Category Archives: South America

Bookstore Tourism : Spain

Tuuu Librería is a secondhand bookstore chain in Spain with a special twist. Operated by a non-profit foundation dedicated to literacy and reading, the bookshops collect and recycle donated books from individuals, businesses, and institutions. But what is really unusual is … Continue reading

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A Book Is An Altar

The Portable Mayan Altar  was created by Taller Leñateros (The Woodlander’s Workshop), an indigenous publishing house in Chiapas, Mexico founded by poet Ámbar Past in 1975. This book features a cardboard case in the form a traditional Mayan house that opens up … Continue reading

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Death Before Decaf

As a life-long coffee addict and devoted aficianado, I was thrilled to get turned-on to a periodical that is “about coffee, the people who drink it, and the cities they inhabit.” Drift magazine is all about the joys of wandering great cities, … Continue reading

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Underground Books Go Digital

For more than 20 years, public transit riders in Santiago, Chile have been able to borrow books from a network of mini-library vending machines in Metro stations. Now the service, which is provided by the municipal government and the Directorate … Continue reading

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March of the Penguins

Paper penguin sculptures have been popping-up in cities around the world to raise awareness about protecting Antarctica from exploitation. The penguins were created by German artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer for the new Greenpeace campaign titled March of the Penguins. The sculptures have been … Continue reading

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Tales From Black Mirror

If you are not a fan of Black Mirror, these wonderfully retro illustrations won’t mean much to you. But if you can’t get enough of the show, Brazilian artist and illustrator Butcher Billy’s project Tales of the Unexpected Black Mirrors is just … Continue reading

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Coffee Makes The World Go Round

Folks who know me will vouch for my life-long love of coffee. For the most part, I’m a coffee purist; I tend to stick with simple and direct caffeine delivery systems. Give me a doppio espresso, a Red-Eye, or just … Continue reading

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Dance Macabre

 La portentosa vida de la muerte (The Prodigious Life of Death) by Joaquín Bolaños, is a late 18th century Mexican novel that stars Death as a female protagonist ( la muerte in Spanish is a feminine noun).  The story begins in the Garden … Continue reading

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Stephen King Inspired

I’m a huge fan of the always wacky art work by the brilliant Brazilian artist and illustrator who goes by the name Butcher Billy. These seasonally appropriate pulp fiction and horror inspired faux book covers are a treat. Here’s what … Continue reading

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Mother Tongues

The National Geographic’s senior graphics editor Alberto Lucas López created this wonderful pie chart to illustrate the proportional representation of the world’s twenty three most spoken languages. López based the graphic on native speakers, with each language marked by black … Continue reading

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