Greg Johnson has an insightful article on the perils of the “fake it till you make it” lifestyle. I am reminded of the 1980s and 1990s, watching the “McMansions” being built in California (on what had previously been farmland), and the feeling I had that they were in fact a kind of “blight” on the landscape, somehow linked to the blight of inner cities. I don’t feel the same way about large homes built in previous times, of more substantial and carefully constructed materials. But it was obvious–even from a distance–that many McMansions were built of cheap materials to look ostentatious. That was disturbing.
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