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Just when you think you've amassed enough coffeetable books to do away with the actual table, along comes another title to entice.
It was only earlier this year we shared our discovery of 800 Views of Airports with you, but while that tome focused on bustling tarmacs and busy-bee ground crews, a new photography monograph explores the opposite vibeקthat of an airline with no flying planes, no paying passengers, and little hope.
Wired has an inside look at the book by photographer Nick Ballon, who spent months with unfettered access to the mothballed offices and remaining staff of L.A.B. Lloyd Aereo Boliviano at Jorge Wilstermann Airport in Cochabamba. He titled the photo book, "Ezekiel 36:36," the name of L.A.B.'s last operating plane, which touched down for the final time in 2007.
It's a little too late to make any holiday wish lists, but the new photo book 800 Views of Airports belongs on your coffee table if you're reading this.
It's a glossy tome of 408 pages, all presenting the photography work of Swiss duo Peter Fischli & David Weiss who, for more than 25 years, snapped photos of the airports wrapped up in their travels. Plane spotters before "plane spotters" was a term, Fischli & Weiss often focus on the long-haul aircraft but also turn their lens towards the tarmac activities of ground support vehicles and orange-vested airport employees.
The official publisher description gets a bit flowery: "Whether presenting a Lufthansa airplane sitting idle in a yellowy light, a Swiss Air plane waiting in a neon-haunted dusk or an Air France plane getting its belly filled in the dead of night, Fischli and Weiss's images present the evanescence of any national identity when reduced to a symbol on a vertical stabilizer."
It's not often that an airline comes out with its own book; actually, it's been damned rare since Pan Am ended production of their regional and world guidebooks. Still, it does happen and one such instance is now, with Finnair's publication of Airborne: Tales from A Thousand and One Flights [in Finnish, the title is Taivas mikä työpaikka].
The book, a 256-page collection of flight crew stories, was conceived of and written by Finnair's own people. The stories themselves are short and often with a quip, making for light and quick reading. Here's one such story we nipped off its site:
Or there's always Tintin!
Today, March 1st 2012, is World Book Day. While you'll still get a chance to hit the library or overbuy novels at your local bookstore in May for National Book Day, we wanted to chime in with a few recommendations for early spring.
Italian Hours by Henry James
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Roughing It by Mark Twain
Anything by Freya Stark
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IFC's hit series Portlandia has been showing us around Portland's neighborhoods for two seasons, and now they are bringing that expertise to bookstores.
Hachette imprint Grand Central Publishing will release “PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors” later this year. The book will be written like a traditional travel guide, but instead of providing practical information, like prices or reviews, it will take readers on a tour of Portland's landmarks, shops, and restaurants in the same quirky tone Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen use on their sketch comedy show.
Still scrambling for a last-minute gift for your sister/baby-sitter/party hostess/globe-trotting cousin/self? If the person in question loves to travel, pop down to your local bookshop (you know, if you still have one) and ask for a copy of this little gem: Hints to Lady Travellers At Home and Abroad.
Never mind that this all-encompassing travel 'how to' was published in 1889; the advice dispensed by Ms. Lillias Campbell Davidson within proves to be surprisingly prescient. Not to mention entertaining.
The bookreissued this yearis perfectly sized to stuff a stocking or slide into a side pocket of your carry-on. Its bite-sized chapters are organized alphabetically, like so: "Accidents, Apartments, Baths, Boarding-houses, Booking-offices, cabs, cab fares, Cushions..."
It's perhaps about time we shared a secret with youthe secret of our favorite coffeeshop in Chicago. True northside Chicagoans should know it already, but visitors to the Windy City would likely skip over the cafeand indeed its entire, awesome neighborhood of Andersonvillecompletely. You shouldn't do thatyou should go to Kopi: A Traveler's Cafe.
Sure, we were originally attracted many years ago by the name "Traveler's Cafe," but Kopi delivers on many levels above and beyond the bookshelf stacked with an okay selection of travel guides. For one, it has a huge menu of coffee drinks (spicy Oregon chai? check. Viennese coffee? check. Thai iced coffee? you know it). It's casual and affordable, and the lack of WiFi means it's not a laptop farm (yet).
Bibliophiles who land in London may find themselves beset with disappointment at the sight of many a so-so bookseller, W.H. Smith and Waterstones among the city's prominent chains. But, as we recently reported, the literary-minded city is also rich with independent shops with a penchant for carefully selecting their stock and giving their customers the kind of knowledgeable, personal attention every proper lit-monger demands.
Daunt Books, Marylebone
London is a city of lit-mongers. Its rich literary history earns it cool points among traveling bibliophiles, who flock to the city to seek out Shelley's house in Soho, walk the learned streets of Bloomsbury and generally immerse themselves in its bookish environs.
The city is teeming with bookshops that celebrate all things erudite, stores that avid readers could easily get lost in for hours on end. If you count yourself among this group, then take note of the following three locales: nerd-tested (and we mean that in a good way), Jaunted-approved.
Word just hit our inbox that Moby, whom nobody much listens to anymore (even though his tea is good), is getting into the travel photography game with a new tome, due out in May. The book, a collection of "packed stadiums to desolate airports, and vacuum-sealed hotel rooms," is Moby's photographic diary of life on the road.
If you're not so interested in the 55 photos from all over the world, snapped by Moby (that middle right one looks suspiciously like an iPhone photo), then surely you'll want to know that the book includes Moby's entire next album, Destroyed, as the songs on it were mostly written in these hotel rooms late at night.
The burning question of the last 24 hours? Is Katherine Chloe Cahoon, the Vanderbilt grad who’s written a guide to meeting European men called, um, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men, for real?
Hands up - we haven’t read the book, but we have watched the videos that we found here and seen the pictures on her Facebook page and, well, words kinda fail us. For a start, Katherine seems to be under the impression that Europe is a country (choice quote: “If you’re going to be attached to your towel [on the beach], you’re not going to be attached to European men”). For another, that all men are the same. And last but by no means least, that a wooden smile and a stiff walk will snag you any dreamboat you want, as long as you say the magic words: “tell me more”.
Surely it must be taking the mick?
Well, yesterday she blogged that her videos are indeed parodies:
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Do you have a favorite book from your childhood that inspired you to travel? We do, actually two: The Red Carpet Chase and The Road to Timbuktoo. It can be hard these days to find an instant classic to give to your child or to give as a gift to inspire wanderlust early, but there's a New York City bookstore that has solved this by carrying an impressive selection of children's travel books (and some foreign language ones, too). It's the Union Square area's Idlewild Books, at 12 West 19th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Idlewild's been around for a couple of years and it's surviving because it's not simply stocked with giant Frommer's guides and bland Atlases. Nope, instead it stocks a modern variety, including the awesome Luxe Guides and Wallpaper Guides, in addition to the entire wall of children's books. Typically we come here when give up on the internet and need to buy specific books, but then we end up spending far too much. It's kind of a hidden gem like that.
Yesterday evening, a French language immersion class was holding court in the store's backroom as we browsed, and book signings and talks are not uncommon; the whole setup is perfect. Even the name of the store is ingenious; Idlewild is the former name of JFK Airport, before they named it after President Kennedy.