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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Really!?!

They made a book about this building?

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[US Pavilion, rendering | image source]

The USA Pavilion Expo 2010 Shanghai: Rising to the Challenge "captures the thrilling experiences inside America's great hall," what it further calls "one of the top experiences at the Shanghai Expo."

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I'm more wont to side with the "Innovation Consultant ... intimately involved with the contorted process that resulted in the current USA Pavilion" who, in his one-star review, basically reveals the book, like the pavilion, to be propaganda. This certainly isn't a surprise, given that the architecture surely doesn't merit a book-length study, leaving it to be a commemorative book painting as rosy a picture as possible. But don't most participating countries do the same, to a lesser degree perhaps, with their pavilions and exhibitions? This is a case of the platitudes extending into book form for those who weren't one of the "lucky five million or so of [the 70 milliono] fair-goers" to experience "the spirit of America and the splendor of an epic showcase."

2 comments:

  1. The "editor," one Frank Lavin, had Karl Rove as the best man at his wedding!

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  2. As the reviewer who could barely spare a star for this book, I have this to say to the publishers: "I'm sorry. It's a recession. We just don't have stars to go around. You have $100 MM in tax-deductible contributions. Go buy more stars. Heaven knows, you've tried...but try harder!"

    PS David Whitehill, can you get in touch with me? bluefire@well.com

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