Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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