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Supersized Desert-Style Olympus C5050 Utah Sunday, May 2nd, 2004.

Down to a Frank Lloyd Wright public toilet
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Down to a Frank Lloyd Wright public toilet iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

Visitors Center at Florida Southern College
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Formerly the college library, as designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Visitors Center at Florida Southern College iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

Welcome to Campus by Frank Lloyd Wright
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Welcome to Campus by Frank Lloyd Wright iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Sunday, April 21st, 2013.

Thomas Edison’s Back Garden Jetty
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Thomas Edison’s Back Garden Jetty iPhone 4S Fort Meyers, Florida Saturday, April 20th, 2013.

Around the Back with Frank Lloyd Wright
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Around the Back with Frank Lloyd Wright iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Friday, April 19th, 2013.

Moving through Frank Lloyd Wright’s Florida Southern College in the late afternoon
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Moving through Frank Lloyd Wright’s Florida Southern College in the late afternoon iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Friday, April 19th, 2013.

College passageway by Frank Lloyd Wright
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College passageway by Frank Lloyd Wright iPhone 4S Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida Friday, April 19th, 2013.

Hot Pipes
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Hot Pipes Olympus C5050 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Sunday, May 18th, 2008.

Forlorn Sundown Strip
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Forlorn Sundown Strip Nokia N95 8GB Fort Lauderdale, Florida Sunday, May 11th, 2008.

Indiana Jones and the Krispies of Coco
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Indiana Jones and the Krispies of Coco Nokia N95 8GB Fort Lauderdale, Florida Sunday, May 11th, 2008.

Across the Universe
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Across the Universe Nokia N95 8GB Key Largo, Florida Saturday, May 10th, 2008.

Sanctuary’s Path
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Sanctuary’s Path Nokia N95 8GB Key Largo, Florida Saturday, May 10th, 2008.

Living on the Island
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Living on the Island Nokia 6630 Manhattan, New York City, New York Tuesday, October 9th, 2007.

New York (Bionic) Eye
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New York (Bionic) Eye Nokia 6630 Manhattan, New York City, New York Tuesday, October 9th, 2007.

City
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City Nokia 6630 Queens, New York City, New York Sunday, October 7th, 2007.

Elegant Mosaics in the Subway for Goodness’ Sake
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Elegant Mosaics in the Subway for Goodness’ Sake Nokia 6630 Manhattan, New York City, New York Sunday, October 7th, 2007.

Manhattan Shapes
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Manhattan Shapes Olympus C5050 Manhattan, New York City, New York Saturday, October 6th, 2007.

Misty Mythie City
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Misty Mythie City Olympus C5050 Manhattan, New York City, New York Saturday, October 6th, 2007.

Smooth & Heavenly
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Smooth & Heavenly Olympus C5050 Miami, Florida Sunday, September 30th, 2007.

Scooters… in America!
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Scooters… in America! Olympus C5050 Miami, Florida Sunday, September 30th, 2007.

Typica Americana
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Typica Americana Olympus C5050 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Friday, September 28th, 2007.

Talk to Us
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Talk to Us Olympus C5050 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Monday, September 24th, 2007.

Welcome to Tropical Florida
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Welcome to Tropical Florida Nokia 6630 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Saturday, September 22nd, 2007.

Blue Dog and Shedd Aquarium
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24 April 2007: Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is one of my favorite spots in the world. It’s so magnificent yet so amcha, of the people, and I had one of my loveliest, most thrilling afternoons there. This is a photo taken a decade after this area was part of my environment.

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Blue Dog and Shedd Aquarium Olympus C5050 Chicago, Illinois Saturday, May 15th, 2004.

Leaving Shedd Aquarium north
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Leaving Shedd Aquarium north Olympus C5050 Chicago, Illinois Saturday, May 15th, 2004.

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Briefs

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Fast, clear, cogent, respectful, dominating — what a performance Hugh Hewitt recently gave on Charlie Rose. He even asked Charlie a couple of times what he thinks, and it quickly became two chummy top media guys sharing ideas, not a mainstream media star interviewing a right-wing kook.

Hewitt managed to work in his career in government — which was all very long ago — and the very many people he knows, but without the name-dropping being the point of his responses. He called Charlie Charlie often enough that Charlie finally called him Hugh. “Great to have you,” Charlie ended it. “Good [ie, maybe not so great] to be here,” the response.

I listen pretty regularly to The Hugh Hewitt Show and it would be nice if we could get this fast-talking, super-smart, reasonable and sophisticated guy instead of the dumbed-down base-cultivating borderline bully we sometimes get on his home turf.

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Smart liberal reporters are probably inclined to think that smart liberal experts are right when they say things the smart liberal reporters already agree with.

Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File, January 27, 2017

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

George Friedman, founder of Stratfor, explicates the constituent parts of Trump’s foreign policy views — for instance, that multiple bilateral agreements are preferable to multilateral ones (something Israel has always stuck to). Someone recently noted that you can’t point to any particular Washington thinktank and say that this is where Trump gets his views. This might have been meant disparagingly, but it also suggests that the new President has actually been thinking. Indeed, Friedman writes elsewhere that this more general level of thought is the most salutary for a successful presidency.

Albeit behind Iran, Israel squeaks onto Walter Russell Mead’s list of the Great Eight Powers of 2017. It’s amazing that only one European country makes it here.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Good point, yes. If under Trump it’s between the symbol of a U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem or the reality of continued building throughout the city—as it may well come down to—then the choice is clear, writes Nadav Shragai.

Friendship is for Weenies

It’s amazing, given the adulation he enjoyed elsewhere, that the Israeli public knew from the start not to trust US President Obama.

This Trip’s Last Day

I went to Astor Place Haircutters. I crossed Manhattan Bridge on foot. I walked west along Canal St, seeking a bamboo steamer.

I, Thou and Pastor Bob

At the Calvary Church here in Fort Lauderdale the Biblical locations feel so far away that they can be abstracted and spiritualized. There is religious energy here.

The Big and Easy

The American stage is grand, as are the achievements and ambitions, but daily life seems lamed by a compulsive denaturing.

A Cabaret, Old Chum

It’s a last bastion of civility, being allowed to drink at Penn Station, Brian mused ruefully as we carried our beers to his train home to Great Neck.

Stars, Stripes & Superlatives

Here in Los Angeles I am bombarded with superlatives. Daniel’s record collection. The Bikram Yoga College of India world headquarters. Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. All mixed in with the most ravaging mediocrity.

Approaching Infinite Justice

Immediately after 9/11, the burgeoning war on terror was named “Operation Infinite Justice”. Within days it was renamed “Operation Enduring Freedom”, but is the new name a mere cloaking of the first?

Don’t Panic!

An academic romp through Jewish American comedy starts out as a veritable rollercoaster ride, but grinds to halt with its obsession with one Bob Dylan.

A Call to Thumbs

When you hitchhike it’s out of your hands, and that’s therapeutic. Paradoxically, you also see how much control you do have.

 

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

David Cripps, the London Symphony Orchestra’s horn soloist, on playing the Star Wars music, and particularly “Leia’s Theme”. Seems clear from this and an interview I read on “Rey’s Theme” that John Williams is inspired by charismatic actors.

The world’s most (only?) prescient columnist takes a step back to show us where Russia and China are similar and different to America. This article is one for these new times, to be sure.

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The New York Times attempts to embarrass Trump’s new appointment by linking to eight of incoming American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s columns in Arutz Sheva as if his words alone are enough to horrify. I for one though agree with everything he writes in these, except perhaps in “Time to Regroup on Iran” where he suggests hitting Hamas harder — not sure about that. I’m with him on J Street, and there’s great stuff on what he dubs the two-state narrative.

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Francis Fukuyama coins and explains vetocracy. The intricacies are bamboozling—which is the point. Seems to me that fixing this is the first domino.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Niall Ferguson on Kissinger on the Obama legacy and Trump prospects. Long, juicy, probably somewhat prescient, also a bit nutty.

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Some tentative optimism from The American Interest: If the new Administration can both push infrastructure and simplify the regulatory process, “it will have proven that the Trumpian earthquake can in fact break certain decades-long patterns of bipartisan paralysis…

This article features a list by Dan McNichol of suggested public works projects throughout the USA. He is author of The Roads That Built America, a history of the Interstate highway system (of which I actually have a copy).

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

“The press takes [Trump] literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.’ Salena Zito in this September 23 article in The Atlantic. What a thing.

Also Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit by Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept.

And What I learned after 100,000 miles on the road talking to Trump supporters by Chris Arnade in The Guardian.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Sunday, September 11th, 2016

Among the lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children is to encourage effort rather than praise ability.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

What sets you apart in high school at 17 makes you a cliché in Brooklyn at 27.

Christian Lorentzen , “Toward a Unified Theory of Joan Didion”

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Slate’s Black Film Canon. I’m going to take this in. [via Subtraction.com]

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Nicholas Dames’s Publications page. The man is Professor of Humanities at Columbia University and a mine of gems.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

On “the Weimar aspect of our current moment”: I haven’t read Andrew Sullivan for a long time, but he seems to be hitting it here, Democracies end when they are too democratic, in New York magazine.

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

“The real story of this election is that after several decades, American democracy is finally responding to the rise of inequality and the economic stagnation experienced by most of the population,” writes Francis Fukuyama in Foreign Affairs [requires free registration].

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Nice piece on poetic military language with examples from the Israeli, American and British experiences.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Weekly Standard again. Trump as Burr, and what Hamilton did.

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Eddie was more than a hero, Mrs Meechum. He was our friend.

Claire Underwood in House of Cards

Friday, February 5th, 2016

We must never forget that PBS aired Are You Being Served as a public service.

ASK

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Looking for a way in to a responsive refresh, and because Engaging has a paid-up account at cloud.typography.com, I switched the main font at my personal site adamkhan.net from Georgia to Archer. However, this AIGA article, “Is Archer’s Use on Target?”, points to the font’s role in our larger socio-economic situation, and that I’m about 7 years behind the curve. There are also the Archer Alert and Archer Beat blogs. Turns out it’s everywhere, from US postal stamps to One Direction albums. Nonetheless I feel slightly redeemed by the conclusion at “The Devil Uses Archer”.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

So Bikram has lost the first of the many cases against him filed by women for various sexually-related offences. All I know is that his teachings are great and that he plays the guru, speaking in fanciful exaggerations, making mercurial observations. And it seems he was unable to switch off this character even in front of a jury.

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Who is the enemy to engage, Iran or ISIS? Lee Smith has an answer: Iran, because you can’t defeat ISIS without the Sunnis on board, and you can’t get Sunnis on board against ISIS until you demonstrably tamp down Iran.

Monday, December 21st, 2015

A sweeping reminder to anxious Israelis from Edward Luttwak that it’s always been worse than it is today. All cheerleading aside, I say to all citizens at home and abroad: when someone is providing a service, look at their faces. Maybe even smile. Say thank you. Please.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

He has to have his China.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Mark Leyner, regarding today, in The Paris Review: “The only reasonable response to this situation is to maintain an implacable antipathy toward everything. Denounce everyone. Make war against yourself. Guillotine all groveling intellectuals. That said, I think it’s important to maintain a cheery disposition.”

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Anaclitic

relating to or characterized by a strong emotional dependence on another or others

Solipsistic ads are another way television ends up pointing at itself, keeping the viewer’s relation to his furniture at once alienated and anaclitic.

David Foster Wallace, “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”

Otiose

serving no practical purpose or result.

What explains the pointlessness of most published TV criticism is that television has become immune to charges that it lacks any meaningful connection to the world outside it. It’s not that charges of nonconnection have become untrue. It’s that any such connection has become otiose.

David Foster Wallace, “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”

An excerpt from Dennis Ross’s book about US-Israel relations. This all seems believable, and fascinating as well.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

A romp through the current state of thespian-American affairs with fear and loathing of the English invasion, particular emphasis on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a conclusory celebration of Jake Gyllenhaal.

Monday, March 9th, 2015

[Dead link]

“Custome [sic] Granite Cuntertops [sic, no joke!] And New Sink Gives This Remodeled Kitchen A Modern Look.” These 8 photos by the proud illiterate builders are the first time I’ve seen such a travesty documented as they dismantle an original Frank Lloyd Wright kitchen and replace it with something that would be nice enough in a regular home but here is gruesome. The homeowner should be prosecuted.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Apprentice to Genius: Years with Frank Lloyd Wright

Edgar Tafel

♦♦♦

I ploughed through this. It’s the most vivid portrait I’ve seen of the apprenticeship itself. The chronology is a bit confusing at first—perhaps the book design could have made more clear that he’s jumping back and forth between his own beginnings and FLLW’s. The traffic cop encounter with Alexander Woolcott, the travels in the car as FLLW’s driver—great stuff. There could be more from Tafel as an architect—he was there on the great ones, such as Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax HQ.

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Whiskey and vulva at the Vollmann studio.

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

My Father, Frank Lloyd Wright

John Lloyd Wright

♦♦♦♦

Originally entitled My Father, Who Art on Earth, there are gems here that you can’t get from any of the other masses of FLLW books. I welled up when in Venice, when entering St Marks, it reminds John Lloyd of nothing else but his own childhood playroom. Just how great we can get?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Michael J. Totten and Samuel Tadros discuss Egypt’s failed revolution. Tadros concludes that the US should withdraw aid in order to shock the
Egyptians into getting real.

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

In tandem with Robert Kagan’s recent piece on post-WW2 Pax Americana, Lee Smith suggests Obama is (mistakenly) pursuing a balance of power rather than hegemonic arrangement in the Middle East.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

According to the reputable Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, led by Dore Gold, ISIS is an Iranian surrogate.

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Perhaps the most frightening thing about this much-lauded essay on America’s post-WWII hegemony is that it was written at all, that our world order is receding so far so fast that we, or at least Robert Kagan, can see outside it.

 
 

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