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Book Markers: The Amagansett Edition

Tue, 02/07/2023 - 07:49

Paul Goldberger, Updated

The book is a touchstone. And now Paul Goldberger's "Why Architecture Matters," published in 2009, is out in a revised edition for Yale University Press's Why X Matters series: new cover, updated text, and an added afterword titled "Architecture, Power, and Pleasure." 

In that afterword, Mr. Goldberger, an Amagansett part-timer, once The New Yorker's architecture critic, then with Vanity Fair, "addresses the current climate in architectural history and takes a more nuanced look at projects such as Thomas Jefferson's academical village at the University of Virginia and figures including Philip Johnson, whose controversial status has been the topic of much recent discourse," according to the publisher. "He argues that the emotional impact of great architecture remains vital, even as he welcomes the shift in the field to an increased emphasis on social justice and sustainability."

“A Dream of Shadows”

Another Amagansetter involved in architecture as a career, Peter Eliott, has come out with what he has called "a literary adventure slash fantasy novel" — "A Dream of Shadows" — billed as book one in a planned Shadow Bidder series. 

The protagonist is Vazeer the Lash, a "notorious criminal . . . working as a contract smuggler," the jacket copy says. "Raised in Hell's Labyrinth, the corrupt city where crime and violence are the order of the day," he is in fact a cultured criminal, self-taught, and he at last sees a way out of the trade, but only if he can overcome the Raving Blade, one of the city's "most infamous and sadistic power brokers."

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