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September 19, 2006

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The World in Crosshatch

Among this year’s just-announced MacArthur Fellows is David Macaulay, the author of the great illustrated books “Castle” and “Pyramid” and (most recently) “Mosque.”

Like many other boys inclined towards nerd-dom, I pored over Macaulay’s books as a kid — just absolutely picked the pages apart. I’m sure I didn’t realize at the time what an influence they were having. It’s impossible to spend any time with those books and not come away forever interested in design, architecture, systems, and history — you know, all the good stuff.

Posted September 19, 2006 at 5:53 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Society/Culture


Boys?! girls too! I loved City!

And don't forget The Way Things Work. Never before or since has there been a better explanation of the importance of mammoths in all modern technology.

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