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Blog Review: McMansion Hell

April 19, 2017

Blog Recommendation by Ted Gentry

Works don’t have to be pretentious to be profound, and they don’t have to be utterly earnest to have an impact.  Having a good laugh is often reason enough to read something, but humor is better when it is infused with a message.  A reader might find the way to the blog McMansion Hell (www.mcmansionhell.com) because it delivers a laugh, but linger because the blog delivers a lot to think about.

McMansion Hell has grown rapidly from humble roots.  A graduate student in acoustics at Johns Hopkins, Kate Wagner, started the blog as a vehicle to share her passionate distaste for bad residential architecture with a few friends.  But her keen eye and snarky style have obviously struck a chord.  McMansion Hell has a following that grows by the day, and Ms. Wagner has given a TEDx talk and is in discussions for a book deal. 

McMansion Hell’s take-no-prisoners critiques may not be for everyone (“Hello art dealer? I need the most boring Toulouse-Lautrec print you have.  If it’s beige you’ll get a nice tip.”), and readers who don’t spend a lot of time on social media ...

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