The career of James Gandolfini takes yet another turn, this time with a role that mixes the Norman Schwarzkopf body type with a more Colin Powell political sensibility. My review of the expletive-saturated In the Loop here.
ST. LOUIS—A standard production of Richard Strauss’s “Salome” requires a cistern, from which John the Baptist booms out prophecies and imprecations against the title character’s dysfunctional family. Opera Theatre of St. Louis, one of the country’s best summer festivals, doesn’t have a stage that can accommodate a cistern, so on … Continue Reading Salome in St. Louis
Dwell magazine, which bears the subtitle “At Home in the Modern World,” sponsored a panel called “Designing Diplomacy: Embassy Architecture in Washington DC and Abroad” at the Finnish embassy yesterday. I was on the panel, deftly moderated by Dwell editor Aaron Britt. As you might expect, given the magazine’s interest … Continue Reading Rethinking embassy architecture
Every year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation issues its “Eleven Most Endangered” list, which I argue is best looked at not as a list of buildings, but as a national snapshot of the philosophical state of preservationist thinking.
Welcome. This is a first, trial run at blogging, a supplement to my work as Culture Critic for the Washington Post. You can find my work for the Post easily online. I intend to use this page for links to my wider interests, public appearances, stories for other publications, and for … Continue Reading Beginning to blog