Egyptian Monastery, Healing Art, Ukrainian Lit, Lucy Foley & More: Endnotes 18 February

Egyptian Monastery, Healing Art, Ukrainian Lit, Lucy Foley & More: Endnotes 18 February

Friday, 18 February, 2022

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 monastery above that seems to be growing right out of the stone of the desert is Saint Catherine’s Monastery. It’s located at the foot of Mt. Sinai in Egypt, on the site that’s said to be the location of the Burning Bush. The monastery’s full, official name? Sacred Autonomous Royal Monastery of Saint Katherine of the Holy and God-Trodden Mount Sinai. Built between 548 and 565, the Eastern Orthodox monastery is significant for Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Relevant to our interests: It houses the world’s oldest continually operating library. If you could browse the shelves, you’d stumble upon the Codex Sinaiticus, a handwritten manuscript of the Bible from more than 1600 years ago, and the Syriac Sinaiticus, the oldest translation of the Bible in any language. Here are details about the monastery’s architecture and art collection — and this video shows the monastery’s remote location. (The most dramatic shot is at about 2:10.)

  • The Backlisted podcast went all-in on Dorothy L. Sayer’s Gaudy Night recently. ‘Sayers was a feminist pioneer, and we discuss her intellectual life and brilliant and unorthodox career.’

  • How Can Wonder Transform Us? ‘[W]onder helps us to move away from seeing things as a means to an end to things that are valuable in themselves… Once we have the sense of wonder, our sense of what is possible shifts, our action-schemas become different.’

  • This Gastro Obscura online cooking class on recipes from ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Rome, and the Mediterranean Middle Ages looks like so much fun.

  • Erin Morgenstern (author of The Night Circus) wrote a brilliant introduction for a new edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. ‘These stories are woven into the fabric of so many of our fictions, leaving pawprints and tea-stains and whimsy in their wake, yet going back to the original texts always leads to more discoveries, more details to catch in imagination nets like bread-and-butterflies.’

  • Embrace the chill: 13 Scandinavian TV Shows Worth Binge-watching

  • The Darker Side of Jane Austen. ‘[D]espite her penchant for happy endings, Austen also doles out her fair share of despicable villains, terrifying marriages, and even a few thriller-esque motifs.’

  • Related: This looks to be a really fun adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Modern soundtrack! Foam party! Ticket details.

 

May you see something you love in a whole new way.

Top image courtesy of Georg Arthur Pflueger/Unsplash.

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