The Pygmalion Effect: Proving Them Right
Too-fast fashion: We are wearing clothes 1/3 less than we did 20 years ago, and there’s now a glut of used clothes.
Fascinating though not shocking expose of PR-funded digital journalism.
‘Representative democracy failed you lob a grenade at it. That is rational.’ @mashagessen on Trump & Putin
In which @jasonmcbride68 smartly unpacks (but doesn’t fully explain) Paw Patrol, which I kind of loathe @walrusmagazine
A smart approach to proposal writing, shared generously by @zeldman
America is crazy, and according to @KBanderson, it's all Esalen's fault. Nice review by @jimsteele88
Radical thinking from @jasonhickel in @fastcompany: Capitalism is the problem. Notably absent: an alternative.
Interesting take on the way in which Trump has splintered the DC social scene (while his own hotel plays an outsize role for White House insiders).
In which @magicmolly meets @moonjuiceshop and makes sense of the lifestyle "goo-doo" phenom
Post-oil, Dubai will be the world's leading exporter of climate solutions. Fascinating take by @ajblum
Half of American households have Amazon Prime (and other reasons retail is dying).
Lovely reading for the back of a taxi stuck in Vancouver traffic--@Timothy_Taylor_ on this flakey, beautiful, singular city
The big, easy, dirty business of knocking off @kickstarter products
Not sure "cuck" is dirty as she claims, still a terrific column from @leahmclaren
Good trick: How will I feel in 10 minutes/months/years about this big decision?
Nice @globearts column, in which Russell Smith takes a surprisingly populist turn.
Not sure how much of this account is revisionist, but interesting take on Kushner as employing a data-driven, move-fast-and-break-things approach to Trump's campaign.
Hipsters and artists: the brave foot soldiers of capitalism.
Artists are the neoliberal state’s troops. Artists make the first move into post-industrial, post-welfare state wastelands like brownfield sites and council housing estates and sow the seeds of cultural capital.
This is nuts: Peter Doig is being sued for refusing to authenticate a painting he denies creating.
70% of poor American families own at least two colour TVs. Do they both spark joy?
@wilshylton has produced a masterpiece. Among the finest profiles I've read. Kudos.
Smart take on work, leisure and the fear of boredom.
Most notable feature of @stephenmarche's apt piece on Toronto the Pretty Good: he uses "miasma" & "inveigles" in the same line
The Britain I grew up in took pride in its common sense and pragmatism. Affinities for ideology and political extremism were regarded as suspect, European qualities.
Just catching up on the powerful, succinct piece, timely again today. This is how fascism comes to America.
one thing I would recommend to parents — that it is a pretty unique opportunity to be able to spend time with a child developing some kind of activity together.
“What we’ve seen is that every single generation enters the work force and feels like they’re a unique generation, and the generation that’s one or two ahead of them looks back and says, ‘Who are these weird, strange kids coming into the work force with their attitudes of entitlement and not wanting to fit in?’”
"The difference between a community and a network is that you belong to a community, but a network belongs to you. You feel in control. You can add friends if you wish, you can delete them if you wish."
"The vast majority of people reading this article will have a Snapchat account within 36 months,” he says. “Even if, as they’re reading this, they don’t believe me.”
Lovely @brainpickings piece on Delacroix & the importance of being alone.
Think of the blessings that await you, not of the emptiness that drives you to seek constant distraction.
OxyContin stuffed animals: the real root cause of America's heroin problem.
A short, insightful take on structuring the creative process.
Corpse mediation: Better than Facebook.
Shameful that it's taken me this long to read what many consider to be the greatest magazine profile ever written. A singular achievement.
For Monte Carlo's 1879 debut, they built an opera house. In Vegas, 1946, Bugsy hired Abbott & Costello.
The art of skimming non-fiction... and turning reading into a purely utilitarian act
Don't call it a comeback.
"The Art of Toilet Cleanliness" captures the essence of what makes @joebeef singularly great
Kudos, @itsmarkmedley, for this lovely profile of a "contributive" bookseller, who sold dildos with poetry, and is Canada's own Joe Gould.
Fascinating obit of Ernest Dichter who introduced psychoanalytic thinking into marketing.
When all the doctors are leaving and hedge funds are arriving, you know you're in trouble.
the Puerto Rican case represents “an important test of whether Washington is, as some allege, controlled by financial interests.”