King Penguins, Fairytale Retellings, Nile Cruise, Doughnuts & More: Endnotes 25 February

King Penguins, Fairytale Retellings, Nile Cruise, Doughnuts & More: Endnotes 25 February

Friday, 25 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.


Those darling penguins above live at Gold Harbour, a small bay in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. These South Atlantic islands are found to the east of the tip of South America and are described as ‘inhospitable’ for humans. In fact, there are no regularly scheduled passenger flights or ferries to or from the territory. But the islands are ideal for penguins. King penguins, like the ones shown above, as well as yellow-crested macaroni penguins! Black-banded chinstrap penguins! Gentoo penguins! Enjoy this breathtaking view of the penguin colonies and their elephant seal friends:

  • A look at Edward Gorey’s sweet story of ‘tenderness and soulful oddness,’ The Osbick Bird. ‘In spare lines and spare verses, Gorey tells the singsong story of the osbick bird — a creature of his wild and wondrous imagination — who alights one day to lonely, dignified Emblus Figby’s bowler hat, out of the blue…’

  • News you can use: The Best Doughnuts in Every State.

  • This essay about the ‘silently painful breakfasts’ of British vacationers made me laugh. (ht to SSoP pal Ellen for the link.)

  • The Guardian writes about a new short story collection My Pen is the Wing of a Bird. ‘Zainab Akhlaqi’s Blossom draws on the real-life bombing of the Sayed ul-Shuhada high school in Kabul. The story ends on a note of defiant hope: its young narrator, Nekbakht, decides she wants to show some spirit in the face of our struggles and goes back to school.’ Available for preorder in the US; out now in the UK. (For more on Afghanistan, here’s our podcast episode Afghanistan: Poppies, Tribalism, and the Taliban.)

  • My birthday is coming in May, in case you’re wondering what I might like.

  • This adorable cottage is for sale, and it’s so tempting. It has a built-in reading nook and is located in a village with a pub (The Black Swan), a boatyard, and a seal and sea lion rescue center.

  • This is a sweet (and informative) ode to an Indian spice box.

  • The Science and Recent History of Bookstore Design. ‘My favorite space in my bookstore is the seat in the corner next to our front window. It gets all of the sunlight throughout the day, and I love being able to see and speak to the people who are walking in!’

  • High society and punk rebellion: A History of Scottish Tartan. ‘Plaid is a paradox. It was ubiquitous with prim, proper, and preppy culture. Then it became appropriated by the punk movement in the 1970s. Since then, tartan has swung back and forth between those worlds and others—and it’s safe to say that it embodies all at once.’

  • This is one way to ensure you have something to read while waiting in line at the post office. This dress is made from Omaha’s Evening World-Herald newspapers from June 1928.


May you have the fortitude to wear your heart on your sleeve.

Top image courtesy of Paul Carroll/Unsplash.

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