A Landmark Pub, Foghorn Tunes, Literary Houses, Capri & More: Endnotes 04 September

A Landmark Pub, Foghorn Tunes, Literary Houses, Capri & More: Endnotes 04 September

Friday, 4 September, 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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Nope, that building above is not a set from a Wes Anderson film. It’s one of the best pubs in London, and it has a very colorful history. From Oscar Wilde’s time, circa 1879, until the mid-1980s, it was a gay-friendly pub; I like to imagine Oscar sauntering through the front door, tossing off bon mots. The interior is a spectacular example of traditional pub decor with art nouveau touches, private booths, fireplaces, and classical busts on top of the bar. No wonder it’s been the shooting location for several films, including the black-and-white noir thriller Victim (1961), the 1969 musical Goodbye Mr. Chips, and Travels with My Aunt (1972), based on the novel by Grahame Greene and starring the indomitable Maggie Smith.

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  • Let the romantic, slightly mournful sound of San Francisco fog horns wash over you, and enjoy the cool thing that Austin Kleon did after he heard the recording.

  • Fascinating! A peek inside Edith Wharton’s library and what it tells us about her reading habits.

  • Want to play a literature-based online card game? Electric Lit has a new game called Digital Papercuts that’s a mashup of Apples to Apples™ and Cards Against Humanity.™

  • In this talk from the Happiness Festival, Philip Davis talks about the connection between reading and mental health.

  • Related: Discover magazine on how reading fiction increases empathy and encourages understanding. ‘[With] someone who you’re married to… or a close friend, you can actually get to know them. Reading fiction enables you to sample across a much wider range of possible people and come to understand something about the differences among them.’

  • Bookish podcast of the week: Newbery Tart is a podcast about kids’ books for adults, hosted by a librarian and a bookseller. In this episode, they talk about the finalist of the 1971 Newbery Medal for excellence in American children’s literature — Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl — and get into what we expect from heroines in sci-fi.

  • Travel podcast of the week: Did you know that there’s a podcast called America’s National Parks?! How great is that! In this episode, you can hear a very entertaining 12-minute story about Dinosaur National Monument on the border between Utah and Colorado.

Synonyms for curious: inquisitive, interested, investigative, disquisitive, meddling, snoopy (not the dog)

Top image courtesy of Simone Hutsch/Unsplash.

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