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My Excellent House

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Here's the view from my back porch. I have the label on the black maple because I get sick of everyone asking me what kind of tree it is. When I designed the back yard I worried that it was too ostentatious, that the Greco-Roman classicism would have too much of a whiff of This Is Spinal Tap. I wish I could have scaled up a bit -- same concept, but spread over 1000 acres, with free-roaming giant cats (tigers, lions, pumas, etc.) adding some excitement to any casual stroll down a footpath.

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Frontal view of the house. Place desperately needs a moat and drawbridge (to be raised when editors try to give me an assignment). I write in the turret on the left, and, when news breaks, slide down a pole to a cave where my rocket-car is always ready to roll. Every second counts in this business.

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The guest house. Desperately needs renovation and pest control.


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Random photo of James Buchanan (a bonus for all you aficionados of America's 15th president).

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Penguins can fly! (Via Memeorandum.)

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Here's a New Yorker story on the future of newspapers. Or lack thereof. I printed it out to read at lunch. I hope it's not the equivalent of a pink slip.

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Wonderful essay on longevity and disease by Michael Kinsley.

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Hitchens in a rage. Via Drudge.

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 1, 2008; 11:38 AM ET
 
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