What We're Reading This Week: Tipping, Carl Sagan, 'Adventure Time'

Posted by Fodor's Editors on April 17, 2014 at 5:30:00 PM EDT | Post a Comment

This is the best tipping primer I’ve ever read, complete with illustrations, tipping charts, cost calculators, and even a breakdown of who tips badly/well by demographic (surprise: all-male dining parties tip above average!). I’ll never experience tipping anxiety again. —Arabella Bowen, Editor-in-Chief

Adrienne Raphel tells the story of the rebirth of the iconic Moleskine notebooks—thank you, Bruce Chatwin—and addresses the brand's strategy for remaining relevant in a digital world. As someone who has purchased Moleskines (but rarely used them), I enjoyed the insight.—Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

I enjoyed Emily Nussbaum’s critical take on Adventure Time, one of my favorite TV shows. Even better is Maria Bustillos’s epic analysis of the animated series—its literary richness, origin story, and its strange appeal to kids and adults alike. —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor, Fodors.com

A co-worker recently turned me on to Brooklyn Magazine. The Spring 2014 issue is full of interesting information about the borough and interviews with artists and entrepreneurs. Among other things, it features in-depth interview with Girls star Adam Driver. —Caroline Trefler, Senior Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

The Ballad of a Small Player, Lawrence Osborne’s novel of gambling and ghosts, brings Macau to warm, humid, bustling life. —Linda Schmidt, Managing Editor

I love Ranger Diaries. It's an assortment of blogs from African wildlife rangers who work for some of the top safari outfitters in southern and East Africa. The photos are the riveting: You'll feel as though you're sitting in the Land Rover right next to the ranger! —Kristan SchillerEditor, Cities and Cultural Destinations 

I’m starting the sci-fi novel Hyperion by Dan Simmons. I haven’t read sci-fi or fantasy since 1999, when I re-read Lord of the Rings in anticipation of the movies. A trusted friend and my son highly recommended that I read Hyperion, saying that it will more than satisfy my pretentious literary taste. —Eric Wechter, Editor, Cruises and Resorts

John Jeremiah Sullivan (Pulphead) has a particular knack for making arcane, 1930s blues singers not only accessible, but enthralling. —Róisín Cameron, Associate Editor, Countryside and Adventure

A touching look at loss, science, and the beauty of our own impermanence from the daughter of famed astronomer Carl Sagan. —Amanda Sadlowski, Assistant Editor

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