Monday, February 18, 2008

House Lust, by Daniel McGinn

Fantastic book about the insanity that has made shows like "House Hunters" block busters and about how competitive consumption crossed with a twisted interpretation of the "American Dream" has led to people buying and obsessively remodeling and furnishing larger and larger houses.

This book was fun to read, gave pause for thought, and included one of my all time favorite bits of trivia, about Robert Toll of the infamous Toll Brothers building group, known for their monstrous and fugly McMansions.

"Despite a net worth that's measured in the hundreds of millions of dollars, company founder Robert Toll lives in a 1750 farmhuose with bedrooms that are smaller than the master bathrooms of the homes his company builds." (p. 34)

Hah! Delightful.

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