Blithe Spirit

If you thought biting cultural criticism was dead, just in case you thought so anyhow, consider this about a new pride of the prideful Manhattan island:

On a recent visit to New York City, I had the opportunity to walk around the exterior of the new Whitney Museum, built at a cost of $442 million. It is a monument of a kind: to the vanity, egotism, and aesthetic incompetence of celebrity architects such as Renzo Piano, and to the complete loss of judgment and taste of modern patrons.

It’s by Theodore Dalrymple, in City Journal for April 22, 2015

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