Do You Like To Read

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If you are a fan of Wes Anderson films, the little video below will make perfect sense to you. Those who haven’t yet discovered the joys of Anderson’s movies may want to start with Moonrise Kingdom, which is narrated by actor Bob Balaban who hosts the video.

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Be There In A Gif

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Francois Beaurain is a multitalented French artist and world traveler who documents his wanderings with photographs, paintings and some very sweet gifs starring the folks he meets along the way. Check out his website and blog to see what he has been up to lately.

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Just Twenty Six Letters

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Lauren Hom is a Brooklyn-based illustrator with a dream—she’s planning to sell all of her belongings, grab her backpack, and set off on a year-long, round the world trip. Her goal is to set foot on every continent while visiting at least twenty countries. Hom hopes to fund her wanderlust by selling copies from a terrific series of travel posters. You can support the travel dream by checking out the website 26 Letters, 26,000 miles and purchasing a print.

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A Card With A History

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Most people think of American Express as a credit card company, but the firm—which is celebrating its centennial this month—began as a full service travel provider. Along with organizing trips, tours and cruises, American Express sold all sorts of travel tickets, arranged hotel accommodations, held mail for travelers, and sold travelers checks. These days, the company is a bank and credit card behemoth, but keeps its hand in the travel trade with booking services and a newly launched series of high end airport lounges.

 

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Book of Strange New Things

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I haven’t always been completely enamored with Michel Faber’s novels, but I’m still thinking about “The Book of Strange New Things” months after reading the book. Next week, the UK version of the paperback edition will be released with stunning cover art by illustrator Yehrin Tong. Even if you are not usually a reader of science fiction, you might want to make an exception for this thought provoking book. Faber’s mediation on love, loss and faith may be a morality tale set in a fictional galaxy, but it has profound meaning for life on Earth—and the book looks great too.

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How Is Your Airport Etiquette

JetBlue has lost some of its fans recently for dropping its free bag policy, but maybe this little amusing video will make everyone forgive and forget.

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Making Art Underground

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After years of dodging the authorities to demonstrate their artistic chops, three Prague graffiti stand-outs —Michal Škapa, Pasta Oner and X-Dog—were recently invited by the city’s Metro system to cheer up the Soviet-era Andel underground station.

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Die Vernandlung

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We are all familiar with the iconic absurdist story of Gregor Samsa who wakes one day to discover that he has turned into an insect. In the remainder of the tale, Kafka describes how Samsa’s transformation impacts his family. During the centennial year of the story’s first publication, it maybe a good time to ponder our own individual experiences of metamorphosis and the consequences for those around us.

This amazing animated adaptation of Kafka’s tale was created by Caroline Leaf using sand on glass.

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Attention Visitors to New York City

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Coming from a family that called New York City home for more than a century, I am constitutionally required to complain about the way tourists walk the sidewalks and comport themselves when visiting the city. There’s nothing like gawping tourists blocking the sidewalk to bring otherwise self-absorbed New Yorkers together like long lost pals to moan about the yahoos. Lately, spurious notices from the bogus “NYC Department of Pedestrian Etiquette” have been posted around town. The hilarious flyers call for tourists to participate in mandatory training sessions, pass oral exams and receive sidewalk permits. Penalties for noncompliance under a three-strike system include banning from NYC for five years.

Here’s a list of punishable infractions that put tourists on fair notice:

  • Blocking the sidewalk or any public area in a large group or just standing like an idiot in the middle of pedestrian traffic. Also referred to as ‘clumping.’
  • Walking too slowly with more than one person spread across the sidewalk.
  • Weaving from side to side, oblivious to busy New Yorkers trying to get the hell around you.
  • Stopping abruptly without stepping off to the side.
  • Sudden gestures or movements, for example: Sticking out your arm to point at something and thus smacking someone in the face who is trying to walk past. Hair flipping will also be prohibited.
  • Blocking pedestrian traffic to stare up at Very Tall Buildings or to clump in a group to look at maps.
  • Waiting for traffic light to turn green when the road is clear and thus blocking jay-walkers.
  • Walking with your face in a map or mobile device.
  • Walking with big rolly bags on narrow sidewalks or turning abruptly with a big fat back pack.
  • Excessive arm swinging or bag swinging.
  • Stopping like a deer in the headlights in front of a speeding bicycle.
  • Stopping on a bike path with a big group to take pictures of squirrels.
  • Not responding when a New York Resident tells you to “Stop Blocking the Sidewalk and Get the Hell Out of the Way! You Moron!!!”

 

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Peripatetic Parisian Library

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Où est la bibliothèque ? Any place you would like it to be is just dandy with the marvelous Bibliambule . This summer, a charming little rolling library, complete with seven hammocks for laid-back readers, has been popping up around Paris. The clever piece of micro-architecture on wheels is the brainchild of Paris-based artist and designer Amandine Lagut. Last October she launched a crowdfunding project for the Bibliambule and took in twice the cash she requested. So don’t be surprised if you spot the itinerant little library at a street fair or festival in Paris on a sunny weekend. Just grab a book and plop down in a comfy hammock for a read.

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