Listen to a conversation with Tom Wolfe.
©1981 by Tom Wolfe; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
This book is so deliciously biting and sarcastic I kept having to back up and listen to almost every sentence again to be sure I got all the snark. Every word is perfectly crafted with (in most cases) a lot of well-deserved sneers. I do not share quite his level of derision in every case but I love it when someone is bold enough to skewer some sacred cows no one else dares to skewer. If you like this one, another similar book is "The Painted Word" (also by Wolfe) and "Art's Prospect" by Roger Kimball. I have a friend who loves and respects Frank Lloyd Wright and I had to stop reading and email him about Bauhaus to Our House because of how it praises Wright and links Wright to other indigenous American art forms and movements that lost their place in the sun too soon. That said, I don't absolutely hate minimalism. But it sure is fun to hear some sacred cows get a grilling.
If you want to understand why so many modernh new buildings in our cities are hard on the eyes as well as the spirit, Tom Wolfe is your man!
Wolfe eviscerates the pompous and arrogant class of modern architects, and makes you laugh out loud as he does it.
I really enjoyed this critique and history of 20th century architecture focused primarily on the US and its relation to the academic/purist schools which originated with Bauhaus. Tom Wolfe is insightful, cynical, and tells a good story.
However, the gravely voiced narrator (more suited for a Western or detective novel) made it difficult to listen to the book.
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