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That majestic trio above was photographed in western Mongolia. For hundreds of years, the Kazakh have practiced berkutchi, the art of hunting on horseback with trained golden eagles. A semi-nomadic people, the Kazakh live in yurts and ride their pony-like horses across the mountains and valleys of the region. Each fall, many hunters gather at the Bayan-Olgii, the golden eagle hunters’ festival that takes place in Olgii City where the hunters show off their eagle-human team skills and also play traditional Kazakh games like kokbar — a tug-of-war that’s played on horseback — and tenge alu which has the hunters trying to pick up tokens on the ground without getting off their horses. An old Kazakh proverb says, ‘Fast horses and fierce eagles are the wings of the Kazakh people.’ Enjoy more stunning photos, audio, and video — and read more about this sacred tradition.
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Makerie Studio is making gorgeous sculptures of nature and fairy-tale imagery from paper.
You might want to get in on this Kickstarter for an epistolary game called Remember August. It is described thusly and is so much YES, PLEASE: Remember August is an immersive mail-based keepsake game played by writing and mailing one half of a letter correspondence to your childhood friend, who is lost in time. Get all the details here.
This soapstone whale — from the California Chumash culturem circa 1200-1600 A.D. – is very soothing and satisfying.
Not sure how much travel any of us will be doing in the near future, but save these links for later; they’re packed with very useful tips: 16 charts of traveling hacks and tips to make air travel as smooth as possible.
This is a neat peek inside the minds of previous winners of the Booker Prize. Hilary Mantel, Margaret Atwood, Marlon James… oh, my.
Exciting news for Agatha Christie fans: A dozen contemporary writers — Naomi Alderman, Ruth Ware, Elly Griffiths — will reimagine Miss Marple ‘through their own unique perspective while staying true to the hallmarks of a traditional mystery.’ The short story collection is slated for publication in September 2022.
Add a great book, and this is pretty much a dream scenario for a readerly introvert:
These photos of pie-eating contests across America are just as silly and delightful as you might expect.
I don’t think this needs much of a sales pitch: 1000 ways to fry rice.
Neat! IKEA is hosting a home tour around the world on 16 September. Meet chefs, DJs, musicians, your neighbor, and more. They’ll be happy to see you and give a tour of their most personal of spaces – home. Schedule here.
You know we love a circus here at SSoP HQ, and yes, we extend that affection to carnivals. (For the food, never the rides.) Here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the life of workers in a traveling carnival. (For a fictional take on a traveling circus, we recommend Miraculum by Steph Post and The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler — and Joyland by Stephen King is set in a beachside carnival.)
The Library of Congress National Book Festival is next week: 17-26 September. This epic event will be presented online in live and recorded video, and NPR will conduct interviews as a podcast series. Find all the details you need right here — and here’s a handy PDF shedule you can download.
I’m very excited about the prerecorded videos because I can watch them in my not-in-the-US time zone! My personal festival schedule includes: Tana French, Roxane Gay, Lupita Nyong’o, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
A bunch of authors are doing live sessions that I can’t catch (middle of the night) but would love to hear — maybe you want to check them out! It looks like some of these will be available as video afterward: Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown; Will Shortz, crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times; Maggie Shipstead in conversation with Kristin Hannah; Mary Roach; and Jason Reynolds.
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