A Glimpse Into the Private Life of Jacob Weisberg

Weisberg works out column ideas with furry friends: "We look different, but we have lots in common." Photo: jed Egan, Photos: WSJ Magazine, PatrickMcMullan

“I am not even going to venture a guess as to why — other than to say that people like cute things and animals are cute — it is so nice to have a small creature in figurine form in your house. A funny stuffed animal on a nicely made bed, a white porcelain monkey on your dining table, a painted Staffordshire dog in your bookshelf or a big gold piggy bank on your mantel. Don't question me here, just pick up a nice, inanimate pet along your journeys, bring it home and see how you feel.” —From The Perfectly Imperfect Home, by Deborah Needleman, editor-in-chief of WSJ Magazine and spouse of Slate editor and In Defense of Government author Jacob Weisberg.

Previously: The Private Life of Jacob Weisburg