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June 25, 2004

Herbert Muschamp is Real Gone

Dear Vanessa --

What a lovely development: the NYTimes' absurd radical propagandist, er, architecture critic Herbert Muschamp is stepping down. Here's a sensationally good NY Observer piece about Muschamp's run at the paper, and why he's leaving.

Those who are curious about how the ego-tecture game is played -- and those still idealistic about bigtime architecture -- are urged to give the piece a read. It's not as if Muschamp's absurdity (and his ego, his tyrannical temperament, and his corruption) was a big secret.

"If the transition is self-motivated," writes Clay Risen, the article's author, "it's also, sources at The Times said, a relief to a new crop of editors unwilling to defend, as their predecessors did, the critic's iconoclasm and obscurantism, his unapologetic dilettantism and his unabashed socializing within the highest social circles of the creative world he judges in print."

Much, much more follows.



posted by Michael at June 25, 2004


This is a real opportunity to lead design crit in a different direction. If you're interested, take a look at Project for Public Space's open letter to the NYTimes:

Posted by: Shin-pei Tsay on June 28, 2004 5:48 PM

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