I saw Toronto's Graffiti Alley for the first time earlier this month, visiting with Facebook's Mark. Stretching from Portland Street in the east to Spadina Avenue in the west in the Fashion District, at its worst Graffiti Alley can be just another long, dirty, non-descript downtown alley. At its best, it is full of fun and bright works of art in the tradition of Warhol or Haring or Basquiat.
- blogTO looks at deserted Mirvish Village.
- Crooked Timber reenages with the Rachel Carson and DDT myth.
- The Crux looks at the Mandela Effect, exploring false memories.
- Dangerous Minds makes the case for the musical genius of Bobbie Gentry.
- From the Heart of Europe's Nicholas Whyte recounts his visit to Albania's bunker museum.
- Lawyers, Guns and Money notes Brazil's retirement of its only aircraft carrier.
- The LRB Blog looks at the extent and speed of events in the Trump Administration.
- Marginal Revolution engages with a book examining France's carving out a "cultural exception" in international trade agreements.
- Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw reports on the passing of rulership of the Australian micronation of Hutt River.
- Peter Rukavina shares good advice for visiting museums: visit only what you can take in.
- Window on Eurasia looks at Russian Orthodox Church opposition to a certain kind of Russian civic nationality, and argues Russia is losing even its regional superpower status.
- Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell reports on how local councils in the United Kingdom are speculating on commercial property.
This was fun!