Vintage Bookshelves, Feasting in Zanzibar, Novel Fashion & More: Endnotes 31 January

Vintage Bookshelves, Feasting in Zanzibar, Novel Fashion & More: Endnotes 31 January

Friday, 31 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.

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The fantastical pink tower wrapped in a dragon is Wat Samphran, a Buddhist temple just outside of Bangkok in Thailand. Inside the 17-story building, you’ll find a giant gold Buddha and several shrines. Intrepid visitors can also climb up inside the winding belly of the dragon.

Images from Louis Vuitton's 'Fashion is a novel' lookbook.
  • How about anime adapted from manga about a manga bookstore? Meet skull-face bookseller.

  • Destination Inspiration: Bodø, Norway. Shortlisted as one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2024!

  • Literary Airbnb Reviews from McSweeney’s are just as cleverly snarky as you’d expect. (Shout-out to Claire Diaz-Ortiz for the link.)

  • This isn’t new, but slick vocabulary never goes out of style. Are you an abibliophobe and a bibliophagist — or are you more of a logophile?!

  • Ken Jennings tells us all about Oymyakon, Russia is the coldest place on Earth.

  • Bookish podcast of the week: On the BBC Bookclub podcast, host James Naughtie talks to accomplished authors about their best-known novels. In this installment, Peter Høeg talks about Smilla’s Sense of Snow, which I re-read recently and loved all over again. (But it was stranger and nerdier than I remembered. Have you read it? Let’s chat in comments about it.)

  • Travel podcast of the week: Women Who Travel is a podcast from Condé Nast Traveler magazine. In this episode, the hosts talk to Jessica Nabongo, the first black woman to visit every country in the world.

Wishing you a book so good you stay up way too late to read one more chapter.

Top image courtesy of R.M. Nunes.

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