Category Archives: Europe

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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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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Literary Dioramas

Spanish artist Malena Valcarcel transforms abdondoned books into fanciful, poetic dioramas and book sculptures. You can see more of her lovely work, and even purchase a piece, on her Etsy site.

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Art of the Cover

As a book collector and a book seller, I have often purchased a book just because the dust jacket art caught my eye. In this terrific new book, The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970, author Martin Salisbury explores the transition from plain paper … Continue reading

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Have a literary coffee

I love this wonderful illustration by Italian artist and designer Gianluca Biscalchin.

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It Takes A Train To Cry

Deutsche Bahn (DB), the German rail operator, recently decided to name twenty-five new high-speed trains after historic figures. They crowdsourced suggestions and received more than 19,000 proposals. A jury then selected the final names, including one that has some folks scratching their heads: Anne … Continue reading

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The Norway of the year

Every year when November rolls around I am reminded of the quote above from the great American 19th century poet Emily Dickinson. I probably first read the line during high school when I was going through that adolescent poetry phase. … Continue reading

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Hackney not hackneyed

I was happy to discover that London-based artist/illustrator/cartographer Jenni Sparks has released a new series of London culture maps. The highly detailed typographic illustrations are the result of a year’s research and work. Each piece incorporates Sparks’ impressions of the … Continue reading

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See Your Sea Food Up Close In Norway

The Norwegian architecture group Snøhetta has released images of its design for Under, Europe’s first underwater restaurant in Lindesnes, Norway. The project is set to begin construction in February 2018, with a concrete cuboid  half-submerged like a monolithic shipwreck off … Continue reading

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