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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.
Slow Down with the Lyrical Poem 'Going Home: New Orleans' by Sheryl St. Germain
Slow Down with the Lyrical Poem 'Going Home: New Orleans' by Sheryl St. Germain
This poem by Sheryl St. Germain will transport you to a quiet New Orleans, a languorous city where you can rest your bones on a porch swing, listen to the night sounds, and relish details that make it feel like home.
SSoP Podcast Episode 46 — New Orleans: Pass a Good Time
SSoP Podcast Episode 46 — New Orleans: Pass a Good Time
It's said there are good times and good stories. New Orleans promises both. From the everyday magic of beignets and jazz and voodoo to the once-a-year razzle-dazzle of Mardi Gras, The Big Easy is a serious party.
Eismeer Station, Reading Strategy, Trieste, Rom-Com Novels & More: Endnotes 17 February
Eismeer Station, Reading Strategy, Trieste, Rom-Com Novels & More: Endnotes 17 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got cities with distinct smells, revisiting 'The Remains of the Day,' Gudrid the Far-Traveled, Iceland's baby puffins, and more.
Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla De Patatas) Inspired by 'When I Sing, Mountains Dance'
Spanish Tortilla (Tortilla De Patatas) Inspired by 'When I Sing, Mountains Dance'
It may look like a simple omelet or a frittata, but the tortilla de patatas is something special. Slinky with olive oil and tender to the bite, it might be Spain's most iconic dish. And you can make it at home.
Bora Bora, Ampersands, Remote Hotels, Hot Boy Readers & More: Endnotes 10 February
Bora Bora, Ampersands, Remote Hotels, Hot Boy Readers & More: Endnotes 10 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got 20 awesome songs about books, modeling Frank Lloyd Wright's designs, an argument for tourism, a charming food diary, and more.
Poems by Théophile Gautier and Emma Lazarus About the Beauty of the Alhambra
Poems by Théophile Gautier and Emma Lazarus About the Beauty of the Alhambra
Who among us hasn't looked back in longing — either with our eyes or our memories — to a beautiful, beloved place and wished we hadn't had to leave? These poems capture that tender feeling with exquisite precision.
SSoP Podcast Episode 45 — Spain: Valencia, Velázquez, and Vermouth
SSoP Podcast Episode 45 — Spain: Valencia, Velázquez, and Vermouth
One lifetime isn't long enough to enjoy all the amazing food, art, architecture, outdoor adventures, and general good-life vibes it has to offer. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try! Let us help you get started.
Up Helly Aa, Teen Sleuths, Heywood Hill Books, Pasta Love & More: Endnotes 03 February
Up Helly Aa, Teen Sleuths, Heywood Hill Books, Pasta Love & More: Endnotes 03 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a revolutionary food writer, sweet wooden automata, books that weave stories within stories, a comic about flying, and more.
SSoP Podcast Season 5: Announcing 12 Exciting Destinations
SSoP Podcast Season 5: Announcing 12 Exciting Destinations
Season Five of our podcast starts 06 February! We're delighted to share the 12 destinations we'll explore. From Jamaica to Sri Lanka, Argentina to Maine, and points in between. Get set for adventure and great books.
Lewis Carroll, Escape Rooms, Reading Rituals, Bibliomat & More: Endnotes 27 January
Lewis Carroll, Escape Rooms, Reading Rituals, Bibliomat & More: Endnotes 27 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the English Breakfast Society, a Gamache Read-a-Long, narrative paper sculptures, an ode to Lunar New Year, Word Daily, and more.
Grilled Cheese, Grammar Foibles, Shadowology, Celeb Memoirs & More: Endnotes 20 January
Grilled Cheese, Grammar Foibles, Shadowology, Celeb Memoirs & More: Endnotes 20 January
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a tasty essay from Andrew Sean Greer, the Miss Universe 'National Costumes,' great audiobooks, Queen Victoria's art, and more.
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