Last week, Toby Shorin published some fascinating predictions about how this pandemic will affect culture and technology, and he let me contribute some…
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The lateness of today’s newsletter reflects the fact that time isn’t real anymore and everything is blurring together. I almost forgot it’s Friday. But…
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Every crisis has two constituencies—those directly affected (in this case, anyone who actually contracts coronavirus), and everyone else, who experienc…
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I spent last week relatively offline in Mexico, which became an interesting experiment in how the internet shapes perception: During the vacation, alar…
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Rem Koolhaas’ Countryside exhibition opened at the Guggenheim Museum this week, providing an opportunity to ask the question that the concept of “count…
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Moby-Dick concludes as perfectly as any novel ever has: “…then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand year…
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I’ll never forget where I was when I found out Kobe Bryant died two weeks ago: in front of my computer, scrolling through Twitter. Recalling one’s exac…
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We skipped from #112 to #114 today. That’s not due to superstition (I don’t think 113 is unlucky) but because I noticed I sent two consecutive #108s in…
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“Race to the bottom” is a phrase that usually describes the effects of globalization—the degradation of wages and working conditions that occurs when l…
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Last year, I wrote an essay for Real Life about AirPods despite not owning a pair myself at the time. That was intentional and fairly essential to the …
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Happy New Year! This week is an opportunity to ponder decade-long trend arcs and make grandiose pronouncements of what the last ten years were “about,”…
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About ten years ago—a point at which some stage of an advanced technological future already seemed to have arrived—I sat with a friend at the People’s …
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