Lewis Mumford

The Corruption of Liberalism
October 02, 2014

The defining political essay of pre-World War II America.

Herman Melville Got No Respect
November 14, 2013

"Call me Ishmael," the first sentence in Herman Melville's Moby Dick, is one of the most recognized opening lines in American literature. It's ascendency into not just literary, but cultural notoriety, began 162 years today, with the first publication of Melville's story of the white whale.

From the Stacks: “The Significance of Herman Melville”
August 01, 2013

Herman Melville, the celebrated author behind Moby-Dick, would have been 194 today. In his honor, we bring you an essay by Lewis Mumford—a legend in his own right—on Melville's philosophy and outlook. 

Towards a Rational Modernism
April 25, 1928

Is there some fundamental canon of judgment which will give modernism in design a firm base to stand on? If such a base is lacking, we will only subst

Modernist Furniture
March 20, 1928

The exhibition of modern French decorative art at Lord and Taylor’s has breadth, sweep, élan. The space has been generously disposed: the furniture an

Magnified Impotence
December 21, 1926

When a comic history of American architecture comes to be written many of our new skyscrapers will have a prominent place. Their windy grandeur will b

The Guild of St. Luke
August 08, 1923

Van Gogh was not merely a painter of tremendous force and originality; he was above all things a man who thought and suffered.