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Praising the Port Authority Terminal

A while back, I got to spend a year reading and writing at the New York Public Library, whose glorious Beaux-Arts pile brightens two full blocks of Fifth Avenue. And every day when the library closed, one of my singular pleasures was to leave that wonderful building and, heading up 41st Street to those same two blocks on Eighth, get a look at another of New York’s architectural splendors: The Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Benjamin & Bernie Meme: Against Aestheticization

If Donald Trump anchored his political discourse in the nostalgia for an ethnically pure golden age of Jacksonian conquest, the history paintings and sculptures in the Capitol are portals to that mythological past—fictions shoring up fictions.


The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2021

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