What We're Reading This Week: A New Entertainment Site, Margaritas, London's Parks

Posted by Fodor's Editors on August 07, 2014 at 10:15:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment

The new entertainment site Decider launched earlier this week, and it's a humorous guide to the expanding world of streaming content. Some of my early favorites include Decider Essentials: '90s Soundtracks10 Best Dance Movies Streaming on Netflix, and a visual timeline of Jeremy Piven's erratic hairline. —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor, Fodors.com

"America's Best Margaritas" in Travel + Leisure provides perfect inspiration during this hot, thirsty August. The creativity of mixologists at bars from New York to San Diego makes fun reading, and the photos are good enough to drink. Spiced pear, apricot tequila, hibiscus, chile pepper, blood orange, flavored salts: so many ingredients to try. —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

Anyone who's been to the Galapagos (or is dreaming about it) should read a great essay in The New York Times called "In Darwin's Footsteps." About British biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant, who have studied finches on a tiny island for more than 40 years, it's part scientific discovery, part love story. —Mark Sullivan, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

City parks are often referred to as the "lungs of the city," and in artist Sarah Pickstone's Park Notes, we're invited to think of them as creative catalysts as well. Curated by Pickstone—and interspersed with her exquisite paintings—Park Notes evokes writers past and present including Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Ali Smith who've been inspired by London's famous parks, from the wild grandeur of Hampstead Heath to the chiseled green of Hyde Park to Regent's Park's tranquil terrain.The result is a charismatic collage of words and images celebrating the creative process and London's sublime natural spaces. —Kristan Schiller, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

I recently rediscovered one of my favorite short stories, Saki's "The Open Window," a great example the author's (real name H.H. Munro) clever, mildly sinister tone. To say anything about the plot would be to ruin this impeccable work of storytelling, because this 1,200-word literary sleight of hand is the paradigm of a smart, snappy narrative. —Abbey Chase, Digital Editorial Intern

Photo Credit: Photo Illustration by Jaclyn Kessel

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