacy of Juliet Capulet, 19th-century silhouette art, Istanbul spy movies, literary lunch, Belgium itinerary, and more.
Visit Sri Lanka with the Poem 'Timely Enumerations Concerning Sri Lanka'
Visit Sri Lanka with the Poem 'Timely Enumerations Concerning Sri Lanka'
Oliver Rice's poem tells the bittersweet story of Sri Lanka, contrasting the island's lush natural beauty and peaceful Buddhist practices with its history of invasive colonialism, civil war, and vicious politics.
Easter Peeps, Poetry Month, Arctic Train, D&D, Retro Swears & More: Endnotes 07 April
Easter Peeps, Poetry Month, Arctic Train, D&D, Retro Swears & More: Endnotes 07 April
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a roundup of memorable meals, new Edward Gorey exhibit, Q&A with Kelly Link, Syrian red tape, Prague book sculpture, and more.
SSoP Podcast Episode 49 — Sri Lanka: Remarkable, Relentless, Resplendent
SSoP Podcast Episode 49 — Sri Lanka: Remarkable, Relentless, Resplendent
If Sri Lanka makes you all daydreamy about frolicking on the beach at sunset, possibly with friendly elephants, you would not be wrong. It's also the ideal place to take an epic train ride or dig into street food.
Zanzibar, New Gatsby, Bilingual Writing, Antarctica  & More: Endnotes 31 March
Zanzibar, New Gatsby, Bilingual Writing, Antarctica & More: Endnotes 31 March
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the best books adaptations, Czech pastries, a beautiful ghost ship, food in Roald Dahl books, Édouard Manet, and more.
Wander Among the Bookshelves in the Poem 'The Bookshop' by Dick Allen
Wander Among the Bookshelves in the Poem 'The Bookshop' by Dick Allen
Sometimes the real-life characters that populate a bookshop are as compelling as the fictional ones found in books stacked on the shop shelves. This poem stars a bookseller we would love to meet IRL or in a novel.
Hollywood's Cinerama, Tofu Magic, Mystery Novels, Em-Dash & More: Endnotes 24 March
Hollywood's Cinerama, Tofu Magic, Mystery Novels, Em-Dash & More: Endnotes 24 March
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got Chris Pine's literary recs, a romcom essay, applying to writing residencies, street art, a chat with Tillie Walden, and more.
SSoP Podcast Episode 48 — Bookshops: Mostly Paper and Magic
SSoP Podcast Episode 48 — Bookshops: Mostly Paper and Magic
What's better than a charming indie bookshop with a cozy café next door? A bookshop with a café right inside. Or a café that sells a few carefully curated books. We love bookshops and cafés, is what we're saying.
Great Read-Aloud Stories to Celebrate World Storytelling Day
Great Read-Aloud Stories to Celebrate World Storytelling Day
Reading to yourself is great — and sharing a story aloud is a fun way to connect with other people and to share the emotional ride of a tale well-told. It's a solid idea any day, but on 20 March, it's even better.
Truffles, Lost Lit Gems, World Sandwiches, Booker Prize & More: Endnotes 17 March
Truffles, Lost Lit Gems, World Sandwiches, Booker Prize & More: Endnotes 17 March
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got retro NYC travel tips, Tillie Walden's new graphic novel, the joy of rereading, Swiss design hotels, Victorian lit, and more.
Of Beauty and Freedom: The Law Concerning Mermaids by Kei Miller
Of Beauty and Freedom: The Law Concerning Mermaids by Kei Miller
By conjuring images of a mermaid — a beautiful, graceful, free mermaid — this prose poem by Jamaican writer Kei Miller speaks eloquently of the damage caused by imperial rule to colonized people, lands, and seas.
SSoP Podcast Episode 47 — Jamaica: Let's Get Together and Feel All Right
SSoP Podcast Episode 47 — Jamaica: Let's Get Together and Feel All Right
There's so much to recommend a trip to Jamaica. Where else to eat some callaloo, sip smooth Blue Mountain coffee, walk in the footsteps of pirates, sing with the rebels of reggae, and splash in the warm Caribbean?
Schilthorn, Tiny Books, Moomins, Writing Police Reports & More: Endnotes 03 March
Schilthorn, Tiny Books, Moomins, Writing Police Reports & More: Endnotes 03 March
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got dreaming in a foreign language, novels that take place in one day, the Paris catacombs, travel as a time machine, and more.
Over-the-Top Taste of New Orleans: The Bologna Sandwich From 'Turkey and the Wolf'
Over-the-Top Taste of New Orleans: The Bologna Sandwich From 'Turkey and the Wolf'
Forget everything you know about piling meat between slices of bread. New Orleans has a thing or two to teach you about making a sandwich — and some of the tastiest sandwiches are coming out of Turkey and the Wolf.
Seville Oranges, Emily Brontë, Walled Cities, Prose Poetry & More: Endnotes 24 February
Seville Oranges, Emily Brontë, Walled Cities, Prose Poetry & More: Endnotes 24 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a book club with Andrew Sean Greer, a HarperCollins explainer, Edward Hopper's art at NYC's Whitney, tea science, and more.
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