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John Foster
Book Review: The True Gospel Preached Here
08.22.14

Margaret’s Grocery: part grocery, part church. And the subject of a new photo documentary book.

John Foster
Accidental Mysteries
01.27.13

The extraordinary magic of the ex-voto.

Rick Poynor
Dom Sylvester Houédard’s Cosmic Typewriter
Alexandra Lange
Up From Zero, the Novel
08.24.11

A post-9/11 fiction scooped by reality.

Adam Harrison Levy
Sustainable Christmas Trees
12.13.10

From artificial firs to rented spruces, a report on alternatives to the chopped-down Xmas tree.

Thomas de Monchaux
In Search of Sukkah City
09.20.10

Sukkah City: NYC, a design/build architecture competition taking place at Union Square Park in New York City, Fall of 2010.

Kenneth Fitzgerald
I Believe in Design
03.16.09

In each of the communities I’ve lived I’ve encountered one of these trucks. It’s always a white van, hand-inscribed by paint or permanent marker with a variety of Biblical verses and religious admonitions....

Lorraine Wild
Sister Corita: The Juiciest Tomato
01.09.07

In Daniel Berrigan's words, Sister Corita is a "witch of invention." And there is no doubt that at least in those tumultuous years of the 1960s, her powers of invention seemed supernatural, if not divine... Corita's work stands for its sheer graphic invention, the riot of letterforms and color, and the immediacy of its connection to her time and place.

Michael Bierut
The Golden Age of American Commercialism
09.24.06

The encroachment of commercialism into everyday life seems like a peculiarly modern phenomenon. Yet around one hundred years ago, America began a romance with salesmanship that today seems almost delirious. A 1922 business directory shows how great crass commercialism used to look.

William Drenttel
El Lissitzky for Pesach
04.10.04


Jessica Helfand
Mind the Light, Light the Mind
01.02.04

As I began to describe Quaker Meeting for Worship — where one sits in silence for some period of time, in a large room with any number of other congregants, and where one stands to speak, on virtually any topic, when moved to do so — I realized that this presented a compelling metaphor for blogging.


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