Welcome back to The Friday Download, T+L’s weekly roundup of books, podcasts, and internet culture that promise to carry you through the weekend, whether your itinerary is jam-packed with travel or you’re staying put, staycation style. This week: penguins with people problems, a birds-eye view of an airport boneyard, and more.
Looking for a new perspective on the world? Check out Daily Overview, an Instagram account named after the sensation astronauts often experience when looking down on the earth from outer space. The subjects of these daily birds-eye-view images range from city scenes to ocean views to a personal favorite (pictured above) of the boneyard at Southern California Logistics Airport, where retired planes are kept. Follow along, here.
Penguins with People Problems
Inspired by the merger of publishing titans Penguin Books and Random House—and “tickled” by the phrase “random penguin”—Mary Laura Philpot started sketching comics of the flightless birds in silly situations, like the above, which comes with the caption: “When you order wine and pancakes and ice cream and one egg roll for dinner, and then when you’re finished, you slide your room service tray down the hall just a bit so it looks like it’s outside someone else’s room.”
Now the cartoons are becoming a book, out this week from, you guessed it, Penguin Random House. Whatever your travel stress—be it a flight delay, lost baggage, or a particularly smelly seatmate—this collection of quirky birds will certainly brighten your mood. Download it here, then click over to therandompenguins.tumblr.com and continue the fun.
In the Unlikely Event
While Judy Blume is perhaps best-known for enduring teenage classics like Forever and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, her latest adult novel is one to pick up this weekend. A fictionalized version of a true incident from Blume’s childhood, In the Unlikely Event tells the story of Miri Ammerman, a young woman returning home to attend a commemoration of “the worst year of her life,” when three planes literally fell out of the sky and crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, leaving the small town to pick up the pieces. While probably not the most comforting airport reading, Blume’s storytelling is exceptional; it’s definitely one to add to your summer reading list. Download it here.
Here's the Thing with Ian Schrager
On Alec Baldwin’s podcast, the famous hotelier, entrepreneur, and former Studio 54 owner talks hospitality, luxury design, and the ‘70s nightclub scene. Give it a listen below.