I spent a rainy Saturday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art last weekend. The winter is a great time to visit museums!
I keep saying that I want to read more nonfiction. This helpful Reddit thread provides some great recommendations.
Brainpickings has a fascinating article on the illustrations of the enormously talented J.R.R. Tolkien. Eric noted that his old copy of The Hobbit has the picture of the trolls seen in this article – illustrated by Tolkein himself. Brainpickings writes, “an important side of the beloved writer, who was as much an artist of pictures as he was of words.”
I always have to read the book before the movie. It only makes sense. Buzzfeed helps a reader out with a list of 16 books to read before they hit theaters this year.
In strange book news, NPR writes about about the winner of a mystery-writing contest that received a publishing contract and a $10,000 advance…who is also a convicted murderer.
Need some travel inspiration for the coming year? Here are 40 travel quotes submitted by bloggers and world wanderers.
An thought-provoking article in The Huffington Post asks: do Americans just travel wrong? We travel far less than people in other industrialized countries, especially when international travel is concerned. The article points out some common mistakes travelers often make.
The New York Timesprofiled a new trend: tours for the young traveler. They aren’t your grandparent’s travel tours – they’re cheaper, more adventurous, and aimed at the under-40 crowd.
Also from the Times: 52 places to go in 2014. I’m not usually big on these types of lists (1,000 Places to See Before You Die causes me great anxiety), but the Times has a beautiful spread and features some of my favorite places.