One of the most illuminating television scenes ever filmed—a perfect analogy for the contemporary texture of reality—occurs in Season 4 of The Office, …
I went to the US Open last week, a fun end-of-summer New York ritual that felt especially exciting after last year’s hiatus. Like any other live sporti…
An important ritual throughout my youth was inspecting someone’s music collection the first time you visited their house or rode in their car and using…
Last week I wrote a piece for Real Life about the tech industry’s disinterest in fashion and its broader rejection of public space and the idea of a co…
Tse Wei Lim has a good newsletter about food, restaurants, and their economics—“food in the context of food systems,” as he describes it. His most rece…
I tweeted the other day that “there’s too much internet now” and blamed it on the pandemic. Have you felt that way lately? Regardless of whether the vi…
I’m reading John Stilgoe’s book Common Landscape of America, 1580-1845, an incredible book with a hilariously boring-sounding title that is much less d…
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 …
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…