Dubai Frame, Witches in Art, Macedonian Poetry, Sicilian Pottery & More: Endnotes 07 October

Dubai Frame, Witches in Art, Macedonian Poetry, Sicilian Pottery & More: Endnotes 07 October

Friday, 7 October, 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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As far as we know, that’s not a magical portal in the photo above. It’s the Dubai Frame, an observatory and museum in Zabeel Park, Dubai. Made of steel, aluminum, reinforced concrete, and glass, it soars 460 feet (140.24m) into the air. Would you be surprised if I told you it holds the record for the largest frame in the world? And TBH, it’s almost a magic portal: When you look through one side, you see modern Dubai, and when you peer through the other, you look back in time to the older parts of the city. For all you thrill-seekers out there, the observation deck at the top features glass floors that give you a peek down to the ground, so very far below.

 
  • The 2022 Scottish International Storytelling Festival starts next week. It features some great online events for those of us who can’t make it to Edinburgh. Download the program here and flip to page 22 for online events. I’m looking forward to ‘I Would Drink of Your Heart’s Blood,’ a story about a fairy woman on the Isle of Lewis. ‘Scottish folklore, poetry, and Greek myth are woven together into a unique storytelling performance.’

  • We were delighted to find our podcast Strong Sense of Place on this list of recommended bookish podcasts from Libro.fm.

  • In celebration of Spooky Season: How Witches Cast Their Spell on Art History. ‘There’s also Circe, sometimes hailed as the first witch, a minor goddess with a major understanding of potions and herbs as well as a magic staff that she used to transform her foes and rivals into animals. She is depicted living her absolute best life in a painting by Wright Barker, surrounded by lions and foxes that were presumably once her enemies. It looks like she’s just blown us a kiss. Mwah! she seems to say. F*ck around and find out. I cannot stress this enough: Do not make enemies of witches.’

  • Perhaps you’d like to visit Europe’s 5 most authentic Halloween destinations (Hello, Whitby!) or spend the night at the 13 most haunted hotels in the United States.

  • Is it art? Is it lighting? Yes! At the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

 
  • Add bookish goodness to your email inbox: I’m always happy to see Shayne’s Bookish Newsletter show up. Browse the archive or start with a recent favorite A Magical Mystery Tour.

  • Artist Craig Williams paints colorful birds onto the pages of vintage atlases, textbooks, and field guides: ‘Williams carefully chooses the pages for their connection to each specimen, such as a map of Tasmania that provides the background for a green rosella, a species endemic to the island.’ The results are whimsical and lovely.

Left: Fairy Penguin (2021) on a vintage page from A Handbook of Tasmanian Birds and its Dependencies (1910). Right: Splendid Fairy-Wren and Banksia Flower (2022) on a vintage page from What Bird is That? by Neville W. Cayley (1951).
 
  • Remember our podcast episode about Secret Passages? Yeah, these fantastical trees look very much like they’re hiding magical worlds. With the project Symbiotic Architecture, architect and computational designer Manas Bhatia creates ‘surreal living apartments that are entirely integrated into nature.’
 

New Episode of The Library of Lost Time

In each mini-podcast episode, we discuss two books at the top of our TBR, then share a fun book- or travel-related distraction. Get all the episodes and books galore here.

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San Marino. Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Castagnone/Unsplash.

In this episode, we get excited about two books, one backlist and one new: Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver and This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You by Susan Rogers. shares three reasons to put the tiny country of San Marino on your must-visit list. [transcript]

 

May your Spooky Season be just the level of spooky you like.

Top image courtesy of Wirestock Creators/Shutterstock.

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