As happens so often, one man’s junk is another’s man treasure and the scenery decried in God’s Own Junkyard is glorified in Learning from Las Vegas.
A good friend of mine suggested we read Has the West Lost It? A Provocation (2018) by Kishore Mahbubani in order to discuss it.
I read it.
Mahbubani advocates a minimum of Western interventionism after what he sees as a period of Western arrogance in which the west humiliated both the Muslims and Russia. The book centers on the premise that economic growth will make everyone happier (except for the west which can no longer grow).
In an astonishing case of academic incompetence, Mahbubani cites the “How does it feel?” Gabriel García Márquez hoax without acknowledging it as such:
Mahbubani had previously cited the hoax in his book Beyond the Age of Innocence (2005):
I might take some classes in geopolitics coming academic season.
Joseph Hoo Kim was a Jamaican reggae record producer best known for his productions in the 1970s at his Channel One Studios where albums such as Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (1981) [above] were produced.
Learning from Las Vegas: the Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form (1972) [above] is a book by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour.
The book had a major impact on the emergence of postmodernism.
He is best known for his book Bunker Archeology (1975), a book I discovered one lonely night in Brussels spent with a young woman at her place. She had acquired it that same afternoon.
One of the bunkers of the Atlantic Wall was photographed by myself in 2007 .
I’ve yet to hold a copy of this book in my hands.