A Day in the Life of (Almost) Every Vending Machine in the World

Tom Lamont’s insightful essay makes you consider both the people standing in front of the vending machine and those behind its inception.

The midget gems could go anywhere, really, and today he decided to give them a try in primetime – halfway along, halfway up. In vending, this part of the job, as delicate as flower arrangement, is known as planogramming.

Author: Tom Lamont
Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 14, 2022
Length: 26 minutes (6,580 words)

The Student and the Algorithm: How the Exam Results Fiasco Threatened One Pupil’s Future

Bright students in historically low-achieving schools were tumbling, sometimes in great, cliff-edge drops of two or three grades, because of institutional records they had nothing to do with.”

Author: Tom Lamont
Source: The Guardian
Published: Feb 18, 2021
Length: 27 minutes (6,759 words)

Can We Escape from Information Overload?

When one artist isolated himself in his dark London studio for a few days, he tuned out modernity’s noise and learned what the brain can do when it isn’t bombarded with alerts and messages and screens all the time.

Author: Tom Lamont
Source: 1843
Published: May 7, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,387 words)

The Invisible City: How a Homeless Man Built a Life Underground

“After decades among the hidden homeless, Dominic Van Allen dug himself a bunker beneath a public park. But his life would get even more precarious.”

Author: Tom Lamont
Source: The Guardian
Published: Mar 5, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,244 words)

Trapped: The Grenfell Tower Story

The untold story of what it felt like to fight that fire and to flee it — a story of a thousand impossible decisions and the people who dared to make them.

Author: Tom Lamont
Source: GQ
Published: Nov 28, 2017
Length: 28 minutes (7,010 words)