Matters of Taste

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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 · Leave a 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

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

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