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This post is part of our Endnotes series.
These cheery storefronts on Queen Street in Toronto are just the kinds of places we’re delighted to find while rambling around a new-to-us city. It’s an opportunity to pretend to be a local for just a little while — and books (and food) are our favorite way to do that. Acadia Books, established in 1931 (!), buys and sells antiquarian, out-of-print, and used books. The shop is packed to the rafters with more than 10,000 books, maps, and prints. And, perhaps more importantly, bookshop cats Frodo and Pippen are in residence. Two doors down, the Seaton Butchers is a one-stop shop for all your protein needs, and the windows are a showcase of charming, hand-painted signs. This kind of signage is a disappearing art; here’s a documentary and Insta all about it. (Between Acadia and Seaton is this gem of a space that would make a lovely SSoP HQ.)
Here at SSoP HQ, we’re trying to stay informed about what’s happening in Ukraine while not falling into a pit of despair. So we’re reading a mix of news and Ukrainian art, then contributing to organizations that are helping Ukrainians. If that’s your approach, too, here are some links for you:
LitHub has been sharing literary works from Ukraine since Russia invaded; find it all here. This collection of new poetry is very poignant.
I mentioned this war diary by Yevgenia Belorusets last week, and/but I’m urging you again to subscribe. She’s been documenting Russia’s war against Ukraine since 2014; her writing is honest, urgent, and heartbreaking.
These colorful illustrations from Ukrainian artist Tania Yakunova are so impactful. She’s also started a series of ceramics focused on mental health combining whimsy with melancholy.
Electric Lit presents: 7 Novels About Maps with Hidden Secrets
These are good tips for how to learn pronunciation in any language. ‘Your ear and your mouth can be trained, just like anything else. It doesn’t matter if you have an affinity for language learning or not, if you are “old” or “young,” or however long you have already been studying that language. Pronunciation is a physical exercise. You just need to build muscle memory and invest time and effort.’
If you love to travel, you might think one day is enough: When Is a Vacation Long Enough to Be Worth All the Hassle?
When you want to eat delicious food and really get away from it all… KOKS is the first Michelin-starred restaurant in the Faroe Islands, and now, it’s relocating to Greenland (!) — and The Rock restaurant in Zanzibar is perched on stilts at low tide, but becomes an island when the tide rolls in.
My SSoP dreams come true: We got a shout-out from Occultbot.
Visiting the Codex Gigas (Devil's Bible) at the National Library of Sweden: https://t.co/xMQKzKB6Hn— occultbot (@occultb0t) March 24, 2022
Yes, I too love to geek out over a good index. (Fun fact: I wrote the indexes for all of our cookbooks. Fun Fact II: The Reckoning: indexes vs. indices.)
Wanderlust asks, How well do you really know the Middle East? I got 10/16.
Yes, Paris is always a good idea. Here’s Rick Steves on the ‘uncomplicated romance’ of Paris.
Related: I want (need) a novel about this Parisian detective agency. It’s been in business around the corner from the Louvre since 1913. ‘24/7 service. Total discretion.’
Looking for new podcasts to put in your ears? The bi-weekly newsletter Podcast Gumbo recommends three shows/episodes in each edition, so you get good ideas without being overwhelmed. Its author Paul Kondo has good taste, and I look forward to its arrival every time.
This is incredibly awesome: RadioLab has translated an episode of its podcast into American Sign Language, and the transcript can be downloaded in braille. (Did ](https://strongsenseofplace.com/podcasts).)
100% yes to these five children’s books every adult should read.
This is so much fun — click through to see all the pics.
The light shades in our hotel room are vintage hats.— Geraldine (@everywhereist) March 17, 2022
I will handle this like an adult. pic.twitter.com/xjSya8d889
Beatrix Potter’s bunnies are very, very cute, and her other nature drawings are also quite beautiful.
I was introduced to Hildegard of Bingen in a college class about women in music. She was sort of the JLo multi-hyphenate of the 13th century, a nun, mystic, prophet, and healer. One of her healing recipes? Cookies!
These bamboo, beehive-shaped houses built by the Dorze people of southern Ethiopia are lovely — and they last a lifetime.
The short story 12 Essential Makeup Tips for the Aging Ghost is a ride.
The sound I just made pic.twitter.com/1CcoD2hCuW— Nerd Girl Says (@Rachael_Conrad) March 25, 2022
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