Indestructible

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"It's all so beautiful!" murmured Hugo. 'Europe has the charm of those who are going to die,' he said, stroking the river's grey stone parapet as he went on walking. 'That's what makes it so seductive. For several years I've felt particularly drawn to these threatened cities: Paris, London, Rome. Every time I leave I have tears in my eyes, as though I'm saying goodbye to a terminally ill friend...'

He felt a little out of breath. He could not keep up with Magda, who was walking too fast for him, but vanity would not allow him to admit it. 

'Women are indestructible,' he thought.

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THE ILLUSTRATED CITY No.4

WELL TRAVELED READS

Took the train and the bus upstate for the holidays with a little library of books and magazines taking up most of my travel bag. Felt really good to be without the internet and away from a computer for a solid five days...

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Top excerpt from a book by Irene Nemirovsky that I picked up at Persephone Books while in London. Persephone books is a small shop that reprints neglected and rediscovered classics by writers who are mostly women. The books are almost too beautiful to break open and read, with a minimal smooth dove gray book jacket and a paper patterned bookend. Tucked inside the book, there is a matching patterned bookmark. Each pattern is unique to each book, chosen especially to match the date and mood.

Located on Lambs Conduit Street (a cute street with some cool menswear shops and neat housewares stores), Persephone Books is a must visit for book and design lovers alike. There are 96 titles currently available, was difficult to choose only a few to take home. I ended up picking for myself "Dimanche and Other Stories" by Irene Nemirovsky, "The Far Cry" by Emma Smith and a couple other titles as gifts for friends. 

Even the catalog with a brief bio on each writer is something worth reading.

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Was so sweet to see a copy of WORN (Issue lucky number 13) in my mailbox, complete with a handwritten note and some pins. Sent to me via Katie of Thank You, OK; one of my favorite blogs. WORN is a Fashion Journal from Toronto and by describing it as a Journal is just so. Not a glossy magazine filled with ads, the focus on Fashion is more informative rather than flashy.

This reminds me of those great underground zines I'd get when I was a teenager in the 90's; the kind where the content would range from serious, to quirky with some fiction, reviews, interviews and DIY columns mixed in. A lighthearted but smart read, it's nice to see that things like this are still around. Thank you, Katie.

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Also tucked a pair of oatmeal colored A Detacher socks, a tube of Aesop Hand Balm and a copy of The Travel Almanac in my bag. The small square size of the magazine makes it a great travel companion. Printed in Berlin and published only seasonally, this will become one of those magazines that you will be so excited to see when a new copy is on the newstands. The design is gorgeous with with thick matte paper and clear type. Issue number two has conversations with Helmut Lang, Bernard Sumner, Kazu Makino and Bernhard Willhelm. Plus where to stay if you ever find yourself wanting to go to Montana.

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Didn't take much else, my bucolic hometown is really small and simple. Dirt roads and lots of trees rather than people. So I lived in a Carven Color Block Sweater, gifted to me by my friends at Edit and a pair of really old worn in dark blue jeans that you can tuck a small book in the back pocket of. Slim and light reads like "Bonjour Tristesse" which came with me on our train trip to London. 

The few hours on a train, bus or car is always mine as we pass through sun lit farms or night time pitch black ways, irrevocably hypnotic as I think of what's next.

Water filled caves or Rothko Churches, all those places I have yet to say hello to.

{1. Collage made from photo of Emma Smith and Persephone Book Pattern. 2. All editorial photos by Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton, 'Vintage Blue'. 3. All Illustrations and Watercolor by me. 4. The Rothko Chapel in Texas press photo. 5. All other photos by me. Thank you, Edit for the Carven sweater!}

Books, Travel, StyleBernadette Marie