The Circle Come Round At Last


“Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.”
Victor Hugo

Last week I climbed higher than the Sears Tower in a near-fugue state, brought on by a Netflix series. “The Circle” is a surreal distillation of our zeitgeist, one that is eminently satisfying on a limbic level. It offers the uneasy sensation of a deepfake, of a show entirely designed and cast by a neural net trained on all our contemporary neuroses: “We forced an AI with generalized anxiety disorder to view ten billion Instagram interactions and here’s what it made!”

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“Hell’s Kitchens” for Popula

This piece was a real pleasure to write, it’s a great feeling to address and highlight some of the fundamental absurdity of our economic system in detail. The day I saw my first “Ghost Kitchen” was profound evidence that the world is wobbling on its axis and I’m grateful to editor Maria Bustillos for her help with expressing my dismay.

Updates 2/12/20:

This article was selected by The Syllabus for their “Best Of Journalism” newsletter back in November of 2019

And was cited in the New York Times here