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FRED A. BERNSTEIN
I attended both the Aichi and Shanghai world fairs, each time returning home convinced that New York should host a fair in 2020 or 2025. Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent much of his first term trying to bring the Olympics to New York, at a cost of millions of dollars, and considerable political capital. Had he succeeded, the Olympics would have brought thousands of well-heeled sports fans to the city for two weeks; by contrast, a world’s fair could attract millions of visitors.
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— The Editors
WILLIAM DRENTTEL & JESSICA HELFAND
In our studio, we find ourselves drawn to books at the intersection of multiple disciplines that are, more often than not, only accidentally visual: books about science and history, fiction and film, culture and language. While our personal interests differ greatly, the thing that unites us is an enduring fascination with people’s lives. In the late summer, we share a reading list first published in Frieze
, April 2011.
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