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As I perused the curious compendium that is Evan S. Rice’s The Wayfarer’s Handbook: A Field Guide for the Independent Traveler, I couldn’t help thinking that one place a reader might wish to travel with this book in hand is . . . the bathroom. It’s the ideal quick dip: On any page you’ll find some fresh soupçon of trivia for globetrotters, from a list of helpful words in languages worldwide to the definition of yoko meshi, a Japanese term for “the stress that accompanies trying to speak a foreign language.” Other bits are more practical: Unsure how to say no when given the hard sell in far-flung parts of the world? Rice offers a quick how-to on “The Art of Declining.” Quotes on travel also appear throughout, such as this winner from George Bernard Shaw: “In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.” Less a true guide than a clever hodgepodge, this book will delight both seasoned explorers and armchair types.
What modern parent has not heard their child utter these six words: “Can I play with your phone?” My 9-year-old typically goes straight for the camera app, which is why I now have 5,000 pictures and videos of her in storage. I’ve often thought that this self-exploration could be channeled into something more artful. So I’m thrilled to discover The Movie Making Book by Dan Farrell and Donna Bamford, co-directors of Sparks, a film school for children based in the U.K. They begin by teaching the many basic shots used by filmmakers: establishing, close-up, high and low angle, mirror, etc., with tips and kickstarter ideas for each. Kids can then go progressively deeper, exploring how to master special effects, edit their movies, add sound, develop programs and experiment with genres like superheroes and horror. Well-designed and accessible, this is a book I’m very glad to have in my house this summer. Action!
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Surely I’m not alone in dreaming of having an authentic loft space of my own, full of exposed timber and abundant light from giant windows. Sophie Bush made that dream a reality when she and her husband bought a warehouse on the Thames in southeast London. It was the beginning of what would become her media brand focused on industrial conversions. In Warehouse Home, Bush showcases the architectural features of warehouses and factories—columns, beams, concrete, doors, windows and more—illustrating how architects and homeowners have incorporated these into modern living spaces the world over. In a second section on decorative details, Bush notes that “the loft look and warehouse living can influence decor in any modern home” through use of elements like old bricks and cinder blocks, galvanized piping, pallets and even repurposed car and airplane parts. The result is as much a dazzling celebration of global industrial heritage as it is a look-book for anyone planning to outfit a new space with a nod to a simultaneously gritty and sleek aesthetic.