“For Cesar and many other delivery workers, the thefts broke something loose. Some started protesting and lobbying, partnering with nonprofits and city officials to propose legislation. Cesar and the Deliveryboys took another tack, forming a civil guard reminiscent of the one that patrolled San Juan Puerto Montaña, the small, mostly Indigenous Me’phaa village where they are from.”
“There are 60,000 unhoused people in L.A. County — (Theo) Henderson prefers ‘unhoused’ because he says ‘homeless’ has become a slur — as many as 40,000 of whom are considered, like him, to be ‘unsheltered,’ living outside the shelter system in tents, informal communities, and camps.”
“There’s a false promise in the perfection of a Nancy Meyers kitchen.”
“There’s something childlike about it; instead of hiding under a blanket, we built our houses just so. In this telling, safety is a matter of painting the right sign, hiding the right shoe, or putting in a window.”
Writer Katy Kelleher, whose work explores the ugly history of beautiful things, turns her attention to the ugly history of homeownership — and why the manmade dream of owning a home haunts so many prospective homebuyers.
“To walk through an estate sale and finger the wares—as I’ve been doing regularly since I was a teenager—is to commune with the departed. If you’re paying attention, you can put together a story about who they were.”
These days, whether you like it or not, your photogenic home may be a backdrop for tourists’ photoshoots. But posing in front of pretty facades, a practice perfected by travel influencers on Instagram, brings up issues of privacy and etiquette.
Finally, a shelter show we can just watch instead of hate-watch.
More women in the U.S. live alone than ever before, but our conversation about solo-living women has a long history.
On the southern edge of Staten Island lays the undeveloped creeks and woodlands around Sharrotts Shoreline, a rare relict of old New York. It might not be undeveloped for long.