Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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