On the Shoulders of Midgets: A Conversation About Reality TV
They’re about survival, fantasy, self-improvement, humiliation, and, in some cases, creativity. So what's behind the enduring success of reality TV? And why does our obsession with it persist? What do all these shows — stories about hook-ups, competition, tiny people, over-determined cupcakes, raging egos and compulsions and makeovers of things both alive and inanimate — tell us? That we are as complex as we are predictable. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
For Sale: The Earliest Modern Studio in America
In 1931, a young American artist designed and built himself a modern studio on a mountaintop in the Berkshires in Northwest Connecticut: it would be one of the first modern houses in America, pre-dating Frank Lloyd’s Fallingwater
by five years. It has been the home of Winterhouse since 1998, and is now for sale.
The Look of Freedom
It was the American novelist William Faulkner who once observed that we must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. So who am I to take issue with more contemporary interpretations of commemorative form?
A design critic, that's who.