Start with the Obvious

Once we’ve reached our destination we realize it’s still us, and that it will always be us. Many travel writers don’t know how to deal with this disappointment.

Children of Hope

Nothing says Welcome to America quite like a billboard advertising the end of the world.

Ferguson Correctional Institution

From the perspective of authorities, there isn’t much of a difference between prisons and neighborhoods, as we’ve seen happen in Ferguson.

Pure Motion, Pure Emotion

Andrey Platonov’s tales of human tragedy contain moments of connection that provide a hint of a different kind of future, of the stuff of living that keeps hearts beating.

Nudes at the Arcade

These bits of buried poetry, the divergent and deeply personal connections I found myself making, ran like a subterranean river beneath the familiar cultural production of the Status Update.

Séance: Johannes Gutenberg

We fire up our Ouija board app to summon the titan of typography, Johannes Gutenberg.

The Waiting Game

The hour and a half requirement for alternate side of the street parking is a Kafkaesque joke played by the Department of Transportation and the NYPD.

How Gene Simmons Helped Kill Rock

Simmons sees the crisis of cultural production as a problem caused by middle class people not sufficiently understanding how capitalism is supposed to work.

The Underground Hedonist

The unique pleasure of reading erotica in public, and especially on the subway, is its low-grade naughtiness.

#eBookDay: 6 Works that Are Better as eBooks

Happy Read an eBook Day! Here are six works that are just plain better as eBooks.