Rome: Bookstore Tourism

Many years ago when I first visited Rome, Via Del Governo Vecchio, just off of the sublime Piazza Navona, was an atmospheric narrow street with antiquarian shops. While it’s still a lovely area, the antique shops have been replace with boutiques and vintage clothing stores. One popular exception is the very cool Altroquando indie bookshop.

Now the store is expanding to include an English language bookstore too. Europa Editions, which publishes European literature in translation for Americans, will have its own dedicated bookshop stocking 5,000 to 10,000 titles in fiction, non-fiction, and periodicals. The shop, which is owned by Edizioni E/O, will also host book readings and related events. There was a soft-opening yesterday, while the official open is on November 30th.

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Traveling Bibliophiles Can Relate

h/t to Laura Pacheco and The Wild Detectives

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Itinerant Bookstore Tourism

Margaux Segré gave up a comfortable civil service career with the French Ministry of Culture to pursue her dream of being a full-time bookseller. After crowdfunding the renovation of a delivery truck, she now roams southwestern France visiting village markets, book fairs, cultural events, schools, and festivals in a traveling bookshop called Le Serpent d’etoiles. Seems like the perfect life to me.


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NYC Layered

I have never seen anything quite like this very trippy, multi-layered time-lapse video below. Here’s what the filmmaker Julian Tryba had to say about the process:

Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock. In the spirit of Einstein’s relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene. Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.

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Mustachio On The Orient Express

h/t Tom Gauld


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What we live with now

Those of you who follow TBTP on a regular basis are well aware that I’m a huge fan of the Spanish artists collective Luzinterruptus. Their international environmentally focused art installations always make bold and memorable statements. “The Plastic We Live With” or “El Plastico con el que vivimos” was their most recent project. Last month, it transformed a former Virgin Megastore in Bordeaux, France to help graphically visualize the excess plastic all around us.

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Fillory and Further

I’m a big fan of author Lev Grossman’s The Magicians trilogy. The brilliant and always entertaining fantasy series is like a rollicking mash-up of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia with sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The books come with some very cool Tolkien-like maps of the magical world of Fillory created by Roland Chambers. Now, the illustrator is offering high quality limited edition prints of the maps on his website.

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Bookstore Tourism Lisbon

Portugal is well known to traveling bibliophiles for its extraordinary bookstores and libraries. One of Lisbon’s most popular book browsing destinations is the popular Livaria Ler Devagar in the Barrio de Alcantara district. Set in a 19th century newspaper printing factory, the bookshop shares space with two cafes, galleries, and performance spaces. Packed floor to ceiling with thousands of books, the shop, whose name means “read slowly, is the cornerstone for a growing creative neighborhood. It’s open daily, but go on Sunday for the local street market.

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Homage a George Seurat

Homage a Seurat by Jonathan Burton

h/t M. Wuerker


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They Promised Me Ponies

I am not the least bit embarrassed to admit that I am a devoted fan of the Simpsons. The show often offers unparalleled insights into American culture and frequently functions as a guide to moral philosophy. From the first season, books, newspapers, and magazines have been an important creative element to plot lines. Guatemala City-based art director Carmen Lopez may be an even bigger Simpsons fan that I am. She searches through old episodes and catalogs literary elements from the series for a wonderful Instagram called “Simpsons Library”. Since Lisa is the show’s most avid reader, most of the posts focus on her book selections.

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