Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in 1980, it is comprised of a series of angular whitewashed stone structures, including a tower, set in a rolling field overlooking the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its main space is a soaring 80-foot-long great room with huge windows, including one that doubles as a 12-foot-high square door, opening out onto the countryside.
Dominating the room is a massive, mesmerizing yellow Rothko, perhaps the largest he ever painted. A long Shaker bench sits just in front of it, almost touching. Simple limed oak cabinets line the rest of the room. Within these lie 3,500 rare historical manuscripts and books, some dating from the 15th century, and 10,000 modern reference works, items Bunny began collecting decades ago.
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The idea is that lots and lots of people haveabout that level of knowledge about most of what happens in politics. It’s just background noise. We, the people who write and readpolitical blogs, and watch debates, and pay attention to politics evenin the off season –we’re the minority.
A few hours after he arrived in Australia, the Oxford-trained, Harvard-based economic historian and renowned public intellectual Niall Ferguson declared that the Australian election campaign reminded him of a local government election in the Scotland of his youth.
He was, he said, stunned by its parochial nature, its surfeit of empty rhetoric and mindless spin. He was particularly scathing of the debate over a big or small Australia and about the use of the term “sustainability”, which he declared a deliberate piece of meaningless obfuscation.
Ferguson, in Australia to give a series of lectures, is a media star in the US and Britain and is clearly not backward in coming forward with his views. If it took him only a moment or two to conclude that this Australian election campaign was a farce, he was not going to bite his tongue in case he was seen as lacking basic visitor politeness.
This view of Ferguson’s about the standard of the Australian election campaign was formed before the concern about Julia Gillard’s earlobes – were they too big and, if so, was that important? – became a campaign issue. Also an issue, raised by journalists at a Gillard doorstop, was whether she would consider a prime ministerial wedding to avoid becoming the first Australian prime minister to live in the Lodge in a de-facto relationship.