There’s an enduring genre of urbanist Twitter content in which people juxtapose photos of old, dense, well-preserved cities (usually European) against…
First, thanks for a fun year—sending this newsletter is rewarding because you read it (even if you stop reading after this sentence), and in 2021 I…
The best book I read this year was John Stilgoe’s 1982 book Common Landscape of America, 1580-1845. As I wrote in an earlier post, the book describes…
Which topic are we talking about today? The metaverse, COVID-19, cryptocurrency…how about all of them. I wish I was joking. I really hate it. Next time…
A year ago I tweeted that when Netflix drops a big new show “it feels like a software update is being pushed to everyone's brain.” I’d recently noticed…
The art critic Dave Hickey passed away earlier this month at 82. Among the many memorable passages he wrote, this one has increasingly stood out to me…
Despite the enduring use of terms like IRL or “real life” to distinguish the physical world from the digital, most people have finally come to…
Whenever supply chains become a topic of mainstream discussion, as they have lately, we all become aware, however briefly, of our own individual…
Max Read just started a newsletter that seems like it’s going to be good. Max has written some of my favorite recent tech criticism, such as this…
One of my favorite pieces of architecture writing is Rem Koolhaas’s 2001 essay Junkspace, as you may be aware if you’ve been reading this newsletter for…
In an apparent effort to provoke a large swath of my age group, Pitchfork announced earlier this week that it was revising its numeric ratings for 19…
Alex Pareene wrote a post last month about a recent Pew survey indicating that the majority of Americans prefer car-oriented sprawl to dense, walkable…