Things that happened recently:
The guy that killed 10 people and injured 15 with a van in Toronto recently, claimed that he did it as part of the "Incel Rebellion." If you have no idea what the "incel" community is (like me), here's a good article explaining who they are and why they're so dangerous.
Six months ago, 2,924 gorgeous color slides made in parks across New York City in the summer of 1978 were found in a cardboard box. An exhibition of the photos will be on view from May 3 through June 14 at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park (near 64th Street) and you can see some of them here.
Things to do in New York this weekend:
Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs, an exhibition of photos that Kubrick took while working for Look magazine beginning when he was just 17, opened at the Museum of the City of New York yesterday. It will be on view until October, and Gothamist has a preview of some of his incredible photographs here.
About half of the cherry trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden are in peak bloom. I check this bloom map almost daily in the spring because I'm a nerd, but if you can't make it to the park here are some photos of their beautiful blossoms from 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.
Saturday the Queens Historical Society is giving a walking tour of Flushing Cemetery from 2-4pm. I've somehow never been to this cemetery, but it was established in 1853 and it's the final resting place of Louis Armstrong, Dr. Adam Clayton Powell, Sr., Dizzy Gillespie and many Quaker families.
Things that I've discovered recently:
Still obsessed with Wild Wild Country? Tough titties.
I love these paintings of storefronts and signage by Emily Thompson. She doesn't sell prints, but she does sell originals and I'd love to own one someday. She also posts photos of her often-vintage inspiration on Instagram.
The greatest predictor that I'll buy something is if it's mentioned by Kaylah on her blog, and this week I bought these LED lights for my curiosity cabinet after seeing her use them for a similar collection.
I'm actually in Memphis as you read this—I met my dad here and we have a full itinerary for the next few days. Of course we're going to Graceland and the Civil Rights Museum, and I intend to eat a lot of barbecue in between. We'll also be dipping into Mississippi to sell our souls at the Devil's Crossroads and visit Elvis's birthplace in Tupelo. We finished this Elvis documentary last week so I'm ready to see the Jungle Room and tour Sun Records to see where it all began. It's already summer in New York I guess (spring was nice for the week it lasted!) and I think I picked the wrong time to try out this new deodorant. Have a great weekend!