Hi followers! It’s been a long time since I’ve last updated this blog, but I’m going to make an effort to revive it. Are there any requests you have for regions/time periods you’d like featured? (like south american writers, japanese writers, parisian writers from the 1920s, etc)
Café Tortoni, a coffeehouse in Buenos Aires, Argentina located at Avenida de Mayo 825. It was opened in 1858 by a French immigrant and named Tortoni after a Parisian cafe with the same name. Its decor was inspired by fin de siecle cafes and has been named one of the most beautiful cafes in the world. It was a popular haunt for Jorge Luis Borges and has been visited by Frederico Garcia Lorca as well.
The home of Dr. Samuel Johnson. Johnson lived and worked here from 1748 to 1759, paying £30 for rent. It is also where he wrote A Dictionary of the English Language.
The house currently features exhibitions about Johnson’s life and work and a collection of period furniture, prints and portraits. It featured prominently in the 1946 Sherlock Holmes film Dressed to Kill.
Dr. Samuel Johnson’s house is open Monday through Saturday 11am- 5pm from October to April and Monday through Saturday 11am - 5.30pm from May to September. It is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
“[H]is mind went back to the first few years after the war and to a crumbling block of Bethune Street, in that part of New York where the gentle western edge of the VIllage flakes off into silent waterfront warehouses, where the salt breeze of evening and the deep river horns of night enrich the air with a promise of voyages.”
Bethune Street in Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Road, one pin on the New York Times Book Review’s Literary Map of New York.
Hungry for a literary snack? Why not stroll down to the Bourgeois Pig Cafe in Chicago? Easily accessibly by both car and public transportation from the Fullerton El Stop, the Bourgeois Pig Cafe offers delicious sandwiches named after great works of literature ranging from Shakespeare to Walt Whitman. Signature sandwiches include The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises, which was named one of the “Top 104 Dishes in the City” by Chicago Magazine in Nov. 2007.