Can Monoculture Survive the Algorithm?

“Art’s deepest impact comes when it is least expected. In contrast, algorithmic recommendations lead us down a path of pleasant monotony: a looming monoculture of the similar. To resist it, we should embrace obscurity, difficulty, diversity, and strangeness as just as important as recognizability or universality.”

Source: Vox
Published: Dec 17, 2019
Length: 25 minutes (6,455 words)

My Own Private Iceland

When an island nation of 300,000 residents receives more than two million tourists a year, radical change is inevitable — but is it all negative?

Source: Vox
Published: Oct 21, 2019
Length: 26 minutes (6,733 words)

No Place Like Home

A slew of new shows timed perfectly for new year’s resolution purges help us pare down our possessions, keeping us focused on stuff instead of, say, systemic housing inequality.

Published: Jan 11, 2019
Length: 8 minutes (2,119 words)

Group Therapy for the End of the World

A chronicle of a week spent in the Swedish countryside, at a workshop designed to help participants come to terms with impending environmental doom.

Source: Garage Magazine
Published: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,442 words)

Style is an Algorithm

No one is original anymore, not even you.

Source: Racked
Published: Apr 17, 2018
Length: 24 minutes (6,025 words)

When You’re a ‘Digital Nomad,’ the World Is Your Office

On life at a Miami digital-nomad compound, which one resident describes as “a hybrid between a summer camp for adults and a reality-TV show without the cameras.”

Published: Feb 8, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,041 words)

Nowhere Mag

For ten years, Monocle has successfully catered to the world’s status-conscious, globe-trotting elite by offering them exclusivity, materiality and identity. So does the rise of nationalism threaten a lifestyle magazine that treats the world as one big upscale mall?

Published: Jun 27, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,428 words)

Welcome to Airspace

How the same design language — “the neutered Scandinavianism of HGTV” — took over coffee shops and Airbnbs from Brooklyn to Osaka.

Source: The Verge
Published: Aug 3, 2016
Length: 14 minutes (3,601 words)

The Grays of Our Lives

The anxiety of choice—what I should do, what I should read, who I should be—has had a curious effect on the world of fashion. Color is out, gray is in. Gray, the midpoint between black and white, has far more than fifty shades; each one communicates a subtle difference in meaning, but all provide an effortless canvas of cool.

Source: Racked
Published: Mar 14, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

The Last Lifestyle Magazine

The origin story of Kinfolk, a lifestyle publication known for its carefully curated photo spreads. The magazine is well-loved but is also met with derision.

Source: Racked
Published: Mar 14, 2016
Length: 26 minutes (6,686 words)