Buenos Aires, Sanditon, Indie Bookshops, Gothic Cornwall & More: Endnotes 14 May

Buenos Aires, Sanditon, Indie Bookshops, Gothic Cornwall & More: Endnotes 14 May

Friday, 14 May, 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.


That neon beacon above is Latino Sandwich, a lively café in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s just the kind of place we look for when we travel: local ingredients, people from the neighborhood in a line out the door, and rave reviews. The menu is a wonderland of ‘sink sandwiches,’ i.e., sammies so messy and stuffed with ingredients they should be eaten standing over a sink, plus colorful salads and homemade desserts (banana pineapple cake! caramel cheesecake!). Their tagline? ‘We work because we love this sh*t.’ {more}

  • CrimeReads celebrates the crime fiction series that defined the last decade — and The Guardian explores the Japanese whodunnits called Honkaku.

  • Make perfect roasted peppers with a Bulgarian tabletop bonfire.

  • These Victorian Bathing Machines are both charming and so prudish! ‘Once deep enough in the surf, our bather would then exit the cart using the door facing away from prying eyes on the beach and proceed to paddle. For inexperienced swimmers (which would have been most Victorian women in their billowing swimwear), some beach resorts offered the service of a dipper, a strong person of the same sex who would escort the bather out to sea in the cart and essentially push them into the water and yank them out when they were done. As long you as you didn’t drown, for the average Victorian, this sobering experience could be considered a successful day at the beach.’

 black and white image of victorian swimming hut in the water
The mechanical bathing machine of King Alfonso XIII, San Sebastian, Spain, 1908.

postcard of los angeles jet set airport

 bible fitted with a gun inside
17th-century Doge Francesco Morosini was the proud owner of this contraption.
  • CATNIP: The 10 Creepiest Gothic Novels.

  • CATNIP II: The Reckoning: The creative allure of Gothic Cornwall.

  • A few weeks ago, I recommended The Bohemians by Jasmin Darznik. She recently released a beautiful book club guide that you will love, book club or no. It’s got discussion questions, recipes, ‘20 fashions, flapper hairstyles, and more. Get your free copy here.

  • This interview with cartoonist Alison Bechdel is filled with all kinds of inspiring insights. But this is my favorite response: When asked why she wanted to write a book about working out, she said, ‘I couldn’t think of anything else to write about that I felt some degree of passion about in a similar way. It’s this blissful, conflict-free part of my life where I am doing something fun. It occurred to me, Why not take that blissful, conflict-free thing, turn it into a cerebral project, and ruin it for yourself? So that’s what I did.’

  • 4 words: The Golden Retriever Experience.


Wishing you the metaphorical joy and comfort of a pack of golden retrievers.

Top image courtesy of Nathana Rebouças/Unsplash.

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