Dinner in French!

Melissa Clark and I were in Toronto over the weekend, eating marvelous fried ocean smelts among about a thousand other things at Brothers on Bay Street, before taking the stage at the Hot Docs festival with the reporter and critic Chris Nuttall-Smith to talk about Melissa’s new book, “Dinner in French.” (We also talked about…

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Will That Be One Gable or Two?

This article is part of our latest Design special section, which is about getting personal with customization. In architecture, the tension between freedom and restrictions animates the best work. We wonder how a building by, say, Frank Gehry can stand up, given the striking twists and turns of its form. No matter how visually striking,…

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The King of D.I.Y. Dwellings

BOLINAS, Calif. — Self-sufficiency is like perfection, said Lloyd Kahn, the guru of guerrilla architecture and dean of all things D.I.Y. “You never quite get there, but you’re moving toward it all the time.” On this late February morning, the chickens had been fed, the sourdough loaves baked and left cooling on a rack. The…

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