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May 31, 2011

Meghan’s Pad and the Double Dip

Meghan McCain s apartment

Yesterday, I tweeted a thumbs up to the NYT Public Editor for calling out the paper (if delicately) for confusing their mission with that of Perez Hilton. Not like there aren’t enough examples of this every week, but….

What caught my eye was the particular timing of this photo and feature in Sunday’s NYT Magazine. Besides still more gratuitous pursuit of celebrity culture (even pointing to famous dad as stepping stone), the fact the photo, article and sub-head so specifically highlight Meghan McCain as a “real estate showoff” seems remarkably ironic given the demoralizing announcement today that the American housing market has now officially fallen into a “double dip” recession. Apologies to all those kids moving back into Mom and Dad’s.

(And then, she’s dissing the place, besides.)

  • tinwoman

    Over 1,000 square feet and obviously professionally cleaned….ah, for such a space….

  • Michael Shaw

    Wish I could see larger version. Meghan keeps writing about her skull collection. There might be two there.  Also, elephant collection. The one between chairs seems placed for the photo shoot.  Anyone else notice other choice items. Is that a bar?

  • Glen

    What a cold, sterile place to live. It looks like a furnished long-term business hotel suite. (See counter w/ sink, faucet and mini-fridge).

    Surely that is not her own personal decorative style? A young woman her age, it’s surprising to see nothing soft or feminine, comforting. Nothing personal except the “M” – even the framed photos seem generic. Nothing says “welcome” or “sit down together” – the only comfortable seating in the room is turned away from the focus.

    All that flimsy steel legs and support frames for each piece of furniture – feels unstable, unsubstantial. The steel railing to the side probably opens onto a lower space with windows, but with no windows in the frame, this feels like a pen, or an enclosure.

    Just random visual impressions – but if she is “showing off” something, it is a pretty sad, drab, and lifeless thing.

    • Michael Shaw

      Nice read. It’s so monochromatic too. The fact she poses at the desk
      looking at her machine also drives home the anonymity of the space.
      Maybe the headline is telling also: “pad” as in crash pad. But then,
      her father, for all his houses — he didn’t know how many when asked
      in ‘08 (cuz Cindy bought them), and his most real one, his DC
      apartment — isn’t anchored to place, either, except the road! So
      maybe the “Hilton Suites” design sadly does make MM feel at home.

  • AC Missias

    well, I’ll bet it’s not that tidy everyday — the empty desk and her stiff pose (despite the shoes-off touch) emphasize that this is a staged glimpse of her life, with most of it occurring off-camera . . .

  • Gasho

    I think this is a joke.  Really.  I think she’s posing in an Ikea store.  NOTHING in this is personalized at all.  If you could zoom in on the photos in the frames… they aren’t of Papa McCain.. they’re generic.

    And.. uh, 1,100 square feet ain’t nothing special.. one way OR the other.  Blah. Eh.  Whatever.

    • Michael Shaw

      I know the whole story is pretty idiotic, but your comments lead to an interesting point, to me at least, about banality.

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