Kunstler, James Howard Home from Nowhere
New York, 1996
Simon & Schuster
This results in a house that is built like a television set. Only the front matters, and it only matters insofar as it can broadcast some cartoonish image of what we want others to think about it—for instance, that it vaguely conjures up Scarlett O’Hara’s plantation house, or William Shakespeare’s birthplace. The windowless sides of the building are of no consequence. Often the sides are clad in a cheaper material than the front, and the completely incompatible with it.
Around here, you get harlequin bricks on the front and yellow vinyl “clapboards” on the side. And, of course, the rear is where the plug comes out, so to speak. The rear of such a subdivision house is usually a hodgepodge of ventilation caps and weirdly shaped windows that have no relation to anything but the interior position of master beds, hot tubs, and kitchen sinks. That’s where the odd-shaped windows go, the little octagons from Home Depot.