Culture

Fiction by Erin Morgenstern, Catherynne M. Valente, and Nick Harkaway.

Few things in literature are as effective at capturing the imagination as meticulously detailed worlds.

Sand sport.

While you may not have heard of Frescobol, the popular South American sport has been a prominent pastime on the beaches of Brazil since the 1940s. Not unlike other racquet sports, the objective between two players is to keep the ball in motion without it touching ground.

Advertisements you can’t stand.

Never mind dropping out; as far as turning on and tuning in go, there’s never been a better time. Over the past decade, both cable and the major networks have upped their game, giving us better writing, better characters, better jokes, and better plot twists than we’ve ever seen on the small screen. As for the advertising—well, that’s another story.

James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge 3D.

There is a moment in James Cameron’s new film Deepsea Challenge 3D where viewers might ask themselves, “Why is he doing this, again?” Cameron kisses his wife and waves goodbye to his expedition team, before hunkering down in the Deepsea Challenger submersible that will take him to the deepest part of the ocean.

A rare breed.

“You throw yourself on the benevolence of the world, believing some kind of wisdom will come of it.” —Canadian explorer Wade Davis

Escape to the cinema.

One of the main charms of central Amsterdam is its Renaissance architecture. Just northwest of Rembrandt Square—named after Dutch master painter Rembrandt van Rijn—sits a prime example, the Pathé Tuschinski theatre.

Death on display.

The smallest mummy in the world is an almost perfectly preserved, six-month-old fetus. It’s on display at the Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, a UNESCO-listed Mexican colonial town.

How to deal with the inevitable.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Depending on your route and destination, you can find yourself mired in a twilight-zone feeling of bewilderment as you arrive in a new time zone a full day behind or ahead of when you left, or like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, driving a rental car through a looking-glass world of traffic on the “wrong” side of the road.