Matters of Taste

because taste matters

William Morris & the Minor Arts

On this day in 1882 William Morris presented a lecture titled “Some of the Minor Arts of Life” before the Birmingham and Midlands Institute. It was a significant iteration of ideas that he … Continue reading

21 January 2016 · 1 Comment

and now, a short message

6 May 2015 · Leave a comment

‘Death by Designer:’ Aaron Schock and the Downton Downfall

How often does a piece in the Style section tank a Congressman’s career?  What started as a pretty mild inquiry by Washington Post writer Ben Terris in early February, blossomed as his visit … Continue reading

21 March 2015 · 1 Comment


On Tuesday, 11/11 (the date chosen, no doubt, for the lovely sadness of all those lonely numbers standing side by side), the Nein Quarterly #FailedIntellectual Goodwill Tour crept into Chicago, making … Continue reading

12 November 2014 · Leave a comment

the other tastiest place in the world

Back in 2010 we named the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna as the tastiest place in a very, very tasty city, but must report that its crown is challenged by one … Continue reading

12 November 2014 · 1 Comment

cats & modernism

A notice came across our desk today that identifies October 29 as National Cat Day (not to be confused with International Cat Day on August 8, which is a semi-legit event sponsored … Continue reading

29 October 2014 · Leave a comment

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

Don't miss anything tasty: enter your email address and click on the button to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 233 other followers



click image to fly with Athena's owl to "Why Taste Matters: A Draft Manifesto"

blog stats

  • 372,614 tastes