Tram lines 20/2/24

Josephine Quinn has a new book coming out on civilisation thinking and the “West”. I was already looking forward to it but this article in the FT (no paywall) has made me look forward to it even more.

Not so much reading as admiring, a beautiful 1930s hand drawn map of Harlem nightlife during the Harlem Renaissance.

There aren’t enough cross-language-divide political interviews in Belgian political life, so I enjoyed reading this long one with Jean-Luc Crucke (Les Engagés) in De Morgen.

Vijfhoek 2/2/24

I did not know that this was in the Marolles … and I guess I can’t be blamed since it closed before the Second World War and since then has been a furniture store. [NL but with photos]

Did you know that Brussels is a hub for Dutch language rap, and other music? I didn’t, but Bruzz told me all about it. [NL]

The new exhibition Popcorn at MiMA in Molenbeek is a tonic on a gloomy day. 15 artists, mostly Bruxellois, with paintings and sculptures filled with bright colours and high tones. Open until May and free with a MuseumPass.