We are all in paradise, but refuse to see it

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New York City-based illustrator Evan Robertson creates splendid black and white posters featuring moving quotes from notable authors such as Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Samuel Beckett, Anais Nin, Thomas Wolfe, Jules Verne and Kurt Vonnegut. You can see more of these terrific pieces and even buy your own copies right here.

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London is Changing

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The public art project London is Changing has been exposing some uncomfortable truths about Britain’s great city. While we visitors and tourists wander about enjoying our time in London, residents are trying to cope with a city that has become increasingly unaffordable for locals, especially young people and creative.

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Created by Rebecca Ross and Duarte Carrilho de Graça, the project collects personal views on the ever morphing city at a website and shares the messages on digital billboards in Holborn and Aldgate. Most of the quotes are downright depressing, but some still celebrate London’s magic. You see them all at the website London is Changing.

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Guaranteed to see the Aurora Borealis

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I just booked tickets for a summer trip to Iceland with no expectations of catching a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, but Icelandair is now guaranteeing that at least some of its passengers will see nature’s light show. They recently launched an Aurora Borealis-themed jet as part of a campaign to get more passengers from North America and Europe to spent at least a week in Iceland on a stop-over. The Hekla Aurora recreates Iceland’s mindblowing northern lights throughout the Boeing 757’s cabin using a LED lighting system. While the exterior sports a matching theme.

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Animal Farm is still banned in Cuba

It seems that as long as there have been books governments have been banning them. This infographic from printerinks.co.uk takes the long view on book banning throughout history.

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It’s a plot

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Rommel Drives Deep Into Egypt

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Drawing Paris

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Last month, the brilliant British artist/mapmaker Jenni Sparks released a brand new hand-drawn map of Paris. Sparks, who is known for her fabulous maps of London, new York City, San Francisco and Berlin, spends months pounding the pavement, visiting landmarks and interviewing locals to gather information and create her painstakingly detailed maps. Prints of the Paris map can be purchased here

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Iceland Comes to NYC

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If you are considering a visit to New York City, and if you love music, you should know that next month NYC’s fantastic Museum of Modern Art is launching an extraordinary retrospective on the work of Iceland’s greatest export, Bjork. The exhibition will cover more than two decades of the artist’s daringly original solo projects. It will chronicle her career through sound installations, films, objects, costumes, technology, and instruments. Special museum spaces will be created to showcase sound and video works commissioned by MoMA for the exhibition.

The show will run from March 8 through June 7, 2015, and will coincide with five live performances around NYC. Entry to the special Bjork show will be included in the museum’s general admission ticket, but timed tickets will be required for segments of the show, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis. You can get more information at moma.org.

Fans may enjoy this hour-long BBC documentary from a few years back.

 

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Bucharest for Booklovers

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The former Chrissoleveni bank building in the heart of Bucharest, Romania, has been transformed into a bibliophile’s dream bookstore. Carturesti Carusel , or carousel of light, covers six floors of the grand 19th century building, with more than 10,000 titles, thousands of albums and DVDs, a café under a massive skylight, an events space, and an art gallery. Just launched on February 12th, the stunning bookstore is located in a trendy pedestrian zone with hip coffee houses, fashion retailers, bars, and theaters.

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Who Is Eustace Tilley ?

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This month the iconic magazine The New Yorker is celebrating its 90th anniversary. To mark the milestone, the publication is being printed with nine different covers. Popular artists, including Peter Mendelsund, Roz Chast, Carter Goodrich, and Kadir Nelson, have riffed on The New Yorker’s first cover mascot, the monocle dandy Eustace Tilley.

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