Jed Perl is the author of the acclaimed New Art City, Magicians and Charlatans, Eyewitness, Antoine's Alphabet, and Gallery Going. He writes a regular column for the New Republic, and his essays have appeared in such magazines as Vogue, Art in America, Harper's, and elsewhere. He is currently writing the first full-length authorized biography of Alexander Calder and resides in New York City.
John Updike (1932-2009) was the author of more than sixty books, including collections of short stories, poems, and criticism. His novels have been honored with two Pulitzer Prize Awards, the National Book Award, and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hugging the Shore, a collection of essays and reviews, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism.
PAUL GOLDBERGER began his career as the executive editor of Architectural Digest. He then worked for twenty-five years at The New York Times, where in 1984 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his architectural criticism. He also has been the architecture critic for The New Yorker since 1997 and in 2004 became Dean of the Parsons School of Design at the New School University in New York City. He is the author of Why Architecture Matters (Yale, 2009), Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York (Random House, 2004), One the Rise: Architecture and Design in a Post-Modern Age (Times Books, 1983), The Skyscraper (Knopf, 1982), and The City Observed?New York: A Guide to the Architecture of Manhattan (Random House, 1979), among others.