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Wild Books

“Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”                      … Continue reading

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Frankenstein Deluxe

To commemorate the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein  this year, Les Éditions des Saints Pères in Paris has published a limited edition, deluxe facsimile of the original manuscript in the author’s own handwriting. “Frankenstein is a canon in the history of … Continue reading

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Springtime in Paris

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Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel

The Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel (Les songes drolatiques de Panatgruel) is a bizarre, Brueghel-esque volume of humorous and grotesque woodcuts published in Paris in 1565. Based on the satirical Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel by François Rabelais, the book … Continue reading

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Un Bouquiniste et Notre Dame

The last few times that I’ve been in Paris I’ve been disappointed to find that the traditional bouquinistes or booksellers along the Seine have been slowly replaced by vendors of tourist tat. This photo from 1931 by Jean Pierre Yves Petit (aka … Continue reading

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Reading 1932

Pablo Picasso, La Lecture (The Reading) 1932 : The artist’s “muse” Marie-Therese Walter asleep in a chair with a book in her lap.  

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Bibliotheques Dangereuses

For those of us who know and love Paris as visitors, the 18th arrondissement conjures images of the atmospheric, hilly streets of Montmartre or the grandeur of the Basilica of Sare-Coeur. The reality of the district is far from our … Continue reading

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Tourist Scams

If you haven’t been the target of a tourist scam, you probably haven’t been paying attention. Whether you’re visiting New York City or Rome, you are likely to be targeted by con artists and thieves. The helpful infographic below covers … Continue reading

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Mapping the Past

In one of my frequent sojourns down the rabbit-hole of the internet, I stumbled on these wonderful 19th century railway maps. The map above was created by Joseph Beers in 1884 to depict the railroads of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His … Continue reading

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Museum Match Game

Vienna-based photographer Stefan Draschan has been having some fun serendipitously capturing museum goers with complimentary attire matching artwork in a clever series. The images, shot in major art museums around Europe, create an amusing, aesthetic dialogue between viewer and painting.

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