The 2000 Onion article “Area Man Constantly Mentioning He Doesn’t Own a Television” captures a familiar trope from that era, complete with the perfect protagonist: a goateed Chapel Hill resident who works at a frame shop and wears all black. The joke feels anachronistic now: The…
Here’s the top comment on the YouTube video for “Heaven or Las Vegas” by the Cocteau Twins: “The vibe of this song makes me feel like I’m a high school…
On July 13, 2011—ten years ago yesterday—I moved to New York City. I arrived, parallel parked the U-Haul I had driven down from Boston, carried all my …
I don’t really play video games anymore but I’ve become increasingly fascinated by speedrunning in recent years. A speedrun, if you’re not familiar, is…
Sean Monahan (who has a great newsletter) recently wrote an essay about what he calls the “Tinderization of the internet,” describing a sea change he h…
Two decades ago, before social media existed, Zygmunt Bauman articulated a perfect description of how it would soon shape our behavior and frame our re…
Kevin Roose published a piece in the New York Times this week about the waning of what he calls the “millennial lifestyle subsidy,” an arrangement that…
In the early 1940s, essayist Joseph Mitchell spent more than a year in pursuit of an eccentric New York character named Joe Gould, “a blithe and emacia…
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