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Behold the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum of Art at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Wait…. Is that the museum or the dumpster behind the Museum?
Oh, okay, it’s the Museum. Designed by the late Zaha Hadid. Her firm styles the job thusly:

This dialogue of interconnecting geometries describes a series of spaces that offer a variety of adjacencies; allowing many different interpretations when designing exhibitions. Through this complexity, curators can interpret different leads and connections, different perspectives and relationships.

Well, since you put it that way… of course! Says it all! Adjacency! Complexity! Perspectives!
They also aver to the “the vitality of street life” generated by this new addition to the campus.
Okay… if you say so. (Did they mean plant life?)

Thanks to Bruce Bills for the nomination !

Below, some of the “artwork” featured lately:



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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. jeff2002 October 3, 2019 at 10:36 am #

    On the plus side, the building should be invisible to radar at least.

    As for the ghastly interiors, they remind me of my one (and only) visit to MOMA in New York: I walked into one empty white-walled room with flickering lights and mumbled, “What’s the name of THIS exhibit, ‘Lights Blinking On and Off’?” And sure enough, it was.

  2. par4 October 3, 2019 at 2:52 pm #

    Don’t take the brown acid.

  3. Brutus October 4, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    Does the building have a doorway or entrance? It must be adjacent to something …

  4. Peter VE October 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm #

    It looks like a cousin of the Granoff Center at Brown University, generally referred to as the Broken Acordian. So I thought the guilty party would have been Dildo, Renfield & Scrofulous, who did both the Granoff and Broad in LA. Surprise! October is the time of year to reflect on the undead, however, so Ms. Hadid has returned to haunt us despite her eviction from Tokyo.

  5. mow October 4, 2019 at 3:14 pm #

    unflushed toilets look better

  6. smoothtom October 4, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

    Oh, it’s the art critic, Jim Fucking Kunstler. I suppose anything more complex than a Kincaid or a John McNaughton isn’t art in your eyes. Asshole.

  7. tucsonspur October 5, 2019 at 5:58 pm #

    What am I looking at, an armored vehicle ready to assault one’s aesthetic sense, a new AAAV, a new ‘anti-art assault vehicle’? The asynchronous, awkward angularity can be quite alarming.

    One couldn’t be blamed for thinking it the wreckage of a B-52 Stratofortress, since the sign isn’t visible, the sign that says, “Scrap Metal Sold Here.”

    But I must confess that it has a certain charm, the architect perhaps remembering old tin roofs and going for that inimitable ‘corrugated cachet’ look.

    I’m quite disappointed though, in the exhibits themselves. That climbing, hanging? elephant is something to talk about, but there’s no elephant dung, urine, or shrunken heads of ivory poachers.

    Whatever the second exhibit represents, it’s unravelling, and as for the third, I just can’t help but look down upon it.

    Oh well, you can’t have everything. ‘Ars Gratia Artis’?

  8. JCalvertNUK October 11, 2019 at 8:12 am #

    Like a Jawa sand crawler, without the rust, but not as impressive.

  9. HowardBeale October 11, 2019 at 9:27 am #

    It looks like something that is about to fall on a squirrel.

  10. My Point of View October 14, 2019 at 2:04 pm #

    Damned thing looks like cooling fins on a lawn mower engine.

    The elephant lynching and melting people are grotesque.

    The elephant aspect is historical, per this old event.

  11. Zarko Straadi October 15, 2019 at 8:57 pm #

    It’s another alien drop-ship from the August invasion. This time they’re using psychic warfare by torturing elephants and unleashing armies of red melting-crayon zombies.

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