Day tripping at a mega-mall

January 25, 2008 | Original NSS

To continue today’s American pop-culture theme…Check out this brilliantly funny article by Joe Queenan in today’s New York Times about the Palisades Center, the enormous mall in West Nyack, N.Y. I’ve been in this mall twice (in one day) back when I was hawking my first book and did a speaking gig at Barnes & Noble there. Many of my readers hail from the Rockland County region, or are at least within driving range, so  I thought you all would appreciate this story. But even if you couldn’t care less about this mall or any mall, this story is a great piece of writing. Here’s a snippet to whet your appetite:

“The Brutalist exterior conveys the impression that some senescent, unemployed Eastern Bloc architect was summoned to the developer’s office and threatened with severe reprisals against his family if he dared to introduce a single visual nuance suggesting that someone had actually designed the building. The visible trash gondolas that greet visitors when they enter the I-287 side do not help.”

Don’t worry. He likes it in the end. Check it out here.

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