Central Park, Christmas Markets, 24 Book Genres, Perfect Gravy & More: Endnotes 19 November

Central Park, Christmas Markets, 24 Book Genres, Perfect Gravy & More: Endnotes 19 November

Friday, 19 November, 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?!

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That runway of flame-colored leaves is the Central Park Mall in New York City. It was the first project created by the team of Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. (Olmsted would eventually be known as the father of American landscape architecture. He also designed the landscaping for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, so thrillingly detailed in Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City.) The Mall was originally conceived as an ‘open air hall of reception’ with carriages of wealthy New Yorkers driving its length. Today, it’s populated by skateboarders, rollerbladers, street performers, and all kinds of New Yorkers — including book lovers. The Literary Walk at the south end of the Mall boasts features of Fitz-Greene Halleck (a.k.a, the American Byron), poet Robert Burns, novelist Sir Walter Scott, and the one and only William Shakespeare.

  • Jason Reynolds is the author of the fantastic verse novel Long Way Down. He shares what books have meant to him in this Q&A with The Guardian.

  • Winning headline of the week: The Only Thing Standing Between You and the Best Gravy of Your Life Is Your Own Fear of Greatness.

  • This is very cool. Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands, is the world’s first publicly accessible art storage facility. ‘In the Depot, fourteen compartments are fitted with shelves, racks, and cabinets for all different kinds of artworks. There are compartments for paintings, metal objects, organic and non-organic materials, and black-and-white and color photography. The depot compartments have climate control; the temperature and humidity are kept stable. From the circulation route, the stairs, and the lift, you can see the artworks from a variety of angles. Accompanied by a guide, you can also enter a storage compartment.’

the storage facility inside a musuem

 

Strike your best pose and smile.

Top image courtesy of Sean Pavone/Shutterstock.

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