Musicians in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra have been locked out since June 17 as management proposes massive salary cuts. Despite their supposedly elite status, classical musicians face the same kinds of brutal austerity measures as other workers.
Kate Wagner, an architectural writer and critic, is the creator of the viral blog McMansionHell, which roasts the world’s ugliest houses from top to bottom. She studies the history and theory of architectural acoustics as a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory.
The focus group was invented by a socialist, nurtured by corporate America — and revolutionized the relationship between elites and the masses.
A McMansion is like obscenity: you know it when you see it.