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From Bauhaus to Barack’s House

Friday, September 20th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Top of the Weimar, Ma! Two articles appearing today explore the period when modernism crashed and burned — Jonathan Last writes about  how its politics failed us in the 1970s, but first up, James Lileks explores the collapse of modernism as an art form: [M]odern architecture is the break from the past that everyone experienced. […]

Pushing Back Against the Age

Thursday, September 5th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

We should always endeavor to “push back against the age as hard as it pushes against you,” Flannery O’Connor once said. At Touchstone magazine, Bradley W. Anderson looks back at the late Hilton Kramer, the founder of the New Criterion magazine, now published by fellow PJ Media columnist Roger Kimball, and Kramer’s push back against both […]

You Heard It Here First

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Miley, Go Back to School,” Camille Paglia writes in Time: The Cyrus fiasco, however, is symptomatic of the still heavy influence of Madonna, who sprang to world fame in the 1980s with sophisticated videos that were suffused with a daring European art-film eroticism and that were arguably among the best artworks of the decade. Madonna’s […]

When Art History Rhymes (Or, I Want My Bauhaus TV!)

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Camille Paglia “is as provocative and fascinating as ever,” Steve Green writes. Including these two observations, where Paglia accidentally makes the same point twice: The avant-garde was a magnificent and revolutionary phase in the history of art, but it’s completely over. Artists and galleries must (in Ann Landers’ immortal words) wake up and smell the coffee! […]

Insert Obligatory Thomas Friedman Reference Here

Sunday, May 5th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“China Is Censoring Jokes About Its Propaganda Machine’s Penis-Shaped HQ.” (Via Ann Althouse, whose commenters are having lots of fun — at least for the next four hours, or so — with this topic: “In fact, if the artist Christo ever decides to cover it with fabric or anything, engineers have already decided that the […]


Monday, April 22nd, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

In The Prehistory of The Far Side, a 1989 anthology of Gary Larson’s classic cartoons, there’s a panel he drew in 1986 featuring a nighttime metropolitan setting with buildings alternately on fire or knocked over, and smashed and overturned cars everywhere. In the foreground of all the devastation, a police detective in a raincoat and […]

Off the Rails: Mad Men and American Liberalism in 1968

Monday, April 22nd, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

While the two-hour sixth season debut of Mad Men earlier this month played oddly coy about which year the series was set in, we now know that we’re witnessing Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce versus 1968. Or perhaps it’s the other way around, given how the year of 1968 came close to tearing the country apart. […]

Rampant Postwar Suburban Cross Burnings?

Friday, April 12th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

In his Bleat yesterday, James Lileks had an epic architectural screed (those are three words you rarely hear in the same sentence, eh?) Beginning with the obit of Paolo Solari, a utopian architect (sadly, those are two words you hear far too often in the same sentence), before passing through Koyaanisqatsi-esque photos of maximum density […]

Lights! Camera! Weimar!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Hollywood’s German Influence” is explored by A.J. Goldmann in the Wall Street Journal: They don’t make them like they used to. But while the most recent Berlin Film Festival was filled with largely mediocre competition fare, luckily one could seek refuge in the festival’s sidebar retrospective, “The Weimar Touch.” Co-curated by the Deutsche Kinematek and […]

‘I’m Going to Miss Shopping’

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

I love the Internet and shopping online at Amazon, and while I’d prefer the aesthetics of the Mad Men era, technology-wise I’m very happy to be living in the 21st century. But. On Monday, James Lileks visited his local Best Buy to purchase a low-end portable computer. Or as he put it, “My wife said […]

Meanwhile, Back in Chicago

Monday, January 21st, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Chicago’s $22.5 Million Payout To A Gang Rape Victim Is Probably A Bargain.” Doug Johnson of the Wizbang blog notes: Chicago Alderman Edward Burke says the city could have lost $80 million or more had a jury learned of all that Eilman went through and the nine desperate calls her mother made to police in […]

Notes from Atlantis

Sunday, January 13th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Last week, we linked to Sarah Hoyt’s essay on the resilience of cultural memes from the immediate aftermath of WWI that have stayed permanently entrenched in the left’s collective thinking. Since she wrote that she’s currently fascinated by the British interwar-era, I sent her a link to the episode of the early 1970s Thames television series […]

Scientists Discover Unbreakable 90-Year-Old Mobius Loop

Sunday, January 6th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

I’ve written several posts over the years noting that modern art — at least the “shocking the bourgeois” brand of modern art — is a genre permanently trapped in the 1920s. Modern architecture often seems similarly trapped in the same decade, endlessly recycling the forms and styles created by Mies van der Rohe and Le […]

It’s a Wonderful Fountainhead

Monday, December 24th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Joe Carter of the Catholic Education Resource Center explores “The Fountainhead of Bedford Falls.” As he writes, Ayn Rand’s Howard Roark and Frank Capra’s George Bailey aren’t often discussed in the same breath, but the two fictitious characters, immortalized by Hollywood via Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart, two legendary mid-century leading men, have a surprising […]

‘Blood, Poo, Sacrilege, and Porn’

Friday, November 30th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

From Bauhaus to Ed’s House

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Looking for a lengthy review of Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography, New and Revised Edition by Franz Schulze and Edward Windhorst? Of course you are! Which is why, in addition to all of the usual political stuff here, I have just such a review over at the PJ Lifestyle blog. And yes, in […]

Then: The Machine for Living In. Now: The Container for Living In

Saturday, November 24th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Or: From Sea-Land to Our House. In 1923, when modernists were obsessed with the machine (decades before their current rage against it), Le Corbusier put himself on the architectural map with his aphorism, “The house is a machine for living in.”  And as the years went on, plenty of other modern architects took this phrase […]

Whither the Arts?

Monday, October 8th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

At Ricochet, Dave Carter links to Camille Paglia’s essay in the Wall Street Journal on the decline of the art world with a reminder of the wonders of the 700-year old Cologne Cathedral and writes: To venture inside and see The Shrine of the Three Holy Kings (purported to hold the crowned skulls of the […]

Asking Important Questions About the Important Questions

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

“Is There a Limit to How Tall Buildings Can Get?”, the Atlantic asks. With or with a space elevator on top?, we query in return.

It Looks Like You’re Going To Need More Pixelization

Thursday, July 19th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Now is the time at Ed when we juxtapose, Small Dead Animals style: “Survey: CNN International Most Watched English-Language News Channel In The Middle East.” – Headline, TV, June 21st. “CNN puts blurry dots covering the breasts of a woman in a Matisse painting.” – Ann Althouse, today, who adds that “The clip […]