Joe Mitchell’s Secret: This story points out something that’s always bothered me about profile writing. Real people are made into objects — their stories are told not for their own sake but to further the writer’s point about something larger. Sometimes the real essence of the people gets lost in the process. By Clay Risen in the Morning News. Also: Clay starts working in his garden in D.C. I wish I had a garden. And, you know, a townhouse in the city to go along with it. Shayna actually has both… she planted pansies over the weekend. Actually, she’s not completely sure that they’re pansies. But whichever.