Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

Travel By App

If you are like me, you have multiple transit and map apps on your phone. One of my favorite apps is the very useful and well designed Citymapper app. The firm behind the app just announced that the digital company has been … Continue reading

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Maps Clear Up Any Confusion

While visitors to the U.S. are often confused by the language that we use to describe commonplace things in our culture, those of us who were born here are frequently baffled as well by the linguistic choices of other Americans. … Continue reading

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Flying Libraries

I don’t generally have anything positive to say about the budget airline easyJet, but hats off to the company for creating the easyJet Book Club. This week, the carrier launched flying libraries for children with 7,000 paperbacks placed on 147 flights. The … Continue reading

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A trip to Middle Earth

Serious JRR Tolkien fans should begin planning a visit to Oxford next summer for the groundbreaking exhibition Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth. The show, which will be created by the Bodleian Library, will explore the world of Tolkien’s literary imagination through the largest … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland : Game of Thrones Territory

After seven years of filming in Northern Ireland, the HBO series Game of Thrones has become interwoven in the region’s culture and heritage. In order to commemorate the importance of the show, Tourism Ireland has commissioned the Northern Ireland Game of … Continue reading

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Books and Pandemonium

Bikes & Rabbits is an Anglo-French contemporary circus troupe created in London five years ago. They work with commonplace objects, such as books, to create tense, but entertaining scenes.

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Infinite Books

The Zhonghuge Bookstore in Yangzhou, China has been transformed by XL-Muse Architects into an inception-like space for bibliophiles. The illusion of infinite bookshelves is achieved with mirrors, lighting, and arched ceilings meant to reference local waterways.

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Total Eclipse of the Sun

Here in North America, we are getting almost giddy about the upcoming solar eclipse which will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. Unfortunately for me, my region of the U.S. will only be in a partial eclipse zone. Way back … Continue reading

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Books Are Transporting

The U.S. Library of Congress has just released the poster for this year’s National Book Festival on September 2, 2017 in Washington DC. If the artwork looks familiar, that’s because it’s by the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.

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Really Useful Metro Mapping

If you are a regular reader of TBTP, you are well aware of my obsession with public transit maps. This one is actually amusing and useful. The folks at the Thrillist Washington D.C. website have augmented the city’s already excellent … Continue reading

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