Constanta Casino, Future Library, Leaf Sheep, Reading Gargoyles & More: Endnotes 08 July

Constanta Casino, Future Library, Leaf Sheep, Reading Gargoyles & More: Endnotes 08 July

Friday, 8 July, 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 shabby chic building above is the Constanța Casino in Constanța, Romania. It looms above the Black Sea, flaunting its Art Nouveau style and inspiring daydreams of glam evenings of the past. Opened in 1910, the casino was a gambling mecca until it was bombed during WWI by Bulgarian and German forces and, during WWII, was transformed into a wartime hospital. Since then, it’s been a community center, a restaurant, and abandoned. In 2008, it played a starring role in the caper film The Brothers Bloom. (Armchair travelers should note the movie also features gorgeous scenery in Belgrade, Serbia; Greece, Montenegro, Prague, and a glorious steamship.) As charming as the crumbling casino looks now — here are photos of the interior — you’ll be happy to know it’s currently under renovation. We can only hope we’ll be attending a masquerade ball there someday soon.

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In this episode, we get excited about two new book releases: What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher and The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey. Then we explore the delightfully retro world of Thomas Allen’s pulp fiction art.

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