parallel evolution?

While visiting Istanbul's Sahaflar Çarşısı (Old Book Bazaar) last month, I came across some beautiful examples of Ebru, or Turkish Paper Marbling. What struck me initially was the similarity between the various marbling designs (mainly flowers and hearts) with our own "folk art" practiced in the coffeehouse - latte art. Upon returning from my trip, I found videos online showcasing some of the techniques used in creating such intricate, dazzling patterns.

We owe the emergence of the coffeehouse to Istanbul's dynamic history. Now I can say that we also share kinship in the creation of intricate designs using the simplest of materials (although ours is inherently ephemeral in order to be enjoyed fully).


New Ownership Announced for Politics & Prose *UPDATE*

The owners of the Politics & Prose Bookstore, Barbara Meade and David Cohen, have announced plans to sell the company to two Washington journalism and public policy veterans, Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine, who will become the store’s new owners later on this spring. Read the official announcement on the P&P website.

For more info:

Listen to the WAMU story.

Read Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine's op-ed in The Washington Post.

Read the Washington CityPaper cover story from last October.

* It's official! Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine have assumed full ownership of Politics and Prose Bookstore. Read their welcome message on P&P's website.

I am looking forward to sharing a long and prosperous relationship with them, and want to express my never-ending love, gratitude, and admiration for Barbara Meade and David Cohen - true mentors and good friends. - Javier Rivas *


Overheard at the Coffeehouse

"When the coffeehouse section was first added to Politics and Prose [1993], Carla Cohen offered a $100 gift certificate to the person who came up with the best name for the downstairs space. The winning entry was 'Best Cellar Coffee;' however, it never stuck and continued to be know as, simply, 'The Coffeehouse at Politics and Prose.'"

Can anyone corroborate this story? Do you want to share any stories, memories, or photos(!) from Coffeehouses past? We would love to hear from you.