Among Glenn O’Brien’s many incisive aphorisms, his assertion that “parties are work” has always stuck with me. O’Brien claimed to have learned this from Andy Warhol: “When Warhol turned to me at a party and said, ‘This is such hard work!’ it struck a nerve.” I’ve never doubted…
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With AI discourse proliferating as wildly as the output of the technology itself, I find myself wondering about the historical ratio of content to…
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Paul Fussell’s 1983 book Class: A Guide Through the American Status System is a caustic examination of a topic that Americans supposedly don’t think…
I started 2023 in a way that feels appropriate for the current climate, heading to JFK at 4pm on New Year’s Eve, boarding a plane at 6, and ringing in…
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In the spring of 2020, when there wasn’t much else happening, I took a long walk through Greenpoint's industrial fringe, eventually wandering down a…
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This is officially “last post of the year” week, which for many of us means recapping the preceding 12 months, teasing out the dominant narratives…
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The editors of n+1 recently published an essay asking why everything in today’s urban environment is so ugly, via a fictional ramble around a…
Despite the popularity of analogies comparing social networks to casinos, the best metaphor for our current cultural anomie, or at least the part that’s…
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