Epistolary Novels, Dinner Parties in Lit, Tiki Bars, Whaling Art & More: Endnotes 15 January

Epistolary Novels, Dinner Parties in Lit, Tiki Bars, Whaling Art & More: Endnotes 15 January

Friday, 15 January, 2021

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 elegantly crumbling theater above is a reminder to us all to look for inspiration in unexpected places. Photographer Paul Morris turns his lens on natural landscapes and abandoned buildings to great effect. To capture this haunting image, he lit the theater — found in an abandoned hospital complex in France — with 300 tea lights at 1:00 a.m. {more}

  • This essay by Amy Stewart makes the case that all epistolary novels are mysteries: ‘It’s this sense of discovery — the slow reveal through the shuffling of documents, the paper trail left behind in the wake of a tragedy — that gives us, the readers, the same thrill that historians and archivists must feel when they uncover a cache of historical records.’

  • This is colorful fun: Can you match these iconic national costumes to the country? (I got 11/17.)

  • Who couldn’t go for a colorful cocktail (or mocktail) in a tiki glass right about now? This illustrated history of tiki culture will have to do for the present.

  • Did you get caught up in sea shanty mania this week? David and I did! The version below is my favorite rendition of ‘Wellerman,’ but you can find more here. Also of interest: The Public Domain Review (a fantastic site with essays about images in the public domain) features beautiful illustrations from the logbooks of Nantucket whaleships.

illustrations of whales from a 19th-century logbook
Drawings of whales in the log of the ship Indian Chief kept by Thomas R. Bloomfield (1842–1844).
unusual trees on socotra island
Dragon's Blood Trees on Socotra Island. Photo courtesy of Rod Waddington/Flickr.
 photo of black and white decor of the forever rose cafe in dubai
Forever Rose Café in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
  • Bookish podcast of the week: On the Lit Century: 100 Years, 100 Books podcast, the hosts choose one book for each year of the 20th century and take a deep dive into its pages with a special guest. In a recent episode, they discuss Shirley Jackson’s classic The Haunting of Hill House. Part 1Part 2

  • Travel podcast of the week: On the You Should Have Been There podcast, the hosts Simon Calder (travel correspondent for The Independent) and Mick Webb discuss the world of travel. In this episode, they talk to Susan Baxter — the author of A History of the World in 500 Walks — about the joy of long walks.

 

Wishing you delightful new things and comforting familiar stuff.

Top image courtesy of v2osk/Unsplash.

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