Shelter: See How the Other Eight Million Live

Shelter 1997, revisited

Their current dog, Milo, who is named for the protagonist in Sam's most recent novel, The Ask, has more beds around the house than Hugh Hefner—like the one upstairs in the living room, the one in their bedroom, and the one in Bob's office that's decorated with mementos of his extensive writing career: a photo of him and his breakthrough subject Muhammad Ali, a bound galley of his upcoming HarperCollins memoir An Accidental Sportswriter, a 1988–89 Emmy for The Eleventh Hour, a nightly public-affairs show he hosted on local PBS affiliate WNET. There's also a photo of Ronald Reagan at a podium; a much younger Sam sits in the foreground. Nearby, tacked to a corkboard by Bob's computer, are the phrases "THAT'S YOUR CAPE," "IGNORE THE WIND," and "MIND YOUR BUSINESS." Oh.

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The family bookshelf featuring (left to right): Sam Lipsyte's The Ask; Robert Lipsyte's upcoming memoir An Accidental Sportswriter; From the Hips a pregnancy guide co-authored by Sam's wife Ceridwen Morris; and Lois Morris's Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride From Mao to the Met. Bonus (above): Batman and Robin from grandson Alfred. More photos from their Gramercy home here.
photo by Paul Quitoriano
The family bookshelf featuring (left to right): Sam Lipsyte's The Ask; Robert Lipsyte's upcoming memoir An Accidental Sportswriter; From the Hips a pregnancy guide co-authored by Sam's wife Ceridwen Morris; and Lois Morris's Along the Roaring River: My Wild Ride From Mao to the Met. Bonus (above): Batman and Robin from grandson Alfred. More photos from their Gramercy home here.

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