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A is for Antiquarian bookshops

A is for Antiquarian bookshops

Working at home is the dream of many people, but those who’ve achieved it know that remote work can be a lonely endeavor. I therefore have often found the intellectual atmosphere of antiquarian bookshops more stimulating than the one at home or in a public library, and more peaceful than the crowded coffee shops. A big...

B is for Sylvia Beach

B is for Sylvia Beach

At first, the calm and modest portrait of Sylvia Beach didn’t distinguish itself from tenths quirky yet fascinating illustrations of Maria Herreros. After reading Beach’s memoir and visiting the legendary Shakespeare and Company (The second bookstore, opened in 1951) together with Marika Maijala, I now see the portrait with different eyes. In the exhibition, it presents...

C is for Chapeau

C is for Chapeau

Many of Marika Maijala drawings are repeated images and one recurring subject is the hat. The literal word ‘chapeau’ comes from the French, and it means ’hat’. Aside from meaning ‘hat’ it is also used when congratulating and giving someone respect, a short way of saying ‘hat off’ or ‘I’m so impressed, I take...