Two Ways To Avoid Suffering

Despina by Ricardo Binacho

The inferno of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways to escape suffering it. The first is easy for many: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the inferno, are not inferno, then make them endure, give them space.


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Still Standing

Regular visitors to Travel Between The Pages may recall previous stories about San Francisco’s fabled Arion Press. The charming video below recounts a visit to the historic 101 year old printer. If you love books, and I know that you do, you will definitely enjoy the film.


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Guess Where

City Guesser is a geography based browser game that strives to provide an exceptional travel and guessing experience by allowing participants to guess where in the world they are from short video clips. I spent way to much time at this, but not to brag, I had an amazing success rate. Try your hand at City Guesser, it’s free and mildly addicting.


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I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

When Death Comes

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox;

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

— Mary Oliver


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Welcome to Mars

 On February 9th, the United Arab Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope Probe entered the Red Planet’s orbit.
To commemorate the historic moment the UAE government has given visitors to the country a piece of space. Arrivals to Dubai airport on February 9th had their passports stamped with a unique ‘Martian Ink’.
The  passport stamp, created by agency TBWA\Raad in conjunction with the UAE Government Media Office and Dubai Airports is made with ‘Martian Ink’. This specially created ink is made from volcanic basalt rocks that are found in the UAE’s mountains and highly resemble those present on the surface of Mars.
The Emirates Mars Mission and Hope Probe are being lauded as a milestone for not just the UAE but the Arab world. The probe will provide the first complete picture of Mars’s atmosphere. The entire mission represents the country’s ambition and guiding motto that ‘Impossible is Possible’. It’s the pinnacle of the UAE’s future-facing activity  – the country is also soon due to open the doors to its much-anticipated Museum of the Future.

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The Red Lantern

Kitagawa Utamaro and The Red lantern Shop, Kyoto, Woodblock printing technique From Process of Printing Wood Engraving (Mokuhan Suritate Junjo),  1956.


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Waiting for Godot


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You & Me Me & You

Graphic artist Anthony Burrill recently created an enormous typographic mural in Leeds, England. The short documentary below explores the ideas behind the artwork and its meaning to the designer. You&Me and Me&You shows Burrill’s signature letterpress typography blown up to eye-catching proportions, covering one side of the 88-ft-high, seven-story canal-side building, The Calls, in Leeds city center. Powerful in white on black, the piece embodies Burrill’s mission to “say the most with the least, and connect with people through words” on a monumental scale, and speaks to the importance of human connection during the pandemic.


The film was produced by Charlotte Rosson with production company Maniac, and DoP Matt Gentleman. The mural was curated by Laura Wellington at In Good Company, supported by King & Co and installed by Bread Collective.

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Hope Lines

Philadelphia can be a difficult place to live even in the best of times. Although it can be a wonderful destination for visitors, America’s “cradle of liberty” also suffers from one of the nation’s worst poverty rates and has been laid-low by an opioid crisis for years. The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated an already struggling city. with marginalized communities severely battered by the virus. But the literary community has been a constant source of hope for Philadelphians.

The most recent example is the Healing Verse Philly Poetry Line. Created by Philadelphia poet laureate Trapeta B. Mayson, the project offers a glimpse of hope through its poetic messages. Callers to the toll-free number (1-855-763-6792) are greeted by Mayson’s voice  with a recorded message and introduction to the project, which offers an affirming poem by a Philadelphia-connected poet as well as information about events and mental health resources. The Philly Poetry Line offers a new poem every Monday. The short poems provide a welcome respite from pandemic life.

Trapeta B. Mayson is a poet, teacher and social worker based in Germantown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)



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Das Neue Europa

In the aftermath of World War I, many politicians, political scientists, philosophers, and even cartographers offered innovative proposals to restructure Europe. P.A. Maas, an Austrian publisher, suggested a wildly creative way to re-imagine Europe as a political entity. “Does anyone really seriously believe that the consequences of the peace negotiations so far have secured eternal peace?” he wrote. “Does anyone really seriously believe that the revenge of the individual peoples has been satisfied by the consequences of the present peace negotiations?”

Instead Maas proposed to subdivide the continent into 24 wedge-shaped “Kantons,” each named for a major city. These would converge at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, the epicenter of the new European union’s capital, which Maas envisioned as “a large, wide garden city, hygienically designed and expanded.” The Kantons would cut across cultural and ethnic lines and across the old national borders, and each one would include at least two of Europe’s “Nations” — Romans, Germans, Slavs, and Magyars — so that “racial hatred does not prevail as before, but the love of the people prevails.” A three-year presidency would rotate among the Kantons. He also proposed that everyone would speak Esperanto, and everyone over 20 (except married women) could vote.

“To many a reader this work may appear as the result of over-excited imagination; someday, though late, the knowledge of truth will gain the upper hand, and perhaps many things which have been stimulated by me here will be realized.”

Who knows, if Maas had succeeded with his plan, maybe World War II would have been avoided. If you are intrigued by his proposal, you can download a copy of his 24 page pamphlet here .

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