Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Folio Society has reissued its exceptional 2012 edition of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. This volume contains a set of powerful illustrations by Anna and Elena Balbusso. Influenced by Soviet propaganda posters and constructivist art, the Italian twin artists … Continue reading

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What do Patti Smith and Arthur Rimbaud have in common

What do Patti Smith and Arthur Rimbaud have in common ? They both owned the same house in France. The American singer and author recently purchased the partially restored home in Roche near the Belgian border with the intention of … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism London

One of my favorite places to escape the tourist madness of central London is Hatchards Bookshop. The third floor, with its comfy sofas, is a great spot to spend a rainy afternoon. The popular Londonist blog recently profiled the city’s oldest bookshop … Continue reading

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24 hour bookshop

I’ve never visited Guangzhou City, but when I do my first destination will be the wonderful 1200 Bookshop. The only 24 hour bookstore in China’s third largest city was the brainchild of architect Liu Erxi. After a long backpacking trip, … Continue reading

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Let’s Stay Together

h/t to illustrator/author Aram Kim & the Brooklyn Library

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Sgt. Pepper Turns Fifty

On June 1, 1967, the Beatles released Sgt.Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to worldwide acclaim. To mark the anniversary, the city of Liverpool has commissioned leading international artists to create thirteen events influenced by each track on the seminal album. Between May … Continue reading

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My Library

h/t Tom Gauld

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London Stopover

There are so many things to see and do in London that it would take a lifetime to cover them all. So what would you do with a 24 hour stopover in the British capital? The infographic below from Central … Continue reading

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Little Free Airstream

Ink & Bean is a popular coffee spot in Anaheim, California. One of their draws—besides serving Stumptown coffee—is a unique Little Free Library housed in a classic Airstream trailer. Looks like a great spot to hangout just down the road … Continue reading

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Quiet Mornings at the Museum

Visiting New York City’s great museums can be anything but peaceful, but on the first Wednesday of each month the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) offers a uniquely tranquil opportunity to mindfully experience their artworks. MoMA opens three hours early … Continue reading

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