July 15, 2001 |
THE LOOK OF ARCHITECTURE By Witold Rybczynski, Oxford University Press: 130 pp., $22 "It seems to me that style is one of the enduring--and endearing--aspects of architecture." Witold Rybczynski, not the humblest of critics, sets himself apart from the mainstream architects (practitioners and academics) who insist that serious architecture has "nothing to do with style." They're just being "dishonest," he says dismissively.
August 1, 2006 |
For organic farmer Judith Redmond and others like her, Michael Pollan, who wrote "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," is more than a bestselling author. "In our world," she said, "he's a rock star." That's why the balding, bespectacled Pollan cannot shop at his Berkeley farmers market without being approached by adoring fans who thank him for bringing debates about green living and the "sustainable food movement" into the mainstream.
December 30, 2007 |
IN a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times, Michael Pollan quotes Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, on the farm bill now before Congress: "This is not just a farm bill. It's a food bill, and Americans who eat want a stake in it."
April 9, 2006 |
MICHAEL POLLAN has perfected a tone -- one of gleeful irony and barely suppressed outrage -- and a way of inserting himself into a narrative so that a subject comes alive through what he's feeling and thinking. He is a master at drawing back to reveal the greater issues.
May 23, 2001 |
During the course of researching his latest book, "The Botany of Desire," Michael Pollan spent a delightful evening smoking pot in an Amsterdam cafe and made an important discovery about himself and America's $20 billion war on drugs: Marijuana didn't make him feel "stupid or paranoid" anymore.