Literary Introverts, Travel & Empathy, New Library Podcast & More: Endnotes 06 December

Literary Introverts, Travel & Empathy, New Library Podcast & More: Endnotes 06 December

Friday, 6 December, 2019

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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Can’t you almost taste the cool, crisp air in the photo above? That’s Tuolomne Meadows (pronounced too-ALL-uh-me) in Yosemite National Park. It’s 8600 feet above sea level and is a wonderland for summer hikers with trails leading to alpine lakes, dramatic waterfalls, and granite domes. In the winter, you can only get there on cross-country skis. {more}

  • Need to buy airline tix for the holidays? According to this report, you’ve got until about 9 December to get decent deals. ‘The cheapest airfares for Christmas travel will be between November 23 and December 9… Booking during that window can save travelers around 15 percent.’

  • If you’ve ever wanted to write for The Paris Review, now is your chance! The prestigious publication recently announced an open call for its volunteer reading program. Deadline is 23 December.

  • This ‘Countries by Borders’ quiz was surprisingly hard; I am humbled. Want to give it a go?

  • I’m excited to read The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson, a thriller set in Reykjavik, Iceland. LitHub has an excerpt!

  • This poem What Happened to Your Book Today by Kate Messner was written to cheer up writers who feel diminished by awards season. But I want you to read it because it’s a love letter to the magic of books.

  • Hi! My name is Melissa, and I’m an INFJ. Here are four introverted book and movie characters that will make introverts feel seen.

  • This lovely Chinese gentleman looks like he popped right out of the pages of a fantastical novel, and now I need to make a cormorant my familiar.

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A traditional cormorant fisherman works on the Li River Yangshuo, China.
  • Bookish podcast of the week: In each episode of the new Ex Libris Podcast, the host meets a great writer in a library or bookshop of their choosing — then they talk about our favorite things: libraries, writing, and books. In this episode, author Ken Follet discusses his relationship with the library and his new book about Notre Dame Cathedral.

  • Travel podcast of the week: We’ve been celebrating the sea on our blog and Instagram this week. So we recommend the Ocean Podcast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a quick tutorial on The Nautical Origins of 10 Popular Phrases.

Happy weekend! I like the cut of your jib.

Top image courtesy of James Donovan.

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