Entries by Charles Holden

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Few would dispute the claim of "War and Peace" to be regarded as the greatest novel in any language. This massive chronicle, to which Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) devoted five whole years shortly after his marriage, portrays Russian family life during and after the Napoleonic war. Tolstoy's faith in life and his piercing insight lend universality […]

North Carolina Architecture by Catherine Bishir

North Carolina Architecture Catherine Bishir portrays the wide range of architectural heritage from colonial times to the beginning of World War II. North Carolina Architecture addresses the grand public and private buildings that have become familiar landmarks, but it also focuses on the quieter beauty of more common structures: farmhouses, barns, urban dwellings, log houses, mills, factories, […]

Forgetting Room, Nick Bantock

Forgetting Room, Nick Bantock.  The author of the hugely successful Griffin and Sabine trilogy presents a richly illustrated novel chronicling a discontented man's search for the meaning of the inheritance left him by his grandfather, an artist. <Purchase>  

Le Corbusier

"Space and light and order. Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep."  > Le Corbusier

Philip Johnson

"All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space." - Philip Johnson

Garcia Lorca, Theory and Play Of The Duende

"Goethe, who in speaking of Paganini hit on a definition of the duende: 'A mysterious force that everyone feels and no philosopher has explained.' So, then, the duende is a force not a labour, a struggle not a thought. I heard an old maestro of the guitar say: 'The duende is not in the throat: […]