Matters of Taste

because taste matters

we’re five!

Happy Birthday, Matters of Taste, and congratulations on five years of celebrating martyrs and dogs and architects’ birthdays (here’s looking at you, birthday-buddy Francesco Borromini), castigating Barbie dolls and men’s feet, assessing the architecture of Lord of … Continue reading

25 September 2014 · Leave a comment

a walk on Brick Lane

Brick Lane is not unique among the streets of the world in the fact that it bears the evidence of shifting demographics, but it is certainly a fantastically diverse and … Continue reading

31 August 2014 · Leave a comment

hero: Coco Chanel

What an inspiring and accomplished woman: truly one of the twentieth century’s great icons of taste–at least the skin-deep kind.  Pity about the whole Nazi-sympathizing thing.  

19 August 2014 · Leave a comment

the Andersonville water tower

It’s been a long, long time since the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago was home to the majority of Swedish immigrants who gave the place its original identity and enduring name. … Continue reading

20 March 2014 · 2 Comments

thinking about the profession on International Women’s Day

As you know, International Women’s Day was founded in the early twentieth century in places where socially-progressive people sought to acknowledge, celebrate and encourage women’s contributions in all aspects of … Continue reading

9 March 2014 · Leave a comment

I am an enthusiast on the subject of the arts

You see I am an enthusiast on the subject of the arts. But it is an enthusiasm of which I am not ashamed, as its object is to improve the … Continue reading

17 February 2014 · 1 Comment

distracted at the movies: “Thor 2″ edition

What happens when representatives of a brightly-colored, impossibly-sweet species grow up and experience too many temptations and challenges in their transition to adulthood? Are the Dark Elves just Teletubbies gone … Continue reading

31 December 2013 · Leave a comment

stop the madness: enough with the pumpkin spice everything already

Once upon a time we welcomed the change of season, especially the advent of autumn, for the sudden chill in the air that was still warmed by a golden sun, … Continue reading

13 October 2013 · 2 Comments

you can learn pretty much everything you need to learn about the history of architecture from the Lord of the Rings

Peter Jackson’s trilogy of 2001-2-3 is more than a sweeping, gorgeous adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s books, and more than a massive magnet of critical acclaim, public adulation and … Continue reading

25 September 2013 · Leave a comment

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