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December 28th, 2009
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Dalrymple Demolishes Le Corbusier
I didn't know anything about Le Corbusier other than the placeholder-tag "important architect who wrote". Theodore Dalrymple supplies a convincing demonstration of his importance, while condemning the man's works and legacy [City magazine].

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From:ukelele
Date:December 28th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Everything I know about Le Corbusier I know from Jane Jacobs (who hates him, and is well worth reading -- Death and Life of Great American Cities is one of the best books I've read, period).
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From:ijon
Date:December 28th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, that's high praise indeed! Adding to my list.

And you, what have you to say for yourself, in re reading Helen DeWitt's The Last Samurai?
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From:ukelele
Date:December 28th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
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I haven't read it, so I can't say! Should I?
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From:ijon
Date:December 28th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Mm, I'm either going senile, or am grossly negligent. Haven't I recommended the book to you in the most glowing of terms? Have I not affirmed that it was the best book I've read in, oh, ten years?

By which I mean to suggest: drop everything ('cept Verity!) and read it!

Go! Now! I'll wait. You can thank me later.
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From:ukelele
Date:December 28th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
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Quite possibly! My memory is made of holes. But I now have a systematic place for keeping track of things I mean to read, so I will add this!
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From:guygrobler
Date:December 29th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
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Helen DeWitt's - The Last Samurai, due to your recommendation then I couldn't help but search the review on Amazon. by the book title I thought this might be a "Shogun/James Clavell" type book which it isn't. Still it looks like a good read so me thinks Ill add on to my list as well.


The below is from the Publishers review of the book (on Amazon) and surely must be qualified as torture.
To avoid the cold, they ride the Underground on the Circle Line train daily, traveling around London as Ludo reads the Odyssey, learns Japanese and masters mathematics and science.
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From:themoniker
Date:December 30th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Just yesterday I listened to this podcast http://www.ifyourejustjoiningus.com/2009/12/11/cities-real-and-unreal-a-discussion-of-architecture-and-fiction-with-jeff-vandermeer-jeffrey-ford-geoff-manaugh/

where Geoff Manaugh said that he thinks JG Ballard's writings are a reaction to Le Corbusier ("if you want people to live in buildings like that, this is how they'll behave", or something like that).
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From:ijon
Date:December 30th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Interesting. Haven't read a word of Ballard yet. Have you?
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From:themoniker
Date:December 30th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Not much beyond a short story ("The Voices of Time") I read for Dr. Brian McHale's "Poetics of Science Fiction" course in 1991(?).

I've probably read more about his writing than of his writings.
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