In varying the scope of his reflections—from the detail of the light switch to the suspended temporality of a city’s electrified streets—Isenstadt engages readers on a compelling journey at the intersection of society, culture, and technology. Rather than deploying aesthetic categories, Isenstadt focuses on new visual habits—The Architect’s Newspaper—
Isenstadt’s book explores an understudied field, making valuable contributions and connections between studies of science, technology, and society (STS) as well as art and architectural history. The book is also written in a sophisticated yet accessible manner for readers who simply want to expand their horizon.
—The Journal of Architectural Education
Isenstadt has created a work that is every bit as bright and kaleidoscopic as the Great White Way he describes with such relish. His prose is always provocative and punchy, whether he is describing the invention of the light switch or evoking Martin Heidegger, James Joyce, and Marcel Proust.
—Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians