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Over the years, Donovan’s not the only one who has sung odes to Atlantis and other legendary islands. Based on the flimsiest of evidence, explorers, mystics, and armchair travelers have insisted on the existence of such places as Buss Island and the Islands of St. Brendan, most of them wondrous realmsand most of them, of course, originally sighted by people who didn’t know exactly what they had seen or exactly where they were when they saw them. Sailor and writer Donald Johnson, who has just published a book on the subject, discusses this persistent mythology in a Smithsonian Associates lecture, “Phantom Islands of the Atlantic: The Story of Lands That Never Were.” At 6 p.m. at Museum of American History’s Carmichael Auditorium, 14th & Constitution Ave. NW. $13. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (MJ)