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Paleo Retiree writes: Razib reads a book about Confucianism. Speaking of Eastern thinkers, I recently finished and loved Grant Hardy’s Great Courses lecture series about Asian intellectual history. I found it to be a near-ideal overview of a very large field: vivid and … Continue reading

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Billionaires Dig Frank Gehry

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I recently watched a video of George Lucas being interviewed by Charlie Rose in Chicago. The topic: Lucas’ recently announced plans for a museum devoted to narrative art. Those plans were adopted by Chi-Town officials after … Continue reading

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Gratuitous Swoopy-Doopiness Du Jour

Pale Retiree writes: Now under construction on W. 28th St. in Manhattan, a new apartment building by international superstar/curse Zaha Hadid: This is part of the High Line District, an area that’s been turned into a playground for trendy starchitecture. … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: A jumbled view from NYC’s Washington Square Park looking north — partly because we here at UR have a profound and principled objection to the tendency of so much of the architecture press to discuss buildings as … Continue reading

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Gratuitous Swoopy-Doopiness Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: Back here, Blowhard Esq. took note of a particularly absurd new piece of blobitecture. The fad for wibbly-wobbly, objets d’art-style design seems to be spreading; ridgey, “organic” pieces of this-‘n’-that are cropping up all over the place. I present to … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Explore Angkor Wat. Racism or not? Are you a positive person or a negative person? Given how dull many jobs are, I’m surprised this kind of thing doesn’t happen a lot more often. Felix Baumgartner — the … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour: The Ventura Inn

Paleo Retiree writes: In the middle of Ventura, CA’s funky and not at all mall-like Historic Downtown Cultural District is this hardboiled-novel-worthy beauty. Fun tilework, dreamy colors, an excellent job of bringing the building right up to the sidewalk, as well … Continue reading

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