|Julian Merrow Smith's Postcard from Provence|
+ I read Paul Madonna's strip All Over Coffee because of the beautiful pencil drawings of San Francisco, but sometimes he really hits the mark.
+ Have I mentioned lately how much I love Miss Manners? Also brilliant: Judith Martin's biting yet balanced critique of a new book about the history of Venice. This is criticism at its finest.
+ Remember those great advent calendars with chocolates behind every door? Speedboats are even better. (via The Ironic Catholic)
+ Santa Baby, there's just one thing I really need, the deed to a french castle with 90 bedrooms.
+ I love Maps. You know this right? Well, here's a map where all the nations of the world are moved to match population with geographical space. It's very neat--though would be vastly improved if there was a larger image to analyze. (via Strange Maps.)
+ The most beautiful library exteriors in the US. They clearly need a new committee, because they miss Winchester, and yet they include this Atlanta monstrosity.