OK Andrew, let’s talk miniature dollhouses

December 1, 2010, 8:14 PM UTC

It’s almost impossible to open up my browser right now without reading something about Google’s expected acquisition of VC-backed discount site Groupon.

Conventional wisdom now has the company going for between $5 billion and $6 billion, but Groupon itself isn’t talking.

Well, that’s not completely accurate. Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason did respond to a request from the N.Y. Times, saying that he would agree to an interview “only if you want to talk about my other passion, building miniature dollhouses.”

It looks like NYT took the hint, but I figured it was worth a follow-up. After all, one of the appeals of joining Fortune was the ability to broaden my subject matter a bit.

So I e-mailed Mason to chat miniature dollhouses, knowing full well that there is virtually no chance that his comment was anything other than sardonic.

No reply yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know if that changes …