Kevin Roose published a piece in the New York Times this week about the waning of what he calls the “millennial lifestyle subsidy,” an arrangement that…
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In the early 1940s, essayist Joseph Mitchell spent more than a year in pursuit of an eccentric New York character named Joe Gould, “a blithe and emacia…
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The CEO of Redfin posted a great thread this week about how weird the US housing market is right now, starting with this anecdote:
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My favorite Twitter account is @EvanCollins90, a design researcher who compiles images that represent visual aesthetic trends from the recent past (he …
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Energy consumption currently sits at the nexus of the tech industry’s two main focal points, climate change and cryptocurrency. The former is largely a…
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Long before the pandemic started but especially during it, “stuff” has seemed to inexorably fill up any domestic space we make available for it, almost…
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In recent months—probably sometime during the winter—I started noticing that the internet felt crowded, the first time I can recall truly feeling that …
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This week I wrote an essay for Real Life about the creator economy, the ongoing monetization of the web, and the speculative tendencies that are unleas…
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A few weeks ago, I had a conversation on Clubhouse with Salman Ansari about pandemic urbanism—what has happened to cities in the past year and what we …
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If you grow up in the suburbs, a familiar experience is going over to a friend’s house for the first time and recognizing its layout as identical to th…
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One of the defining images of the urban environment during the past year has been restaurant and retail interiors suddenly repurposed as makeshift stor…
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One broad narrative about Western urbanism over the past several centuries is that cities have continuously grown cleaner, quieter, and more appealing …
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