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How Two Men Destroyed one of NYC’s Most Storied Restaurants

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Staring into the twilight of the Four Seasons restaurant, “the once-great eatery that still personifies the power and glory of New York City as no other,” Steve Cuozzo of the New York Post asks, how could two of the giant egos behind the scenes there accidentally collude to bring her down? “Or, put another way, […]

At the Guggenheim, Starting From Zero Comes Full Circle

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Guggenheim accused of racism after high school kids are booted,” the New York Post reports, complete with the horrible pun, right in the lede that “It’s a Guggen-crime:” The Upper East Side museum banned a Brooklyn high school for life after its students were deemed too rowdy on a recent visit — a move that some […]

Michelle Obama Declares Her Fellow Elite Democrats Racist, Not Welcoming to ‘Someone Who Looks Like Me’

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Are art museums welcoming enough to minorities? While it’s probably a question that never occurred to you since, if you are so inclined, you simply pay the admission and enter, it it apparently a pressing issue to some people,” Derek Hunter writes at the Daily Caller: One of those people to whom this though has […]

Triumph of the Phil

Monday, March 9th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

After reading Andrew Nagorski’s review of historian Jonathan Petropoulos’ recent book Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany, I downloaded it yesterday for the Kindle. I’m about a third of the way through the book, but I did skip ahead to read what Petropoulos had to say about Albert Speer, Hitler’s architect and […]

‘In the Land of Faust, They Eagerly Followed a Faustian Script’

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

After World War II, and until the very end of the 1960s, European-inspired modernism as an architectural and design style flourished in America. It suited the times — a clean, forward look, not quite streamlined, but definitely, well, modern. As James Lileks wrote in 2013, “modern architecture is the break from the past that everyone […]

It’s a Wonderful Fountainhead

Thursday, December 25th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“For New York leftists, Pottersville represents a wonderful life,” Paul Mirengoff writes this week at Power Line. And indeed it does, as I wrote in my “It’s a Wonderful Fountainhead” post, originally posted last year: From now until December 25th (and perhaps January 1st), Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life will be playing somewhere. It’s […]

And the Albert Speer Award Goes To…

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Is Architecture ‘Racist’?“, John Hinderaker asks at Power Line, linking to an article in Wednesday’s Denver Post on that city’s railroad station. As John notes, “Denver’s main train depot, Union Station, has been renovated and restored to its former glory (more or less), which is what troubles the arts critic. The restored building is, he […]

You Went Full Bane, Guardian. Never Go Full Bane

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Why we should subsidise hipster novelists’ housing” was a theory proffered by UK Guardian journalist Brigid Delaney, that we had lots of fun with in January, when Delaney wrote: Bankrupt and boarded up – the city of Detroit hardly sounds like an inspiring place to work on your novel. But if your rent is covered – […]

Bauhaus of Cards

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

The Hannah Arendt Center’s Roger Berkowitz explores “The Irony of the Elite” by way of Peggy Noonan’s observation on how much real-life congressmen enjoy Kevin Spacey’s dark portrayal of their profession in House of Cards, and Kevin Roose’s new book Young Money. Roose’s book presents Wall Street financiers mocking, as Berkowitz writes, “anyone who would […]

It’s a Wonderful Fountainhead

Monday, December 16th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

From now until December 25th (and perhaps January 1st), Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life will be playing somewhere. It’s available on Blu-Ray. There’s currently a sharp-looking copy on YouTube. It will be on TV, where the film’s reputation was made during its many annual repeats; it was unexpectedly flat at the box office during […]

The Ruins of Socialism

Saturday, December 7th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

I’m sensing a theme here: Cuban architects understood the need for air and shade in a climate such as Cuba’s, and they proportioned buildings and rooms accordingly. They created an urban environment that, with its arcades, columns, verandas, and balconies, was elegant, sophisticated, convenient, and joyful.” But now it looks like a set on the […]

…But His Fonts Were Perfect

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

You may know graphic designer Michael Bierut from the above scene in the 2007 documentary Helvetica, which explored how a mid-century European font became the face of corporatist America, private enterprise yoked increasingly under the command of government. Or as I dubbed it back in 2010, after watching the film on a flight back from New […]

Poirot’s Last Case

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“So it’s official: the finest walk in modern television is no more. David Suchet as Hercule Poirot has waddled his last,” the London Telegraph reports:  Admittedly, Agatha Christie’s Poirot (ITV) had carefully prepared us for the worst. The final series began with the news that the great man had already gone to that great country […]

The Stench of Hell

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

The 1970s throughout America were a decade of hideous fashions, bloated underperforming automobiles, soaring crime, and rampant graffiti. But I think you could make a case that unless you lived in the American Northeast in the 1970s, you couldn’t appreciate just how ugly the decade truly was. In South Jersey, where I grew up, even […]

Interview: Heather Mac Donald on California in Decline

Monday, October 28th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

In his introduction to The Beholden State: California’s Lost Promise and How to Recapture It, Brian Anderson, the editor of City Journal magazine, writes: A generation ago, California was widely expected to be the dynamo of the twenty-first-century American economy — “California, Inc.,” as Joel Kotkin and Paul Grabowicz called it in a book published […]

From Bauhaus To Your State House

Friday, October 25th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Upset by the lack of unity in the United States, a Philadelphia graphic designer has redesigned all 50 state flags using a common design theme,” Jon Gabriel writes at Ricochet: Ed Mitchell of the Philadelphia design firm Bresslergroup limits the colors to red, white and blue, and features only bold, simple designs. Gone are those […]

Meet the New Brutalism, Same as the Old Brutalism

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Thomas Sowell writes that the left’s “devotion to central planning has endured from the French Revolution to Obamacare:” Some of the most sweeping and spectacular rhetoric of the Left occurred in 18th-century France, where the very concept of the Left originated in the fact that people with certain views sat on the left side of […]

From Bauhaus to Ozzy’s House

Monday, October 14th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Ikea or Death? Swedish names spark online craze:” Does “Absu” sound like an Ikea table or a metal band? What about “Klubbo”? That’s what users have to decide in the new internet game, Ikea or Death?, that went viral less than 24 hours after its release on Wednesday. By the end of the week, the […]

Triangulating ‘Nighthawks’

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but I changed the masthead of my blog on Monday night. The previous design, which I had grown more than a little tired of, contained a close-up from an early Photoshop I made in 2010, when with the help of one of its paint filters and the biggest […]

It’s a Show About Nothing

Saturday, September 21st, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Art Vandelay, call your imaginary office: During a White House event celebrating achievements in design Friday, Michelle Obama revealed her husband’s secret life-long ambition: He would have been an architect if he only had the skills. Speaking at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Awards ceremony in the East Room, the first lady explained why “the president is […]