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Break out the cinnamon- and vanilla-scented candles! Grab a cozy blanket! Pick up a suitably eerie story, and make yourself a batch of these Pumpkin-Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (or this Pumpkin Cake Roll with Cream Cheese Filling). It’s spooky season! Also known as The Season to Take a Road Trip and Look at Beautiful Fall Foliage. Here’s a list of the 27 top places to see colorful leaves in the United States this year — plus, the best places in Europe and Asia. Pro tip: You can play this very soothing, very pretty (very long) video of autumn scenes from around the world in the background while you enjoy your favorite fall activities.
The Booker Prize enlisted actors to read excerpts from its 2023 shortlist, and the video results are stunningly good. You can watch and listen to all of them here.
Huh. Jennifer from the movie Jennifer’s Body is a Taurus like me. ‘Jennifer is staunchly loyal to her bestie Needy and committed to only doing things her way.’ I feel so seen! Here are 11 more horror villains and their zodiac signs.
I want to be friends with this monster tree:
So cool and creative: Actress Tilda Swinton and her son recreated paintings by John Singer Sargent.
This English Regency house is decorated with playfulness and style. It’s basically my dream house.
Treat yourself to this photo album of images from rural Romania. ‘Maramures, Moldavia, and Transylvania are regions which have retained an almost medieval simplicity and beauty. In secluded valleys bordered by the Carpathian Mountains and shaded by clouds of plum blossom lie villages with wooden churches and houses where ancient rituals, festivities, clothes, and crafts are cherished.’
I’m not a car racing fan, but I was charmed by this story (and the photos!) about the Zoute Grand Prix in a Belgian seaside town. ‘… 11km of sandy beach, high-end shopping, Michelin-starred restaurants, and a thriving art scene. The town’s art deco casino boasts an astonishing 360-degree mural by Belgian Surrealist René Magritte.’
Leandro Erlich's 'Building' is interactive art that offers visitors a gravity defying experience through the use of a mirror strategically placed on the floor at a 45° angle— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) October 10, 2023
Photographer Janine Pendleton is the author of the book Abandoned Pennsylvania; our review and photos here. Her images of pleasingly dilapidated buildings are poignant and whimsical. She just announced her 2024 calendar featuring 12 photos from some of her favorite abandoned places she visited this year. You can get 15% off and free shipping right now! Orders ship in November, so there’s plenty of time for holiday gift-giving. Pre-order here.
100% yes to this ingenuity:
Have realised that if I attach my clip on reading light to my hair that this is by far the best place for it to be for reading. I look like an elderly teletubby, but I think it's worth it…😂 pic.twitter.com/r00WuZ9zrH— Rachel Deering (@DeeringRachel) September 30, 2023
Try this Where in the world are these beautiful buildings? quiz. (I got 14/16 with some lucky guesses.)
Take a peek at other peoples’ bookshelves with these photo from Electric Lit’s Coolest Bookshelves Contest.
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.
In this episode, we get excited about two books: The Pale House Devil by Richard Kadrey and Collision of Power: Trump, Bezos, and the Washington Post by Martin Baron. Then our special guest Anne Bogel from the fantastic What Should I Read Next? podcast shares her delicious reading habit. [transcript]
We’re delighted to have Anne Bogel, host of the What Should I Read Next? podcast, as our guest to share her ‘Distraction of the Week.
What Should I Read Next? podcast with Anne Bogel
Anne’s Modern Mrs. Darcy website
Top image courtesy of Balazs Busznyak/Unsplash.
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