There is a set of words—gentrification, hipster, neoliberalism, capitalism—that feel surprisingly difficult to use in most contexts now, provoking a…
There was a recent story in the Financial Times about Miami’s crypto-fueled ascent to the status of “most important city in America.” That title is in…
In 2009, Brian Eno wrote that we are living in a “stylistic tropics,” in which genres like ambient music have split into a multitude of subgenres—black…
My friend TW Lim (who writes an excellent newsletter about food and the restaurant industry) recently texted me from rural New Hampshire, where he had…
Last week I wrote a piece for Wired about Google’s promise of infinite data storage and how that expectation has turned us into digital hoarders over…
My favorite architecture theorist, Sanford Kwinter, wrote this in 1997: “The efficient but one-dimensional marketplace world in which we live…is a…
I’ve never muted a person or topic on Twitter. I’ve constructed an entire social media philosophy around this: If I need to mute someone on Twitter then…
The Blackbird Spyplane newsletter recently made a valuable contribution to the pantheon of essays about how the internet has transformed the physical…
Yesterday, the Y2K Aesthetic Institute, which curates “late ‘90s-2003 futurism,” posted a thread of ‘90s rave flyers (scanned from a 1999 book called…
In a recent episode of his podcast, Sean Monahan described a phenomenon he called “the West Elm Calebificiation of content” in which media and internet…
I have a working theory—probably not original—that Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the internet era’s quintessential urban zone (it’s hard for me to call it a…
This newsletter has a paid tier that, in my humble opinion, is awesome. If you subscribe you’ll get my (slightly) longer essays on urbanism and…