A Cathedral Library, Modern Anne Brontë, Kinder Travel & More: Endnotes 24 January

A Cathedral Library, Modern Anne Brontë, Kinder Travel & More: Endnotes 24 January

Friday, 24 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 cathedral-like space above is the Graduate Reading Room in the Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington in Seattle. It’s named for former University president Henry Suzzallo. The grand arches and other flourishes are a nod to the great halls at Oxford and Cambridge University and were inspired by Henry Suzzallo’s belief that universities should be ‘cathedrals of learning.’ Mere mortals like us can visit!

Café Congreso in Bulacan, Philippines.
  • My travel journal includes scrapbook-style entries with glued-in postcards, cryptic bullet-point lists, and — perhaps most importantly — sketches of slices of cake. Whatever reminds you of your trip is the perfect record.

  • Huh. So I guess I’m Benoit Blanc from Knives Out. (Take the quiz and share your results in comments!)

  • I love it when Buzzfeed gets a little literary: Pride and Prejudice told in John Mulaney Gifs and 23 Jokes about The Great Gatsby.

  • How to be a kinder traveler.

  • Why not organize a dozen friends and RENT A CASTLE?!

  • Our podcasts: We launched our podcast this week (!) with four episodes to whisper sweet book names in your ears. Listen now: Prague, Restaurants, Japan, Mexico.

  • Bookish podcast of the week: On The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan, Erin Morgenstern talks about her new book and how her love of video games inspires her writing. Both David and I include her novel The Night Circus on the list of our all-time favorites, and we both read her latest The Starless Sea in one hazy, magical weekend. It’s a treat to hear Erin talk about her work.

  • Travel podcast of the week: Museopunks is a podcast about progressive museums. In this episode, the hosts dive into a new permanent exhibition called Being Human at the Wellcome Collection in the UK. The exhibit explores what it means to be human in the 21st century, and the discussion with the curators is fascinating.

Wishing you a week that makes you feel good about being a human.

Top image courtesy of Dmitry Burlakov.

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