Peter Conrad


Peter Conrad Quotes

  • ''All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it—an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains, or what passes through it; a point of view.''
    Peter Conrad (b. 1948), Australian critic, author. Independent on Sunday (London, March 11, 1990). Said of New York.
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  • ''Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death.''
    Peter Conrad (b. 1948), Australian critic, author. "In the Family," pt. 6, Down Under: Revisiting Tasmania (1988).
  • ''The camera is a killing chamber, which speeds up the time it claims to be conserving. Like coffins exhumed and prised open, the photographs put on show what we were and what we will be again.''
    Peter Conrad (b. 1948), Australian critic, author. "Seeing Tasmania," pt. 5, Down Home: Revisiting Tasmania (1988).
  • ''The historian's job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.''
    Peter Conrad (b. 1948), Australian critic, author. The Art of the City, ch. 1 (1984).
  • ''New York is more now than the sum of its people and buildings. It makes sense only as a mechanical intelligence, a transporter system for the daily absorbing and nightly redeploying of the human multitudes whose services it requires.''
    Peter Conrad (b. 1948), Australian critic, author. The Art of the City, ch. 13 (1984).

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