Prague, Best Graphic Lit, Newsletter Boom, Ice Sculptures & More: Endnotes 17 December

Prague, Best Graphic Lit, Newsletter Boom, Ice Sculptures & More: Endnotes 17 December

Friday, 17 December, 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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Ah, Prague in the snow. It’s mostly gloomy and overcast here now — in fact, David and I refer to the months between November and April as The Gray — but when we do get a dusting of snow, the spires and orange roofs look like they’ve been sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar. It’s very sweet indeed. The green dome in the background of this photo belongs to St. Nicholas Church, a beautiful baroque confection in the Mala Strana (Lesser Town) neighborhood. When you visit, you can climb up the bell tower to take in a panoramic view of the neighborhood. During the communist era, the tower was used to spy on nearby embassies.

  • This is a fascinating peek inside how seven literary translators became translators. ‘There was the way in which my fishing village’s songs would switch between Basque and Spanish for humorous effect—always at the expense of Spanish. It made me realize the beautiful possibilities of playing with languages, of hiding revolt within lyrics, of the subversive power that could be exercised through the use of a language deemed useless, less-than… It turned the mere act of listening and understanding into an act of rebellion. I internalized that there was something very powerful in being able to navigate languages — especially endangered ones like ours.’

  • I missed this during Met Gala season, but something this good is timeless: The Met Gala looks as Medieval art.

  • Quiz: How well do you know the world’s most striking architecture? (We scored a middling 10/16.)

  • Emily St. John Mandel talks to Esquire about her novel Station Eleven and its new screen adaptation.

  • A snowy moment of zen:

  • And a totally different snow vibe:

a cat wearing a hat in moscow's red square

 

May you, too, wear a fabulous hat somewhere colorful and exciting.

Top image courtesy of Feel good studio/Shutterstock.

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