Posts Tagged ‘modernism’

Shop, Dine, Mies 10 May 2012 No Comments

A few weeks ago I had dinner in a strip mall.  This is something I do occasionally.  Regular readers may recall Two Days in Nevada, in which I recounted having dinner at a Thai restaurant in a strip mall in Las Vegas.  This time I had dinner at a Thai restaurant in a strip mall […]

“There were many of the modern American houses here.” 22 July 2011 No Comments

When Thoreau wrote those words in his book on Cape Cod (published posthumously in 1865), he didn’t mean it as a compliment.  He had nothing but disdain for the “modern” houses he saw on the Cape, white painted boxes built of “dimension timber, imported from Maine.” (The italics are his.)  Not surprisingly, given the romantic […]

Learning from Bletter 1 May 2011 No Comments

These are my opening remarks from the symposium I organized for Rosemarie Bletter, my Ph.D. advisor. We are gathered here today to honor Professor Rosemarie Haag Bletter on the occasion of her retirement from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. And it is my happy task, by way of introduction, to […]