Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fallen Glory by James Crawford

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti talks to James Crawford about the book:
There is no question that we invest our greatest structures and constructions with personalities. We care about buildings – some- times, perhaps, more than we care about our fellow human beings. We shout with joy when we raise them up; we weep with sorrow when we destroy them. And, of course, we do continue to destroy them – buildings young and old, all over the world.
Even the longest human life barely exceeds a century. How much more epic are the lives of buildings, which can endure for thousands of years? Unlike the people who made them, these structures experience not just one major historical event, but a great accumulation of them, in some cases stretching all the way from the prehistoric era to the present day. In its lifetime, the same building can meet Julius Caesar, Napoleon and Adolf Hitler. What human could claim the same? If we let them, buildings have the potential to be the ultimate raconteurs. These are some of their stories.
Read entire article here @ Here & Now (note: I especially liked his view on GeoCities - former free website hosting site)
Review by Robert Douglas Fairhurst @ The Telegraph
Review by Stuart Kelly @ The Scotsman

No comments:

Post a Comment