Rijksmuseum Art, Cozy Mystery Series, Happiness Dictionary & More: Endnotes 27 March

Rijksmuseum Art, Cozy Mystery Series, Happiness Dictionary & More: Endnotes 27 March

Friday, 27 March, 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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That airy, vaulted space above is the Reading Room at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum Research Library is one of the primary art libraries in the world. It’s a repository for catalogues from art auctions and exhibitions, as well as books, periodicals, and annual reports related to the museum’s art collections. Librarians have been building the collection uninterrupted since 1885. The museum itself is the country’s national museum dedicated to arts and history in the Netherlands. You can go deep into some of its most beautiful paintings via this virtual tour. (We enthusiastically recommend this; it’s as close as you can get to pressing your nose up against the painting while a guide gives you the inside scoop.)

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  • Bookish podcast of the week: On this episode of Reading Women, the host Kendra Winchester talks to author Emily St. John Mandel about her new novel The Glass Hotel. Mandel wrote the wonderful (but perhaps too stressful for right now?) novel Station Eleven about a global pandemic and the Shakespearean actors who keep art and human spirit alive in the aftermath. (I just started reading The Glass Hotel, and it’s keeping me very engaged. I’ve been starting and abandoning books left and right because I’m so distracted. That this book has me enthralled is the best endorsement I can give it.)

  • Travel podcast of the week: We’re mostly keeping our Strong Sense of Place content a mostly virus-free zone, but here’s an exception: Two of our Prague friends January and Tasci — both American expats like us — have started a daily pod called From Quarantine where they share what’s on their minds as they stay home here in the Czech Republic. In the 23 March episode, they discuss the pressing question: To mask, or not to mask.

It’s maybe corny, but this week, we’re simply wishing you peace.

Top image courtesy of redcharlie.

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