Jeff Byles


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  • 11 years ago

    Christopher Alexander broods over the well-being of insects. He abominates structures more than four stories high. A longtime Berkeleyan with a hankering for steeply pitched roofs and old Turkish carpets, he's been called a "radically conservative...

  • 13 years ago

    Daniel Libeskind's got Itzhak Perlman in his past. He's got the gestapo on his mind, a Jabberwock in his pocket. And—dare we say it?—dude's got mojo. The scene is the late 1950s, a Tel Aviv concert hall. Libeskind's a child-prodigy accor...

  • 13 years ago

    There are no entrails in Paris. Guts, innards, sweetbreads—they're all gone now, by municipal fiat. The viscera's been vamoosed. I'm not talking about a plate of haggis over at some boîte in Montmartre, either. I'm talking vast, redolen...

  • 14 years ago

    That great French lark-meister and sometime surrealist Louis Aragon once got in a jam when what he mischievously called his "novel-that-was-not-a-novel" veered too close to fact. He had described, in 1924, the illicit underworld of the Passage de ...

  • 16 years ago

    As a young lad in Gillingham, England, the critical geographer David Harvey often tried to run away from home. His conscience always got the best of him, though. "So I decided to run away in my imagination," he reminisced last year, and took to ro...

  • 16 years ago

    On a frigid February morning in 1985, Michael Burawoy's dream came true. He passed under gate number one of the Lenin Steel Works, ground zero of Hungary's industrial heartland, and found himself belly-to-brimstone with the flame-belching maw of a...


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