Thursday, June 17, 2010


This week's links. Enjoy.

Paris' Hidden Gems: Secret Movie Locations
A fun little tour of lesser known Paris as glimpsed through the movies, from Parisien Salon.

Tolstoy For Dabblers
Never got around to reading War and Peace? Some suggestions for taking another run at Tolstoy — both conventional (his last novel, which is relatively short) and unconventional — Android Karenina, the latest in the hit series of classics mashups.

Do Good Things Happen to Good People?
An interview with Dr. Stephen Post, director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics and president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, which studies the relationship between altruism and happiness. Via the morning news.

A Life Devoted to the American Diner
Sarah Saffian of Smithsonian Magazine hangs out at the local diner with curator Richard Gutman — a man who has spent a career cataloging the best of American diners — discussing the history of the greasy spoon. There's a great glossary of diner slang accompanying the article, too — "in the alley" means on the side, "nervous pudding" is Jell-O, to mention a few.

Expo 70 Japan
Grain Edit had a great post recently featuring photos from Expo 70 in Japan. Stunning and futuristic architecture.

Top 10 Seafaring Tales
Carsten Jensen picks ten literary classics that would make perfect reading on the beach by the sea — or while cooling your feet in the kiddie pool in the backyard.

Vintage NASA Images
A flickr set devoted to old photos found in a bottom drawer at NASA. Via things magazine.

Grill Bread
Just in time for summer BBQ season — an amazing bread that cooks on the grill by Molly Watson, via her weekly guest post on sfgirlbybay. Fantastic (and delicious!) idea.

(lovely photo from elle decor via {this is glamorous} by way of fondly seen)

Colourful Bathrooms

Victoria over at sfgirlbybay has been pondering what to do with her Pepto Bismol pink vintage bathroom, and it inspired me to look at other bathrooms in unconventional colours today. Here are a few strong examples from Marie Claire Maison. I tend to prefer a more neutral white bathroom myself, but I'm really liking the all black bathroom, which is both dramatic and yet still calm.

Visionary Architecture

Just had to share this. From Expo 70 in Japan, the Takara Beautilion Pavilion, designed by Kisho Kurokawa. Follow the grain edit link here (or in the Buffet post above) to see more extraordinary architecture from this Expo.


Something to look forward to — a new Snapshot series here on automatism! The theme is Summer, and each Thursday in July will bring a post by one of the wonderful contributing guest bloggers. Creative, thoughtful, joyous and lovely — visit and be inspired.

(photograph by local lad)
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