Balancing function, economy, and luxury
by Gordon F. Tully
No element in a house is harder to
deal with than the bathroom. How
private should a bathroom be? How
many are needed in a house? What
types of fixtures should one choose,
and how should they be arranged?
How small can a bathroom be and
still work well?
These issues are clearly and wittily
discussed in a remarkable book called
The Bathroom, written by Alexander
Kira in 1966 and revised in 1976,
and published in paperback by Viking.
The book also deals with more
general issues: how we feel about
elimination, sex, and grooming (and
where these ideas come from), how
our bodies actually work, and what