“Who is the woman in the picture behind Matt Lewis?”
This is the question I get more than any other after I appear on cable news shows like Morning Joe, or a popular YouTube video.
To answer your question, the poster of the woman smoking is one of my favorite writers, Joan Didion.
One great thing about having a home studio is that you can decorate your backdrop and personalize it a bit. Sometimes, for example, I will have a sign about my alma mater, a Father’s Day gift from one of my sons, or a Baltimore Orioles baseball cap.
I think this is a really fun development (thanks to the proliferation of technology like Zoom). My guess is that more commentators will start adding personal touches to their backdrops in the future.