Amuse-Bouches [Links I Love]: May 16 – August 21


Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, May 16 through August 21:

  • The Risk Not Taken
    This is a beautifully written piece on risk, and so much more. I'd quote half the thing to you here, but – really – it's just easier if you read the whole thing.

    Here's one quote that's resonating with me at the moment:

    If you can’t decide what to do, get on the road. You won’t find the answer. It will find you.

    (via @legalnomads on Twitter)

  • 11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures [ILLUSTRATED]
    I love untranslatable words. A longtime favorite is "boh" – the Italian verbal equivalent of a shrug, because why doesn't EVERY language have that? – but my new favorite is from this list:


    It's Spanish for "the time spent after lunch or dinner, talking to the people you shared the meal with." Yes, I think EVERY meal should have this. What a brilliant word.

    And, just generally, the illustrations for these 11 words are lovely.

  • Social Media Tips for Travel
    When people on Twitter ask me about visiting Italy or Portland, I'm happy to offer tips and recommendations. It doesn't occur to me to think about why they're asking.

    In this case, Amy Chen was doing a piece for Travel+Leisure magazine – and she mentions me on page 9 of this article.

  • 10 things Italy does better than anywhere else
    I found myself nodding at numbers 3 & 7 – I wholeheartedly agree with both of those – but number 1 absolutely takes the cake for getting me to utter a hearty "AMEN!"
  • Portland, Oregon: The Age of a City
    This is so cool… A map showing the age of buildings in the Portland Metro area. It's gorgeous and fascinating, with patterns that are both pretty to look at and tell a story of development in different eras.

    (via @wiredmaps on Twitter)

  • A short history of Rome’s Metro C (aka, “the Unicorn”)
    If you've been to Rome, you know that the two Metro lines are sorely inadequate to serve the needs of a city that size – and that the third Metro line has been under construction (and the construction halted) for more than five years. This "history" is 17,000 kinds of brilliantly hysterical.

    (via Katie Parla on Facebook)

  • A gay island community created by Italy’s Fascists
    In 1938, a group of gay Italian men was shipped to Italy's Tremiti island by Mussolini's government, where they remained until the war ended. Although it was a forced internment, it was also a place where they could be openly gay – something they couldn't do in the rest of Italy. This is a fascinating (and little known) piece of Italian history.
  • Gin and Tonic Cupcakes
    Wait, what? Gin & Tonic CUPCAKES??!? Please & thank you.
  • No Kidding: Women Writers and Comedians on the Choice Not to Have Children
    So, wait – there's an entire book of essays by women writers and comedians on not having children? How did I not know about this? AND WHY DO I NOT OWN IT ALREADY??!?
  • Mississippi Could Soon Jail Women for Stillbirths, Miscarriages
    Umm… What the actual fuck, Mississippi??!?

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