Fans of Umberto Eco have reason to celebrate, as the celebrated Italian novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary critic, and list-lover … “revisits the mesmerism of the metaphorical and the symbolic in The Book of Legendary Lands, an illustrated voyage into history’s greatest imaginary places, with all their fanciful inhabitants and odd customs, on scales as large as the mythic continent Atlantis and as small as the fictional location of Sherlock Holmes’s apartment.” This gorgeously illustrated tome will make a perfect gift for the bibliophile in your life. Check it out online, or at your local library, where the waiting list is sure to be long on this one. Enjoy!
When he isn’t dreaming up incredibly odd “experimental” hotel environments (Jupiter Room, anyone?), designer Ai Hasegawa seems intrigued by the possibility that human beings will one day carry dolphin fetuses to term, deliver them in special birthing pools… then cook and eat them. Hey, what with the Malthusian alarm about population growth outpacing global food production capacity, will such modest proposals remain out of rhetorical bounds for much longer? We here at UselessEaterBlog certainly hope so. Incredibly strange video, below.