Issue No.2 September/October 2019

What does it mean to fall in love with a sofa, a painting, a kitchen table or a vase? And how did we value the contents of our homes two hundred years ago? Valerie Andrews shows how the world grows a little kinder when we enter the society of things.

Christian McEwen talks about the guilty pleasures of a new mattress,  why women do more housework than men, and the path from hoarding to forgiveness.

Companies use the Myers-Briggs  test for team building. Sally Keil explains how Jung’s typology plays out at home, shedding light on family relationships.

Frank Beck considers how our songs of youthful wandering give way to the poetry of marriage and belonging.

Advice from a Regency novelist: When  choosing a partner, look carefully at how he keeps his rooms.

“I’ve had many kinds of jobs, but have never considered the level of labor to be the measure of myself (or) placed the security of a job above the value of home.”

Merwin writes about being alone in that empty house, conversations with his parents that were never-ending, and his fondness for the things they left behind.

Melville wrote about sperm whales and harpoons when he was landlocked in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and living in a house of strong-willed women. How can a writer’s desk serve as a creative island?

Wendell Berry says, “Part of manners used to be to say to somebody you just met, Where are you from? I quit asking because so many people say… everywhere and nowhere.”

The paintings in Leo M. Tadek’s home are a memoir of his marriage, his life in Belgium and in Moscow — and also double as a tour of European history.

Mona Molarsky tells how to engage works of art from the idyllic to the political. Our editors weigh in on the way these images can change our lives.

The future depends on our ability to come together in community and change the way we view our homes.

Artist Frances Kidder captures the devastation of the 1874 Mill River flood, yet another story of arrogance and greed.
Green buildings are a growing presence on city skylines, making the temperatures more comfortable and the air easier to breathe.
Our new skyscrapers will head in the opposite direction—down into the oceans like strands of kelp and into the earth like searching roots.

San Francisco playwright and poet Mercilee Jenkins believes that while we move on to other places, the spirit of a house remains.

A tour of haunted houses, why old places matter, storytelling at the hearth, and literary giants trying to solve the problem of homelessness.



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