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Blog posts of '2013' 'October'

Amsterdam
Opening with his daily journey, by bike of course, through his neighborhood to drop off his toddler son, Russell Shorto spins a tale of a diverse city (178 nationalities, more than New York), wrestled collectively from the sea, its coffee shops, canals, personalities and politics. Subtitled, A History of the World's Most Liberal City, this beautifully presented book (with end papers, color plates and generous margins) is also a travelogue and a magnificent ode to his adopted home.
The Ubein Bridge
Kindly contributed by Scott Stulberg, with images from his just released book Passage to Burma.
"After traveling to Burma many times since 2001, it is easy to get attached to some of my favorite areas within the country. The unique Ubein Bridge, within the township of Amarapura, will always hold a special place in my heart. It is known as the longest wooden teak bridge in the world at 1.2km and links two villages to each other across Taungthaman Lake. It is one of the most breathtaking sights in all of Burma, especially at sunrise and sunset, when the low light gives the scene a moody and ethereal feeling.
Booker Prize 2013
From the Man Booker Prize...
So, Eleanor Catton with The Luminaries it is. The youngest Man Booker winner in the prize's history (she is 28 but completed The Luminaries aged 27) has triumphed with the longest ever Man Booker winning novel (832 pages). Catton is just the second New Zealander to win the prize, the first being Keri Hulme with The Bone People in 1985.