Pablo’s Derby Party:
Our esteemed host.
Ben had a projection show last week, and brought Atwater Village to a blank wall in Santa Monica. There are rumors of a print show redux.
The first time someone at the office asked me about my skill-set, I thought it was some kind of mail-order frying pan. Everyone seems to have one but me. The people I work with are human résumés. They are fluent in every computer language, boast degrees in marketing and medieval song. They snowboard on everything but snow. They study esoteric forms of South American combat and go on all-deer diets. Sometimes I’m not even sure what they’re up to, but I know I will read about it one of our city’s vibrant lifestyle journals. It’s easy to detest these people, but they have such energy, such will.
Sam Lipstye, Venus Drive.
De Botton concluded that modern architecture’s problem wasn’t that it was incapable of making people happy, but that most people—especially in Britain—had too few opportunities to experience first-class modern buildings that aren’t museums, offices or airports.
“Unless you own a modern house, you can’t know what it’s like to live in one, because they’re all in private hands.”
Alain de Botton, quoted by Paul Goldberger in the April 11 issue of the New Yorker.