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The fantastical facade above is Casa Batlló, a building in Barcelona designed by Antoni Gaudi. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a new tour delves into its history and Gaudi’s inspiration. But we’re here to talk about the roses. In this photo, Casa Batlló is bedecked in blossoms in honor of the Festival of Sant Jordi. Every 23 April, couples exchange roses and books in celebration of St. George, the patron saint of Catalonia (a region in northeastern Spain with its own linguistic and cultural identity). Get the full story on the Festival of Sant Jordi. (Special thanks to Strong Sense of Place supporter Isabel for telling us about this sweet holiday.)
An update I hoped I’d never have to make. I’m at a @WCKitchen restaurant in Kharkiv, where less than 24 hours ago I was meeting with their amazing team. Today, a missile stuck. 4 staff were wounded. This is the reality here—cooking is a heroic act of bravery. #ChefsForUkraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/AyU4fUnA61— Nate Mook (@natemook) April 16, 2022
A Prague-based poetry social network is collecting poems about Ukraine and sharing them free online. They’re also posting them on Prague’s Lennon Wall.
‘Just what the deuce do they mean with all their gadzooks and apoplexies, their barouches and barking irons?’ A Guide to Regency Lingo.
This essay about the organization of books of quotations is a nerdy delight. (Sorta related: How Dictionaries Define Us. ‘Dictionaries aren’t mere catalogs of words; they are snapshots of the culture — the time and place — that produced them.’
Treat yourself to this beautiful, whimsical handmade mechanical whale.
For book lovers, the smell of books can be irresistible. But just what is that smell? ‘Peter, a pensioner, said he experienced books as smelling of salt and pepper – that dryness when you open the cupboard… with a touch of the sea, while 46-year-old Donna confessed that she had recently bought a book for her young son partly because it smelled of the rain.’
Radio Lento is my new favorite soundtrack for writing and reading. Each episode of the show captures different sounds in nature.
The Kugelhaus was a ball-shaped house developed as a creative solution to the problem of overcrowding in urban centers.
Juni Ludowici’s (1896-1983) Kugelhaus being transported down the River Thames, 1958 pic.twitter.com/DXkwLNOCIL— Flashbak.com (@aflashbak) March 15, 2022
Persepolis is a book we love. Wake Now In The Fire — an upcoming graphic novel by Jarrett Dapier and AJ Dungo — tells the story of Chicago high school students who rose up against the censors that banned Persepolis from their school system.
Who can resist a ‘magical, rentable cabin’ known as The Nook? It has a tea loft!
News you can use: How to Host a 1950s Brunch.
The story of the real Miss Havisham.
Related: The Greatest Goths in Literary History.
This video is equal parts informative and soothing: Making a yurt in Kyrgyzstan.
Editor Judith Jones was Julia Child’s creative partner on the cookbook masterpiece Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The new nonfiction book Warming Up Julia Child: The Remarkable Figures Who Shaped a Legend by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz is a behind-the-scenes look at Julia’s Child’s collaborators. LitHub shares an excerpt that shares Judith Jones’ notes on Julia’s manuscript. It’s a fascinating look at how the mind of a brilliant editor works.
‘[N]othing has intrigued me, made me desperately desire a taste, and driven me to distraction like peanut butter fruit.’
A Brontë expert shows how the works of Sir Walter Scott inspired Wuthering Heights.
In each 5-minute episode, we share two new book releases that are at the top of our TBR. Then we delve into a book- or travel-related curiosity that’s worth your time. Get all the episodes and books galore here.
In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: True Biz by Sara Nović and Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor. Then we discuss the fantastic artists devoted to preserving and enhancing the 150-year-old tradition of handpainted signs.
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