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Essays | Biography | Master of Shadows | Spalding's World Tour | Contact

Archive: January 2009


Complaint Dept. (Redux)

Most complaints in sixty seconds, a new world record. You've read the transcript. Now watch the video.

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A Letter to the President

Dear Barack (if I may):,
First off, congratulations. I'm sure Michelle and the girls are very proud, as are the rest of us American citizens, and I suspect all citizens of this fine planet. 


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Master of Shadows: The Cover

Behold the cover for Master of Shadows, which releases this coming October.

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Who Needs Two?

In this brutal economy, the Yankees have enlisted Prudential Douglas Elliman to help them move high-end seats at their new stadium.

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Mooses

Billy Crystal is one of those guests talk show producers adore, and if you were watching Letterman last night you know why.

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If the Wire Cast Was a Football Team

The Baltimore Ravens look pretty formidable going into the AFC Championship game, but I wonder if this squad from Charm City could give them a run for their money.

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Complaint Dept.

The complaint has always been my great metier, the form in which I am a non-pareil master. Last night I became an honest-to-goodness world record holder in my favored idiom.

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Le Corbusier: Tres Grand

"Just how much personal history do we require to truly understand an artist’s body of work?" That's the question that launched my review of Nicholas Fox Weber's biography of the architect Le Corbusier, which appears in the latest issue of Print. The more we get to know an artist, the better we appreciate their work. That Caravaggio and Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Pollock were famously tortured souls only makes their work more powerful, or at least emotionally engaging, for modern audiences. Architecture, a craft as much as an art, is a bit it is at once more abstract and less transparent...

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Malcolm and Alex

Just how much of an outlier is Alex Rodriguez?

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Yankee Stadium: Remembered

For young fans, Yankee Stadium provides irreplacable experiences and memories. There was nothing quite like the feeling of seeing a game from the bleachers out in right field.

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The AIA Guide to NYC
Architect, June 2, 2010

Leo and His Circle
Los Angeles Times, May 23, 2010

Art of the Steal
Architect's Newspaper, February 26, 2010

Hearts of the City
Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2010

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Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2009

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Bookforum, May 2009

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Print, December 2008

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Los Angeles Times, October 21, 2008

Makers of Modern Architecture
I.D., February 07, 2008

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I.D., February 07, 2008

Architecture of the Absurd
Los Angeles Times, December 23, 2007

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Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2007

Edward Tufte's Beautiful Evidence
I.D., November 2006

Baseball Before We Knew It
New York Times, April 10, 2005

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Small Scale, Big Change
Architectural Review, October 25, 2010

Center of Controversy
Architectural Review, September 22, 2010

The Eighty Years War in Ninety Minutes
Mediaite, July 10th, 2010

The Virtues & Perils of Design Thinking
Architect, July 8, 2010

Last Stop on the Way to Ellis Island
Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2010

The Architect 50: #1 SOM
Architect, April 28, 2010

A Clean Slate
Dwell, March 2010

When Artists "Borrow"
Los Angeles Times, February 28, 2010

The Aughts in Architecture & Design
Mediaite, December 11th, 2009

Lessons on the Art of Diplomacy
Huffington Post, October 21, 2009

The Art of Diplomacy
Wall Street Journal, October 10, 2009

What Barack Obama Can Learn from Peter Paul Rubens
Mediaite, October 10th, 2009

Next Door, New York
Print, October 2009

Ron Arad at MoMA
I.D., September 21, 2009

Play Ball
Metropolis, July 22, 2009

Bleacher Bummers
I.D., April 08, 2009

Bombs Away: A New Home for the Jets
I.D., February 2009

Clean & Clear: Chris Hacker Remakes J&J
I.D., April 22, 2008

Reflections on the Baseball Encyclopedia
Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2008

The End of the Yankees Dynasty?
Slate, October 9, 2007

Taser's New Stunner
I.D./Business Week, July 9, 2007

Seven Days in Frankfurt
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