Selected Works

Books
Humanity remaking itself through technology
The self-cancelling, self-frustrating side of human ingenuity, and what to do about it.
Magazine Articles
A review of James R. Chiles, Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Technology in Harvard Magazine
How sitting customs have affected the human body
Are big structures harbingers of decline?
Harvard's debt to the shoe industry
The Harvard Society of Fellows, a history and personal appreciation
Books/Essays
The U.S. military-industrial complex's surprising debt to France.

The Life of Chairs

Chairs are in many experts' view unhealthy, yet they have been displacing other seating customs around the world. That is partly because well-being and comfort have been less important than image and self-concept, even in the high modernism of the twentieth century.