January 26, 2006


Koolhaas's "Delirious New York": not so much a retrospective manifesto for New York as a living testament to Koolhaas's will, a deadpan laying down of K's personality as a grid across New York, delirious in implication, a sort of realist The Age Of Wire And String for the city. It reads like an obsessive small-scale version of Galeano's "Memory of Fire", little episodic apercus, aphorisms, and observations strung together, gridded across the subject by force of will.... A strategic manifesto for Koolhaas, to be sure, but it reads like a dream, and it's a dream to read.


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