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The Delightful and Diabolical World of Edward Gorey
The Delightful and Diabolical World of Edward Gorey
In honor of what would have been American artist Edward Gorey's 95th birthday, we invite you to creep into his gleefully macabre world of Victorian manor houses, elegant characters, with plenty of murder and mayhem.
Novels in Translation, Nevada Road Trips, Nautical Terms & More: Endnotes 21 February
Novels in Translation, Nevada Road Trips, Nautical Terms & More: Endnotes 21 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the Phyrne Fisher movie, mid-century Gothic novels, Miss Havisham, Indian root bridges, the downside of solo travel, and more.
Walk on the Beach and Confront Your Fears with Stephen King's 'Joyland'
Walk on the Beach and Confront Your Fears with Stephen King's 'Joyland'
This story has the ideal elements for a King horror tale — a creepy carny, a haunted ride, a fortune teller, and an unsolved murder — it's really a coming-of-age story that captures that breathless ache of summer.
Sing a Song of the Sailor: Everything You Need to Know About Sea Shanties
Sing a Song of the Sailor: Everything You Need to Know About Sea Shanties
Once you've heard a crew singing 'Roll the Old Chariot,' you'll not forget it. Sea shanties are infectious — and they served an important function aboard ship. We've got the backstory on this charming nautical art form.
A Classic Tom Collins Cocktail Inspired by 'The Last Cruise'
A Classic Tom Collins Cocktail Inspired by 'The Last Cruise'
The Tom Collins is the ultimate highball, a combo of gin, simple syrup, lemon, and bubbly water. This classic is effervescent and refreshing — the ideal go-along for a literary thriller set on a retro luxury liner.
Chart a Course for Adventure: 8 Thrilling Books Set on the Sea
Chart a Course for Adventure: 8 Thrilling Books Set on the Sea
It's anchors aweigh on these literary voyages that promise excitement of both the physical and emotional variety. You'll meet a lady pirate, a WWII freighter captain, the passengers of a luxury liner, Ishmael, and more.
SSoP Podcast Episode 06 — The Sea: Tales of Poets and Pirates
SSoP Podcast Episode 06 — The Sea: Tales of Poets and Pirates
From a luxury cruise to battered warships and open seas to exotic ports, the ocean is a compelling setting for stories of big adventure, quiet moments, human vs. nature, and the drama sparked by close quarters aboard ship.
The Librarian-Spy, Chocolate Sorcery, Miami Beach Colors & More: Endnotes 14 February
The Librarian-Spy, Chocolate Sorcery, Miami Beach Colors & More: Endnotes 14 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a global landmarks quiz, the logic of spoken English, delightful old book illustrations, high-stakes hotel security, and more.
Take a World Tour (and Fall in Love) with a Charming Author in the Novel 'Less'
Take a World Tour (and Fall in Love) with a Charming Author in the Novel 'Less'
Arthur Less is a medium-successful author with an OK life. But he's turning 50, his ex-boyfriend's in love — and Arthur is invited to the wedding. He does the only reasonable thing: he takes a trip around the world.
Wigtown Postcards: What It's Like to Run a Bookshop in Scotland's National Book Town
Wigtown Postcards: What It's Like to Run a Bookshop in Scotland's National Book Town
It's a readers' paradise: buttery scones and shortbread and tea, a windy landscape with the scent of the sea, and bookshops. Oh, the bookshops! Every genre, new and used, and a bookstore cat. What else could you need?
Victorian Mansions, Malaysian Food, Award-Winning Travel Photos & More: Endnotes 07 February
Victorian Mansions, Malaysian Food, Award-Winning Travel Photos & More: Endnotes 07 February
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got weird stuff left in Ubers, dining with nomads in Kyrgyzstan, crime novels with a strong sense of place, a notorious mansion, and more.
Get Caught Up in a Coming-of-Age Story in Pre-Revolution Iran with 'Disoriental'
Get Caught Up in a Coming-of-Age Story in Pre-Revolution Iran with 'Disoriental'
Take a suspenseful, surprising trip to pre-Revolution Iran with an unforgettable heroine. This gripping story travels from the green mountains of northern Iran to the city streets of Tehran and Paris of the 1980s.
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