Bloomberg's New York; an Instruction Manual for Life; Ben Zimmer on the word "Bubble"; Architecture Critic Rowan Moore

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg speaks after the shooting of an NYPD Officer. (Spencer T Tucker)

As the race for Mayor heats up, The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta looks back at 12 years of Michael Bloomberg and his legacy. Tom Shadyac, the director of the films “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “Patch Adams,” explains how a brush with death made him change the way he lives his life. Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer on the word “bubble” and how it’s used on Wall Street. Rowan Moore, architecture critic for The Observer, talks about how our emotions are the most powerful force behind the design of buildings.

Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy

New Yorker writer Ken Auletta evaluates Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy as he prepares to leave office after 12 years running New York. Auletta looks back on how Bloomberg has shaped the city and influenced politics.

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Tom Shadyac's Life's Operating Manual

Tom Shadyac, the director behind the hit movies "Ace Venture: Pet Detective"; "The Nutty Professor"; "Liar, Liar"; "Patch Adams"; and "Bruce Almighty," talks about how a brush with death made him change the way he sees the world. His book Life’s Operating Manual: With the Fear and Truth Dialogues is s a series of essays and dialogues that look at the way we should live our lives.

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Language Columnist Ben Zimmer on "Bubble"

Ben Zimmer, executive producer of and the Visual Thesaurus, and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, discusses the use of the word “bubble” in the financial sense.

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Power and Desire in Architecture

Rowan Moore, former director of the Architecture Foundation, the architecture critic for The Observer, argues that hope, power, sex, and our changing relationship to the idea of home are the most powerful forces behind architecture. In Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture, he looks at notable projects, including the High Line, the island experiment of Dubai, the Covent Garden brothels of 18th-century London, and Daniel Libeskind’s failed design for the World Trade Center site.

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