Interviews with architects from The Believer
“Her arresting face adorns postage stamps. Her name lends class to luxury condominiums. Her works are sold in subway vending machines.”
Blind pigs and blind tigers
The term “blind pig” (or “blind tiger”) originated in the United States in the nineteenth century; it was applied to lower-class establishments that sold alcoholic beverages illegally. The operator of an establishment (such as a saloon or bar) would charge customers to see an attraction (such as an animal) and then serve a “complimentary” alcoholic beverage, thus circumventing the law.
“Our money, which had come from selling my car, ran out so quickly that it was as if someone had put a curse on it …”
— John Jeremiah Sullivan, “Ghost Estates”
“I sought trains; I found passengers.”
— Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar