Librarian Belle da Costa Greene, World Cuisine, Retro Metro & More: Endnotes 05 June

Librarian Belle da Costa Greene, World Cuisine, Retro Metro & More: Endnotes 05 June

Friday, 5 June, 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 red squirrel above lives in Tallinn, Estonia. You can find these cute critters all over the British Isles and Eurasia. They have sharp, curved claws for climbing trunks and branches, and strong hind legs for leaping between trees — and they can swim! FWIW, they also look like they’re excellent listeners. I like the idea of this squirrel inviting us to unload our mental burdens on him, without feeling like we need to lift his spirits in the process. You’re invited to have a chat right now with the therapy squirrel.

  • Here’s a soothing escape: Sounds of the Lapland, including water streaming between two fells, reindeer grazing in a field, footsteps walking through snow, and more.

  • The Guardian recommends Top 10 Scottish Crime Novels. (And here are our recommendations for Scottish nonfiction, crime, YA, historical fiction, and more.)

  • This is like something from a fantasy story: a Medieval village in Italy — that’s been submerged in a lake — might be about to resurface

  • Bookish podcast of the week: The podcast Reading Women celebrates Caribbean Heritage Month with book recommendations. I picked up a copy of the recommended book Frying Plantain, and I can’t wait to dig into these interconnected short stories.

  • Travel podcast of the week: Sidedoor is a podcast produced by the Smithsonian Institute, and each episode digs into one fascinating story in American history. This week seems like a good time to get to know young Harriet Tubman and this story about a tiny cabin in South Carolina that became the cornerpiece of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


mural of george floyd in minneapolosi

  • Twitter user Ashley Fairbanks photographed the colorful, moving street art that are appearing around Minneapolis in remembrance of George Floyd.

  • The Smithsonian has collected articles, videos, podcasts, and websites that ‘chronicle the history of anti-black violence and inequality in the United States.’

  • Here are 10 Black-Owned Online Bookstores you can shop from home — and another 50 or so across the U.S..

  • Fulton Street Books & Coffee in Tulsa, OK, is now selling an Ally Box, a 3-month limited book subscription for allies (and those who seek to be allies). Each box includes two books, curated resources, and suggested action steps; the subscription also includes access to an online learning collaborative. The first box ships on 1 July, and you can preorder now.

  • This mini-comic by our friend Rebecca Roher tells the story of Canadian civil rights activist Viola Desmond. You can click through the pages with the arrows in the Instagram frame. Part 1 is below; here’s part 2.


Thank you for doing what you can in your community to fight racism.

Top image courtesy of Toimetaja tõlkebüroo/Unsplash.

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