I’ve refrained from commenting on the whole Jonah Lehrer thing. I had limited interaction with him when I was at ScienceBlogs, so I don’t have any definite impressions of Lehrer. Nonetheless, we note, by way of Alexandra Witze, this 2010 housing purchase:
The Hollywood Hills residence and studio of the late iconic photographer Julius Shulman has sold for $2.25 million.
The Midcentury Modern steel-frame house, built in 1950 and designed by Raphael S. Soriano, is a Los Angeles historic landmark. The 3,382-square-foot house sits on a wooded, flag-shaped lot of nearly an acre. It has original fixtures, cork-paneled entryway and hall, wood-paneled walls and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace in the living room. Pedestal beds, china cabinets and a bench in the kitchen are among the built-ins. The studio includes a fireplace, bedroom and bathroom for a total of four bedrooms and three bathrooms on the property. There are canyon, mountain and city views.
Now meet the new owner:
The buyer is bestselling author and lecturer Jonah Lehrer. His book “How We Decide” has been translated into a dozen languages.
The writer has an affinity for classic design. He plans to live in the house and keep it as it was during Shulman’s tenure. Representatives for Lehrer said he will use the studio to write and will leave the darkroom intact.
Samuel Heller, Shulman’s nephew and the listing agent from Re/Max Valencia, gave the new owner the photographer’s desk.
Pretty good for a fiction writer.
Mind you, I made peace a long time ago with the idea that I wasn’t going to become wealthy by being a scientist, but I follow or know personally many science writers, and they play it straight and honest. Doing so usually hasn’t led to $2.5 million houses.
That’s what has pissed me off about the whole affair.