On Hacker News (New Yorker online)

The Superhuman saga, and the challenges of ethical software (New Yorker online)

San Francisco at the beginning of the IPO wave (New Yorker online)

Jack Dorsey at TED, and the end of an era (New Yorker online)

The complicated legacy of the Whole Earth Catalog (New Yorker online)


A dispatch on cryptocurrency (New Yorker online). The weird sadness of Facebook’s “Download Your Data” tool (The Atlantic). A review of Claire L. Evans's Broad Band (New Republic online).


Farewell to the Silicon Valley mythos (The Atlantic). A protest at Peter Thiel’s house (New Yorker online). Is Maryellis Bunn the Millennial Walt Disney? (New York Magazine). Slack, Facebook, workplace culture, and parties in the office (New Yorker online). Autonomous cars and the future of cities (New York Times Magazine). The startup approach to politics (Harper’s). Transhumanists, and how to solve the problem of death (New Republic). A brief history of the 404 error (Wired). The Museum of Capitalism (New Yorker online). The infamous “Google memo” (New Yorker online). Uber, sexism in tech, and why women rarely go public (New Yorker online). The outlook for Uber (New Yorker online). Immersion therapy in the Trump archive (New Yorker online). A trip to Adidas’s Bavarian, robot-powered sneaker factory (Wired). A new generation of “ethical hackers” (New Yorker online).  



The allure and anxiety of working at a San Francisco startup (n+1). A profile of Ellen Ullman (New Republic). Suck: the best magazine on the early web (The Atlantic online). Reading copies of 1990s Wired (New Yorker online). Conversations with strangers (The Awl). Office ping-pong; California’s aggressive freedom (New Republic online). Silicon Valley’s diversity problem (New Yorker online). Y Combinator’s Demo Day (The Atlantic online). Idealism, the public domain, and Aaron Swartz (New Republic online). The internet as art (New Republic online). A San Francisco hackerspace prepares for Trump (New Yorker online).



The women are talking (New Republic online). Renata Adler’s collected essays (New Republic). The data-entry dystopia (New Republic). Linda Rosenkrantz’s realist experiment (New Republic online). San Francisco, disaster preparedness, coming unhinged (The Offing). Lolita’s lurid road trip (New Republic online). Disappearing into the archives (Longreads). LiveJournal, ska (Websafe2k16). In pursuit of a hyperreal black (Racked). A roundtable on Lucia Berlin (Vice). An interview with Vivian Gornick (Vice). Making architecture human (New Republic online). Paris and the frustrations of the flâneur (New Republic).


2014, 2013, 2012

Falling out of love, cities, Speedboat (The Paris Review Daily). Production music, simulacra, and anxiety (Pacific Standard). A tragedy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (The Paris Review Daily). Family, audiobooks, and Proust (The Paris Review Daily).



I was on the radio, once; on writing “Uncanny Valley” (NPR’s Marketplace)