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Ten Most Popular Essays of 2012




Our ten most popular essays of 2012 in the order they were published:

A New American Picture: Doug Rickard and Street Photography in the Age of Google
When Google launched Street View in 2007, photogrpaher Doug Rickard had a photographic epiphany.
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The Forgetting Machine: Notes Toward a History of Detroit
The decline and fall of Detroit, from ruin porn to the demolition of Hudson's to Henry Ford's first horseless carriage.
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Reassessing the Saul Bass and Alfred Hitchcock Collaboration
The evidence, scholarship and debates: Saul Bass and the famous shower scene in “Psycho.”
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How to Be an Architecture Critic
So you want to learn how to talk about buildings? Alexandra Lange suggests starting with “Sometimes We Do It Right,” Ada Louise Huxtable's classic review of the Marine Midland Bank Building in New York.
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Career Prospects in the Pain Business
Freedom from Torture’s “torture recruitment” ads deliver perfectly calculated moments of cognitive dissonance.
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Tourist Snapshots
Writer Rolf Potts recollects scenes from his life as a traveler with a camera, from a 9th-grade civics class trip  to Washington to later journeys around the world.
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Obama's New Fonts
Obama bets on American nostalgia, shrinking Gotham and picking a script.
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The Typeface of Truth
What are the implications when Errol Morris declares the typeface most likely to induce credulity is Baskerville?
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Card Tricks
The digital doesn't annihilate the analog, and business card creativity proves it.
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High (Line) Anxiety
Is the High Line above criticism?
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