I had the incredible pleasure of spending a day at home with Wendy Burden, author of the forthcoming book, “Dead End Gene Pool.” The assignment was for the Homes and Gardens section of the New York Times and the story was just posted this afternoon on the Times’ web site. We spent the day photographing her amazing collections of ephemera, her arrangements of said objects and, of course, her. There is an online web gallery of the photographs on the New York Times’ web site which you can see here. The book is scheduled to be released April 1st and promises to be a fantastic read. It’s a witty memoir about growing up in luxurious surroundings but in a deeply dysfunctional family. She is an absolutely lovely woman and I’m looking forward to reading the book. I’ve pre-ordered it from Amazon and am sad that I won’t be in town for her reading at Powell’s (downtown Portland) on Thursday April 15th.