The Great Mortality

Don’t joke about the black Egyptian sarcophagus unleashing a plague that will kill us all, because the next pandemic is heading for us.

Source: Real Life Mag
Published: Sep 24, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,253 words)

The Constant Consumer

The world as platform: In Amazon’s dream universe, we’re all customers by virtue of existing.

Source: Real Life Mag
Published: Sep 10, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,798 words)

After Hours

“Off-peak” lifestyle evangelists insist on the value of being untimely, but their lifestyle depends on the rest of us staying regimented.

Source: Real Life Mag
Published: Jan 8, 2018
Length: 11 minutes (2,875 words)

Doomsday Pattern

Atomic bombs smell like a waterfall. You can get some radiation out with soap and water. Oh, and nothing is safe.

Source: Real Life Mag
Published: Oct 9, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,209 words)

End Notes

How is a death mourned after it’s gone viral? China, WeChat, and the public consumption of private tragedy.

Author: Juli Min
Source: Real Life Mag
Published: May 9, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,643 words)

Where Are You Really From

Many people aren’t from one place and are in constant motion. So why must we choose one nationality from a drop-down menu?

Source: Real Life Mag
Published: Mar 29, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,503 words)

Terminal Democracy

At airports, ideals of free movement collide with protocols of restriction and privilege. That makes them vital sites of protest.

Source: Real Life Mag
Published: Feb 6, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,281 words)

Camp Dread

The fleeting solace of consuming Melania Trump as camp.

Source: Real Life Mag
Published: Jan 19, 2017
Length: 9 minutes (2,306 words)

Seeing Stars

“It was comforting to think that when we look into the sky we’re seeing the past, since that’s where I wanted to be. ” Alex Ronan on grieving for her brother Mark and finding her place in the universe.

Source: Real Life Mag
Published: Jul 12, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3,204 words)

Quick Fix

“I Googled in succession, How to stop thinking about someone, and How to stop missing someone, and How to be so lonely you could eat your own arm. No matter what combination of glum post-break-up sentiments I typed in, the top hit was almost always wikihow.com.”

Source: Real Life Mag
Published: Sep 21, 2016
Length: 10 minutes (2,595 words)