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Le Cercle Montparnasse: Toronto's Artistic Revival

I fantasize about the cafés in Montparnasse: Le Dôme, La Closerie des Lilas. Back then it was the heart of intellectual and artistic life in Paris and in most of the developed world. Our ideas are constantly intertwined in the democratic World Wide Web. But still I wonder, is the type of intellectual discourse that once thrived in Montparnasse insignificant now?