Monthly Archives: August 2015

Taking Triggers Seriously

Fenster writes: There are some ideas so stupid only a college president could endorse them.  At least that’s the impression given by reading this recent nearly-three-cheer defense of trigger warnings and microaggession bans on campus penned by two college presidents. … Continue reading

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Streetcar Suburb Summer

Fenster writes: Is it possible for planners to create a community with as much charm and character as one that evolved organically over time?  Heck, I suppose it might be possible.  Given enough bandwidth, time and creativity, and with possibly great … Continue reading

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Edges, Pointiness, Minimalism and Public Seating

Paleo Retiree writes: On a beautiful recent day, my wife and I treated ourselves to a long, leisurely walk — first through the West Village, then down along Hudson River Park, and finally through and beyond Battery Park Marina. The red line shows our … Continue reading

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Charlemagne Sleeps at Salzburg

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Such a changed France have we; and a changed Louis. Changed, truly; and further than thou yet seest!—To the eye of History many things, in that sick-room of Louis, are now visible, which to the Courtiers … Continue reading

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The Joys and Miseries of Kitchen Renovation

Fenster writes: Mostly miseries.  Six weeks of displacement.  The old kitchen was crammed full of food and gadgets, now taking up space in the living room.  Dining room is a staging area and we are spending most of the time … Continue reading

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Notes on “Tusk”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: In “Tusk,” writer-director Kevin Smith burrows deep into a hole of self-loathing and misanthropy. He’s beating up on the digital age, on young people, on hip callowness: the movie plays like the howl of a onetime … Continue reading

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Naked Lady of the Week: Gianna Michaels

Blowhard, Esq. writes: One of the most popular of the major mainstream porn stars of the last decade, Seattle native Gianna Michaels is known for her curvy figure, enthusiastic performances, boisterous laugh, and the naughty gleam in her eye. Isn’t it … Continue reading

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The Gezornenplat House

Fenster writes: German architect Reinhold Weichlbauer practices freestyle planning, which is based on the idea that, in the words of an HGTV segment profiling one of his houses, “windows and doors are only placed at certain places in the house … Continue reading

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The Shock of the Old, when New

Fenster writes: I am second generation German and third generation Swedish but I grew up in New England in the Fifties and Sixties so it was inevitable that I would have a third identity, just below the level of the … Continue reading

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Art Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Adolphe William Bouguereau, “Orestes Pursued by the Furies,” 1862. An interesting quote: Bouguereau was the grand master of the French art establishment and set the bar for those painters who aspired to commercial success in the second half … Continue reading

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