Myanmar, Board Game History, Peruvian Cuisine, Art for Readers & More: Endnotes 24 September

Myanmar, Board Game History, Peruvian Cuisine, Art for Readers & More: Endnotes 24 September

Friday, 24 September, 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 dreamy photo of Buddhist monks above was taken in Myanmar. Buddhism is practiced by almost 90% of the population there; the two most popular practices are merit-making (accumulation of good merit through charity and good deeds to obtain a favorable rebirth) and vipassanā meditation (training of the mind to see things as they really are.) This video will take you inside the UNESCO World Heritage site of the 12th-century temple at Bagan.

  • This is really good: Find Your Bunk, Change Your Life: Thinking About Liminal Spaces in Books, TV, and Movies. Katie Lattari, author of Dark Things I Adore, discusses how transitional places — camps, colleges, and boarding schools — serve as powerful settings for stories of thrills, chills, and gore.

  • Is there a perfect shape for books? ‘Everyone has their book-object hangups. There’s something compelling about a gorgeous paper-over-boards book… I love a small-format hardcover… they feel compactly special, the literary equivalent of a petite but intensely flavorful dessert.’

  • The beach can be a special place in fall and winter. ‘Strolling along sandy shores is always a great activity, even if you have to wrap up in a jacket and scarf to do it. And hearing the waves crash from your bedroom window can be even more comforting if you’re wrapped up in a big fluffy comforter to keep warm and cozy.’

  • Bring on spooky season! Bustle recommends 25 best vampire books and BookRiot explores the Gothic novels with shoutouts in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey.

  • You probably need these chocolate bars inspired by classic literature.

  • Fancy a stay at this villa in Vals, Switzerland?!

 

May you embrace your own brand of weird this week.

Top image courtesy of vectorx2263/Shutterstock.

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