BOOK AND A TINY BED

A hostel in Tokyo bills itself as “a readers haven”.
Book And BedBut don’t expect a comfortable mattress, fluffy pillow and warm down duvet. All that guests are offered is a tiny bed and a book to help them fall asleep.

“Dozing off obliviously during your treasured pasttime is the finest ‘moment of sleep’, don’t you agree?” the brochure asks.

Sleep tight HERE

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A train ride from San Francisco to New York – for $213

Derek Low“Arguably, the most scenic and historic of all the train routes in America is the cross-country journey from San Francisco to New York”, Derek Low writes.

“As you climb through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, and further east through the heart of the Rockies, you may find it hard to disagree.”

Train Across USTravel with Derek HERE

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The most gorgeous library you’ve never heard of
The Athenaeum
The Athenaeum houses a statue of George Washington – Ryan Breslin/Boston.com

Boston has no shortage of historical buildings, but the Boston Athenaeum is by far one of the most resplendent. Breathtaking Renaissance Revival architecture, lush decor, and over a half million precious books make this sophisticated library one-of-a-kind and a must-visit destination in the city.

Read the whole story HERE

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This 81-Year-Old Wrote a Dictionary to Save Her Tribe’s Dying Language
Dictionary
Marie Wilcox – GoProjectFilms.com

There are almost 7,000 spoken languages in the world and, by the year 2100, we will have said goodbye to more than half of them.

In America, Anna Culaba writes at RYOT, more than 130 Native American languages are currently at risk, including that used by the Wukchumni tribe. Today, there are only about 200 Wukchumni members left, and only one of them can speak their language fluently — Marie Wilcox.

Fortunately, Marie is doing all she can to preserve her tribe’s language. She learned to use a computer so she can create a Wukchumni dictionary. Pecking away at her keyboard day and night, Marie worked for seven years to ensure that her culture will live on.

Read the whole story HERE  

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To write a story or build a world, you need…

Before reporting became a dying craft, every newbie was taught that a news story had to answer five fundamental questions:

Who, What, Where, When, Why

In fiction, these questions are just as fundamental, and I’m discussing them one at a time at the Book View Cafe, using my own series, The Were Chronicles, to illustrate my points.

The 2nd essay is all about tropes

“The publishing/media world goes through trope spasms every so often – and during those waves, EVERYTHING is pirates, or EVERYTHING is vampires, or EVERYTHING is zombies – or EVERYTHING is dark dystopia….”

Read the second installment HERE

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Quote of the Day
Tolstoy
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