The cover of my review copy of To Forgive Design has a vaguely gustatory theme. The photo on the front shows the inside of an egg carton, with one egg cracked; on the back, there’s an effusive blurb comparing structural engineering to, of all things, dentistry. So it seems somehow appropriate to mention that when I first sat down to read the book, I had just had a severely humiliating experience while trying to eat a sandwich.
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