Crime Writing Secrets, a Pushkin Theme Park, Unlikeable Characters & More: Endnotes 17 January

Crime Writing Secrets, a Pushkin Theme Park, Unlikeable Characters & More: Endnotes 17 January

Friday, 17 January, 2020

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.


That charming building that looks like the set of a Wes Anderson film is the Hotel Belvedere on the Furka Pass (a.k.a., Furkastrasse) in Switzerland. The hotel was built in 1882 and became a popular tourist attraction because it was located right next to the Rhône glacier. Sean Connery was said to be a fan, and the movie Goldfinger features James Bond in a car chase on the winding mountain road. {more}

The Supperclub Tube in London.
  • Author Monica Rajesh on taking the Trans-Mongolian from Moscow to Beijing: ‘I was privileged to witness how deeply this train carved through the Earth, shining a light into its darkest corners.’

  • Ghent, Belgium, got rid of cars and transformed the city in a decade.

  • Dick Francis was not only the master of horse-racing crime novels, he also wrote great women.

  • This is poignant news: A travel guide written by Anthony Bourdain will be published next October. It’s called World Travel: An Irreverent Guide, and it’s available for pre-order now. (We miss Anthony Bourdain a lot.)

  • Coffee with eggnog and whipped cream? OK!

  • The Week says that pre-ordering books is the best life hack. (Gifts for future-you are a nice idea, and pre-ordering helps authors.)

  • Our podcast: I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t mention that Episode 0 of the Strong Sense of Place podcast is now ready for your ears. Listen here.

  • Bookish podcast of the week: Shedunnit is a podcast that ‘unravels the mysteries behind classic detective stories.’ One chilly night in November 1912, a group of young women — including Dorothy L. Sayers — gathered together to share their writing. In this episode, host Caroline Crampton introduces us to the writing circle known as The Mutual Admiration Society.

  • Travel podcast of the week: In addition to his radio show, TV program, and travel guides, Rick Steves also produces Rick Steves Travel Talks, in-person events packed with helpful info. This presentation is a mini-class on beginning French phrases for travelers.

Wishing you a fairytale weekend and something good to eat.

Top image courtesy of Mohamad Babayan.

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