It’s already hard to fathom, but one of the defining trends of the era immediately preceding the pandemic was overtourism, the growing influx of visito…
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Several years ago, a friend told me, “I wish I was the type of person who could go 12 hours without noticing a text message” (he’d been waiting for a r…
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During the past year, the centrality of COVID-19 in our collective attention frame has been a slight (and unwelcome) distraction from another ongoing c…
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There were a couple of entertaining articles last month about people tragically losing access to Bitcoin wallets containing tens of millions of dollars…
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Last week I was thinking about how the “death of cities” narrative that was inescapable in 2020 has largely subsided. Certain big cities in the United …
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I haven’t really kept up with animated films lately but whenever I periodically check in, as I did last week by watching Pixar’s latest, Soul, I’m once…
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Last week I found out that Nick Land, the godfather of accelerationism, is on Twitter. Shortly after I followed him, as expected, he tweeted something …
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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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