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Time articles

The New York Times articles

The New Yorker articles

New York articles

Vanity Fair articles

Spy article

pieces elsewhere

Studio  360 commentaries

I WENT TO WORK for Time in 1981 and wrote about politics, criminal justice, and culture. Around 1985 I became the magazine’s architecture and design critic – and although I left the magazine in 1986 to co-found Spy, I stayed in the architecture-and-design slot as a contributor through 1992. And in 1993 I returned to Time for one year to write a column called “Spectator,” as well as some cover stories.

Not counting my third-grade Thanksgiving essay on God and oxygen and freedom that the Omaha World-Herald printed, my first published, paid article was for the New York Times’ s Travel section, about a cross-country hitchhiking trip, at age 17. Since then I’ve written more for the Times —  Op-Eds, reviews and essays for the Sunday Book Review,   pieces for the Magazine.

During the late  1990s I was a staff writer for The New Yorker , where I contributed a regular column called “The Culture Industry” as well as longer pieces.

On my radio show, Studio 360, I sometimes deliver three- or four-minute commentaries, which are better heard than read.

From 2005 to 2008 I wrote a  column for New York called “The Imperial City,” and now I contribute to Vanity Fair.

In addition, I’ve written for Architectural Record, The Atlantic Monthly, Metropolis, Rolling Stone and Slate, among other publications.