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Opinion

CARLO ROTELLA

Pursuing the essence of dwelling and ‘the soul of shelter’

Home life

How do we dwell, in the fullest sense of the word, in our homes? What does the freestanding house, which Americans have elevated to near-sacred status, mean to us? The literature on this subject goes back a long way, but it’s been booming of late.

A growing shelf of books try to explain the central role that housing played in the recent near-collapse of the economy: “The Great Housing Bubble,” “The Great American Housing Bubble,” “The Housing Boom and Bust,” “Behind the Housing Crash,” “Subprime Nation,” “The Big Short,” “Plunder and Blunder,” and many more.

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