Geoffrey Fox

Reflections & Inquiries

Bunkum, then and now

2015.08.04

Bunkum has been one of the perils of democracy at least since Cleon and Alcibiades.  Here is a good reminder of its history in the US, by historian Joanne Freeman: The Long History of Political Idiocy – The New York Times.  

A new country for refugees?

2015.07.24 - Tags: , ,

A Silicon Valley mogul wants to solve the global refugee crisis by creating a new country – The Washington Post It’s a bad idea, but at least it’s an idea! The European Union isn’t even daring to think about the problem. OK, so a new country for hundreds of thousands of dissimilar people — and … read more »

Jacob Lawrence: the power of understatement

2015.07.19

Here is a postscript to my earlier note on Jacob Lawrence’s ‘Migration Series’ at MoMA, which I discussed too briefly in a post on June 24. If you can, do see this marvelous show before it closes on September 7. Barry Memett‘s thoughtful and thought-provoking memoir includes a delightful portrait of Lawrence, a kind and … read more »

A comrade and his legacy

2015.07.18 - Tags: ,

We were sadly surprised a few days ago to learn that a dear friend and comrade, the architect Perry Winston, has left us. It will be hard to carry on without his contributions, his teaching of students in various continents to be better and more socially responsible architects and, especially, his work with communities to … read more »

Staying awake in the city that never sleeps

2015.06.24 - Tags: , , , ,

We used to say that New York was the city that never sleeps. More than that, it is a city that wants to keep you alert. However, the flashing signage, noise and bustling-hustling crowds in Times Square, the agitated foot and skateboard and motor traffic, the rattling subway and the hurried pace and startling changes … read more »

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