My weekly fix - week 4

Another dose of urbanity...

According to a front page Wall Street Journal article yesterday, Buffalo finally made it to the coveted list of tourist destinations that include Turkmenistan, Siberia and the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang. The article about a recent $300 ruin porn tour of the Queen City - Visitors to Buffalo, NY find beauty in decay spread like wildfire through local social-media outlets and was finally picked up by the Buffalo News, here, by lunch time. The comments on both articles are worth a few moments.

Speaking of Wall Street and blight, hedge fund operator Mark Spitznagel brought his goats to town (Detroit) recently to help residents maintain the city's urban prairie. The New York Times ran with the story, Fund Manager Sets Goats Grazing in Blighted Detroit. NPR followed up with our Nubian friends the other day with Goats in the City? Making a Case for Detroit's Munching Mowers. Genius.

LensCulture is one of my favorite photoblogs and a daily read. A recent post - Megacities: the future of our planet has some stunning photographs and text by Marcus Lyon. There are more people on the planet today living in cities than ever before and the migration to the city from rural hinterlands is apparently unstoppable. Marcus Lyon has visited the BRICs - Brazil, Russia, India and China and reveals what he sees.

The Burchfield Penny Art Center celebrated Bloomsday on Friday afternoon with Harvard University lecturer Kevin Birmingham, here. Birmingham's recently released book, The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses is a self described biography of the text. In addition, Buffalo State College's Laurence Shine coordinated a series of dramatic readings.

Finally, if you haven't seen Richard Linklater's Slacker (1991) it's available for free online, here. The film follows the lives of some twenty-somethings for one day in Austin, TX. Slacker is a classic from the 90's independent film movement. Add it to your list of films to see this summer.

Related:  Week #1, Week #2 & Week 3

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