Welcome to The Last Bookstore


The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles is on every traveling bibliophile’s must visit list. The 12-minute documentary below, directed by Chad Howitt, explores the history of Southern California’s largest indie bookshop and the inspiring story of it’s owner Josh Spenser.


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Key West to Canada by bike


Thanks to the East Coast Greenway Alliance, in the near future it will be possible to ride your bike along a dedicated bike path 3,000 miles from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine at the Canadian border. Thus far more than 850 miles of connected trail is in place. Funded by state and local groups, much of the East Coast Greenway takes advantage of former railway lines, park trails, and riverside walkways.


Here in the Philadelphia area we already have a 25 mile stretch along the scenic Schuylkill River Trail, which connects to local tourist sites such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Boathouse Row.





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Every Town Needs A Story Pod


By night the Story Pod is a glowing 8×8 light box in an Ontario riverside park. During the day it opens like the covers of a book to reveal a cozy, inviting reading space for all. Situated in the town of Newmarket, outside of Toronto, the Story Pod is a “take a book, leave a book” little free library and open-air reading room.




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First Flight

This sweet little film was shot to mark the 70th anniversary of Heathrow Airport. Titled “First Flight”, it explores the airport through the eyes of a child taking their first flight. The David Bowie sound track is icing on the cake.

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We All Come From Somewhere Else


Earlier this year, I shared a story on street artist JR’s documentary on Ellis Island in New York Harbor. Last week, the peripatetic French artist created this enormous installation on Franklin Street in Tribeca NYC. The piece, titled “Unframed, Ellis Island”, is 95-feet tall and is based on a blow-up of an image of immigrants entering the U.S. in 1908. The time-lapse video below shows how it was done.

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It’s Cooler Underground


Canadian photographer Chris Forsyth has been spending most of his free time underground for the past few years. Beginning in his home town of Montreal, he has traveled the world’s underground transit systems capturing very stylized images for a series appropriately called “Metro”.


Forsyth somehow manages to keep his shots free of pesky passengers, litter, and graffiti, making for colorful, neat, and uncluttered images. If you’d like to see more of his work and possibly buy a print, check-out his website.






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Dormez Sur La Seine


With rates starting at €180 a night for a small cabin, and a location at the grittier end of the Seine, Paris’ first (and only) floating hotel isn’t for every visitor to the French capital. But if you’re looking for a hipster vibe and design-forward accommodations, the new Hôtel OFF Paris Seine may be just for you.


Constructed from two catamarans, the floatel is decked out in salvaged wood, recycled metals, and custom furnishings. There’s even a dipping pool at the bar.






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Make America Read Again


Cleveland, Ohio librarian Jonathan Harris is using his summer vacation to give away books to both protesters and delegates at the Republican National Convention. Harris, who is the branch manager at a neighborhood library in the Tremont section of the city, bikes to the convention site with crates of donated books. His only aim is to promote literacy. Now that’s a patriot.


photo © Seth Millstein

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Chill Library


Built to improve literacy rates in Bima, Indonesia, this wonderful little library was constructed using recycled plastic boxes from a local ice cream manufacturer. Sponsored by the NGO Pocket for the Poor, the eco-friendly building makes use of natural cross ventilation to create a comfortable reading environment without air-conditioning. How cool is that.





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Swinging Luxembourg


Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of hours spent mindlessly swinging. This charming installation in Luxembourg—from Luxembourgeois artist Max Mertens—is aptly titled “Swings”. The 450 colorful wooden swings are suspended from fixed cables above the popular pedestrian street rue Phillipe II in Luxembourg City.

images © Max Mertens



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