Istria, Camping Horror Novels, Road Trips, Flash Fiction & More: Endnotes 06 August

Istria, Camping Horror Novels, Road Trips, Flash Fiction & More: Endnotes 06 August

Friday, 6 August, 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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That beautiful sunset above is in Rovinj, a village on the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia. It’s an old fishing port with tightly-packed, pastel-colored houses that hug the waterline, twisting cobblestone alleys, and an elegant church that stands like a sentinel overlooking the rooftops. {more}

  • Aw. I also really enjoyed in-flight magazines. ‘Yes, these rags were strange creatures, full of ads for steakhouses and doctors while lacking any real controversy in editorial topics. A third of the magazine was always taken up by airport maps, self-promotion, and a crossword that was always half-filled. But the travel features were great, the featured celebrities usually A-level and the photography highly professional.’

  • We’re huge fans of Erik Larson’s narrative nonfiction (like The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake). So we’re super-excited that he’s making a foray into fiction with an audiobook.

  • Not gonna lie: I wouldn’t mind this beautiful ring on my finger.

  • Grief and love are forever intertwined. Grief is the terrible reminder of the depths of our love and, like love, grief is non-negotiable.’

  • This interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia — author of Mexican Gothic and the upcoming Velvet Was the Night — is great!

  • The Library of Congress delves into the history of the American road trip in a poignant, tender essay (with so many delightful links to materials in the Library’s Manuscript Division). ‘A travel journal in the papers of sociologist Rilma Oxley Buckman describes a footloose road trip from Indiana to Alaska, taken in 1950 with a Purdue colleague in a late model Nash. The lady campers had met in Yokohama just after the war, both working with the U.S. military. Adventuring their way north, they socialized and took snapshots. They noted the Huckleberry Finn riverscapes of Illinois and Alaskan roads wobbly as a wagon trail.’

  • Just gonna pretend that trains still look like this:

 

Wishing you exuberantly, joyously playful moments this week.

Top image courtesy of Dimitry Anikin/Unsplash.

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