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What We’re Reading

Cape Town City Guide,” Miss Moss
The South Africa-based blogger Miss Moss has perfect taste in food, fashion, hotels, and design, and her long-awaited guide to Cape Town doesn’t disappoint. —Julia Cosgrove

Creative Retreat: Cabin Time,” Designtripper
I fully endorse Meghan McEwen’s new “creative retreat” series. Cabins in the woods are a special kind of paradise. The first one she profiles, Cabin-Time, is a creative take on the theme, a “roaming creative residency to remote places” that you have to apply for. It’s no luxury retreat, but a place to explore creative freedom and the collaborative spirit. —Davina Baum

The Journeying Dyslexic’s Lament,” The Wall Street Journal
Poet Philip Schultz laments on how the technologies that have made travel easier for most people have made it more difficult for him and others who suffer from dyslexia. —Jen Murphy

Death of the American Hobo: The National Hobo Convention Reaches the End of the Line,” Vice
Did you know that, “In the late 1800s, a group of hobos formed a union of unemployed and itinerant workers called Tourist Union #63″? That’s just one of the surprises in this account of riding the rails to a national hobo gathering in Britt, Iowa. This different kind of travel story—which quotes Tennessee Williams: “Make voyages! Attempt them! There’s nothing else.”—brought to mind my late friend Eugene, a poet, short-story writer, and sailor who joined the IWW and occasionally hopped freights even into the 1980s and ’90s. And as I read it, the image of late singer and storyteller Utah Phillips kept arising in the background. —Derk Richardson 

The Buddha in the Attic,” by Julie Otsuka
I spent some time on the plane reading this novel, about Japanese women who came to California before World War II to marry men they had never met. It’s told from their collective perspective in first person plural, is around 100 pages, and it almost feels like a prose poem. The end comes in a flash; afterwards I dipped back into the beautiful imagery of earlier sections. —Ariel Ramchandani 

Atelier Brancusi/Paris,” Leslie Williamson Photo
In 2010, the photographer Leslie Williamson published Handcrafted Modern, a beautiful book of mid-century architects’ homes. She spent this summer in Europe, shooting her next book, where she peeked inside the perfectly preserved Atelier Brancusi in Paris. —Julia Cosgrove

Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook,” by Liz Gutman and Jen King
This cookbook is inspiring my inner Willy Wonka with recipes like chai latte lollipops and beer and pretzel caramels. It’s full of fun recipes, quirky humor, and fascinating facts about the ingredients and their relative effect on the texture and flavor of your creations. Tonight I’m trying my hand at the sea salt caramels. —Aaron King

Where Madrid Chefs Go for ‘Real’ Spanish Food,” New York Times
I read every page of the New York Times travel section’s Hidden Europe package and took down all of the addresses in AFAR contributing writer Lisa Abend‘s story on where Madrid’s chefs go for real Spanish food. —Jen Murphy 

Dorothy Parker, The Art of Fiction No. 13,” The Paris Review
I can’t remember if it was a tweet or maybe the Very Short List, a nice little daily e-mail of cool things, that told me that the Paris Review has posted its archive of interviews with writers. I clicked on the Dorothy Parker one and was treated to this line: “I was fired from [convent school], finally, for a lot of things, among them my insistence that the Immaculate Conception was spontaneous combustion.” And this one: “I hate almost all rich people, but I think I’d be darling at it.” And many others. —Jeremy Saum 

Cross Country,” National Geographic
I love to run when I travel, but never did it ever occur to me to run across an entire country. National Geographic Traveler’s Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans, inspired me with his recent 16-mile cross-country run across Liechtenstein. —Jen Murphy

Changes and Uncertainties Since December 2010,” Agence Global
Following the news from the Middle East, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day turmoil. This story, which reports on surveys taken in the region by people who have been tracking public opinion for a decade, gives some long-term perspective that left me feeling more optimistic than I often am after reading the latest headlines. —Jeremy Saum 

Photo by Ryan Greaves, courtesy of cabin-time.com