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…
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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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January 2023

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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December 2022

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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November 2022

Back in 2020, when we were all logging 15 hours of screen time per day (you were too, right?), trying to come to grips with the internet’s sudden role…
I still feel silly calling Facebook by its new name, but Meta mostly ends up in the news for bad reasons these days, the same way it did before…
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Artist James Turrell recently released a fragrance collection in collaboration with French glassmaker Lalique, expanding his work with light and…
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October 2022

I recently published a short essay in the Dirt newsletter about how using the internet is becoming more like watching TV, with TikTok as the main vector…
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