The other day in the Union Square Barnes and Noble I skimmed a good portion of the architect and critic Michael Sorkin’s new book, Twenty Minutes in Manhattan. It’s a quick read, but energetic and enjoyable — a memoir of his morning commute from his West Village walk-up to his TriBeCa studio, seen through the detail-oriented eye of someone who knows how to read buildings and neighborhoods, day-by-day and decade-by-decade.
ArtForum recently published a quickie interview with Sorkin by the critic Brian Sholis (also available on Brian Sholis’s personal blog, which I’ve long enjoyed). It begins this way:
The idea for the book came about fifteen years ago. Walks are
contemplative times and spaces, and going over the same territory day
after day gave me the opportunity to see things over the relatively longue dur