A few years ago a friend and I were hanging out and decided we should both try posting something to Instagram that would get zero likes (or as few like…
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NEOM Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia made a cryptic announcement about a new project called The Line, which turned out to be something quite strange: …
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Last week I linked to this piece by Molly Fischer about the “Millennial aesthetic” (published in March 2020 but new to me). You can probably conjure an…
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Adam Tooze’s book about the 2008 financial crash, Crashed, provides a thorough investigation of its causes and effects, paying particular attention to …
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One year ago, a new decade had just begun, and for the first time ever I felt the urge to make predictions about the future. Fortunately, I only got ha…
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I was going to start this newsletter off by saying “happy new year,” but yesterday’s events felt like the cutoff for expressing that sentiment. Anyway,…
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In last Friday’s newsletter I linked to Chenoe Hart’s excellent Twitter thread of observations about the suburban landscape, which I’ll recommend again…
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As this year limps across the finish line, it’s a perfect time to revisit one of my favorite quotes, from cybernetics pioneer Norbert Wiener: “There ar…
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Venkatesh Rao wrote a short blog post last year about the perennially circulating idea that the United States is gradually becoming a third-world count…
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In April of last year, as the final season of “Game of Thrones” approached its finale and “Avengers: Endgame” had just arrived in theaters, critic Matt…
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Here’s a pandemic sentiment that I find relatable: Among the many, many enjoyable activities that are currently off limits or only possible as an uncom…
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A few weeks ago, Kyle Chayka wrote an essay about the Netflix show “Emily in Paris” and what he calls “ambient TV”—shows that provide “a numbing backdr…
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