Thanksgiving & Weekend Reading 11/28/15

My husband and I drove down to St. Louis for Thanksgiving to visit my sister, her husband and her husband’s family for the holiday. We got back this afternoon, so I am catching up with the “Internet stuff” this evening.

We’ve been doing Thanksgiving in St. Louis for probably ten years now, and I look forward to the trip every year. St. Louis is a great city with lots of great neighborhoods, museums and things to do.

My husband and I love to frequent local bookshops where ever we travel, and St. Louis is home to two of my favorites which we visited yesterday:

Subterranean Books
I bought a copy of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and the newish creative journal by Keri Smith, The Imaginary World Of…

Left Bank Books
They had some awesome boxed Christmas cards on display, so I bought my holiday cards here. I was bummed because actor Ethan Hawke is doing a book signing there tonight, so I just missed it, but my sister is there and bought an extra copy to get signed for me. Best sister ever!

Other highlights:
Craft Alliance, where I found a wonderful silver necklace with two little bunnies by Figs and Ginger. They also have an Etsy shop.

The Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at Saint Louis University, where we saw an exhibit of work by artist Salma Arastu. The reproductions of her painted prayers on her website just do not do the works justice. They are breaktaking in person. I cannot quite describe the meditative, contemplative and prayerful quality of these works.

Other Links:
Tap dance is in danger of disappearing forever.

ArtInfo finds some interesting early American documents in Harvard University’s just-published digital collection, The Colonial North American Project.

Artist Stan Herd turns fields into crop “paintings” which can only be properly viewed from an airplane.

Video of the Week
This video is one of my all-time favorites. I recently rediscovered it while cleaning out some bookmarks on my computer.

The Lost Tribes of New York City from London Squared Productions on Vimeo.

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