Professor Weiss has mastered new levels of obfuscation with his absurd and excruciating academic prose. And he wins the 1998 Academic Cliché Award for wanton overuse of the word "paradigm." There may well be some impressive erudition behind all this pedantic hoo-ha, God knows he quotes everyone from the Renaissance forward, unfortunately the reader has to confront an almost impenetrable barrier of garbled literary theory presented here as scholarly thinking. E.g., a random quotation from the text: "Consideration of cuisine holds surprising revelations for the history of landscape architecture...Provocative as this statement might be, this assimilation of cuisine to architecture nevertheless only confuses the issue, obfuscating the material specificity of cuisine and delaying its aesthetic liberation." As one of the reviewers on the back cover of the book says, this book is "almost hallucinatory."