Many of the most grating aspects of life in densely populated cities involve violations of personal space. They are frequently subtle. I could probably…
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As time passes, it will seem more and more convenient to historians that the last decade ended so punctually—we rang in 2020 just as COVID was gaining…
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A couple of years ago, in a post titled Never-Ending Niches, Ben Thompson described various consequences of the transition from analog to digital media…
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First—RIP Real Life, which announced this week that it no longer has funding and will shut down. As both a reader and a writer, Real Life has been a…
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Around this time last year, I attended the US Open, which resulted in an essay about how the tournament’s grounds are basically an outdoor airport…
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One defining quality of post-pandemic culture has been a sense of instability—of things breaking, or barely holding together, or already being broken…
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“Almost everything of interest in New York City lies in some degree of proximity to music,” Luc Sante declares in the opening line of his…
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Some of the best architecture theory is not specifically about architecture, which gives it the flexibility to illuminate a much wider range of topics…
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Although the classical 20th-century music snob still endures vestigially, the species peaked with Gen X before breathing its dying gasps through Elder…
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Earlier today, Mat Dryhurst speculated that “Infinite Drake” is the inevitable end state of Spotify and other music streaming services, suggesting that…
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One of my favorite recent Substacks has been On the Spectrum, On the Guest List, which its author describes as “a serialized account of my…
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When you write about technology—or most subjects, really—there are certain topics that the internet seems to hand down like homework, demanding that…
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