Cat Islands, Butlers in Lit, Square Waves, Victorian Puns & More: Endnotes 30 July

Cat Islands, Butlers in Lit, Square Waves, Victorian Puns & More: Endnotes 30 July

Friday, 30 July, 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 clever, handsome cat lives on Tashirojima, a.k.a., Cat Island, in Japan. The island’s population is currently 25-percent humans and 75-percent cats. Sounds pretty purrfect. Back in the day, the island was a hub for silkworm production, and cats were brought in to patrol for pests. As the human population aged out, the pampered cats multiplied, and now, it’s a tourist destination. There are 11 (!) other cat islands in Japan.

 fireflies in the forest in taichung, taiwan
Fireflies in the forest in Taichung, Taiwan. Photo by Htu/Getty Images.
  • You need to know about the Exercise Book Archive. It’s an online collection of old exercise books written by children from 30 different countries from the late 1700s until the early 2000s. And check this out: You can volunteer to transcribe or translate! I loved this sweet story about planting trees from a notebook from the year I was born (1968) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This one from a 3rd-grade girl just before WWII in Tarporley, UK, is also very good. She writes, ‘Our Milk man is called Mr B. and he brings our milk every morning. He has a horse and its name is Dolly, and he has cart to put his milk cans in… On each side of his cart he has a lamp to see where he is going, and sometimes in Summer he gives me apples.’ You can also just click the crossed arrows icon in the upper right to enjoy a random page. (Sorry/not sorry for the time you will lose exploring this treasure trove.) And finally, here’s a Collector’s Weekly interview with the founder.

  • Declaring herself her ‘own heroine,’ artist and diarist Marie Bashkirtseff decided her name was going to live through the ages. In 1884, she had consumption and had little time left. ‘Should sufficient time remain before her death, she hoped to secure posthumous renown through her painting. In the event of an early death, her diary was to be published.’

  • These circular stained glass windows found in cathedrals are called rose windows (or sometimes wheel windows), and they are just the best. Click through to Instagram for more fascinating info about these beautiful works of art.

 

May beautiful light shine on you and yours this week.

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