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Victoria is a long ways from New York or L.A., but you certainly have ample opportunity to expand your mind here.

The latest proof of this came Thursday when "Baldo" creator Hector Cantu spoke as part of Victoria College's Lyceum series. I didn't know exactly what to expect from a newspaperman-turned-cartoonist, but he was smart, funny and provocative.

I'd say Cantu was the best speaker I've heard all year, but he has tough competition from newsman Jim Lehrer, who came this summer to Victoria College, and from author Bret Anthony, who was part of the American Book Review reading series this spring and wrote the best book I've read all year.

I can't keep track of all the amazing people I've been privileged to hear in the Crossroads. If you say there's nothing to do in Victoria, I'd suggest you aren't paying attention.