Posts by: Rose Garrett

Battle of the Books

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the-frontline“Best novel” awards are not often thrown into metaphorical convergence with mixed martial arts. However, as the founders of the Tournament of Books point out, “Everyone knows that, behind the scenes, the National Book Award is both arbitrary and brutal, sort of like Keeping Up With the Kardashians meets Ultimate Fighting.

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The Artful Crosswalk

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These artful pedestrian crosswalks are street art of a different stripe. Their most notable creator is Peter Gibson (aka Roadsworth), a street artist who got his start as a frustrated cyclist in Montreal. Having “found little encouragement in breathing car exhaust, having to share the road with eighteen wheelers and the prospect of receiving the dreaded ‘door prize’ (having a car door opened in your face)”, Gibson took up stencils and spray paint for a commentary on car culture (and a more prosaic “desire for more bike lanes”).

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