Straight Outta Silver Lake

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Los Angeles-based writer and map enthusiast Eric Brightwell has been creating some wonderfully idiosyncratic, hand-drawn maps of his city neighborhood by neighborhood. Under the enigmatic sobriquet Pendersleigh & Son Cartography, the project explores the diverse enclaves and corners of the sprawling metropolis. You can see more of the maps and even buy prints online.

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The Traveler’s Eye

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Hand-tinted tourist postcards are just a sample of the delightful items that make up the current exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Asian Art  in Washington, DC.  Titled “The Traveler’s Eye”, the show includes travel souvenirs, maps, photographs, colorful woodblock prints, and these marvelous colored postcards. The turn of the century wave of Western tourism to Asia encouraged traditional artists, such as Japan’s woodblock printers, to produce European-styled tinted postcards. The exhibition runs until May 31, 2015.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Europe for Valentine’s Day

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The UK travel booking website lastminute.com produced this sexually suggestive video titled “Sexy Delights of Europe” for a Valentine’s Day ad campaign. The short film features famous works of art, architectural highlights, and gastronomical specialties all with heavy-handed sexual innuendo and good humor.

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What Makes A Good Book

 

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Walking Paris

Korean-born, Tokyo-based artist Hwan Lee wanted to get to really know Paris when she lived there as an exchange student. So she decided to create her own map of the city based on 261 metro stations. But instead of traveling the Metro underground, she walk between every station. Her wonderful map of Paris is a personal history of the city.

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Mark Your Calendar

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On April 8,2015 a new website aimed at bibliophiles will be launched. Literary Hub, founded by Grove Atlantic, City Lights, PEN, Tattered Cover, Tin House, Europa Editions, and more than 60 other publishers, booksellers, and literary magazines, aims to be the Huffington Post of the literary world. Literary Hub will have commissioned content, bookstore profiles, and book reviews. Its editor-in-chief will be Jonny Diamond, founder of NYC’s L Magazine.

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London in Motion

On December 6, 2014, forty photographers joined together to create LapseLondon . For the awesome project, each contributor shot a timelapse sequence in a different area of the city. The resulting video, comprised of more than 35,000 images, was created by Triggertrap. Take a look at a day in the life of London.

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Which Way To Mordor

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Save a publisher and fight oppression

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Since its founding in 2000 by Ihar Lohvinau, the Lohvinau Publishing House and Bookstore in Minsk, Belarus has been a beacon for freedom. The international award-winning press and bookshop has been a consistent thumb in the eye of the country’s authoritarian government headed by president for life Alexander Lukashenko. In 2012, the government confiscated a shipment of Lohvinau’s books at the border with Lithuania and charged the publisher with making false insinuations about life in Belarus and the regime. After a lengthy trial and appeal, Lohvinau has been fined 976 billion rubles, or $62,120. If they fail to pay the fine, the government will shut down the bookstore and permanently revoke their bookselling license.

A campaign to save Lohvinau Bookstore has been launched on their website where you can contribute. You can also help by promoting the cause on social media by sharing #saveLohvinau. More information can be found at the Pen International website.

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