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Nov 13, 2021

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The Great Irony Level Collapse
There was a time when I felt I could know what kind of music or pants a person liked and be able to fill in the rest of their interests with reasonable accuracy; at this point, there doesn’t seem to be any connection at all. In the era of espresso martinis, my whole irony zone system has become a sticky, unnavigable mess.

Why Facebook’s Metaverse Is Dead on Arrival
The Oculus is not a wearable. In fact, it’s prophylactic. No one’s going to get near you. It’s basically the fastest way to say, “I don’t date.” You’re never going to get mass adoption with an item that is clunky, makes you nauseous, and has a negative self-expressive benefit.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza Soundtrack Announced
Featuring songs by David Bowie, Nina Simone, and Paul McCartney, as well as a new track from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

The Puffer Coat At The End Of The World
These days, the puffer's meaning is elastic: cold-weather uniform to the everyman and the Everest set alike. Despite the mainstream appeal and increased access, it is far from a utopian object. Like most things that are bought and sold, the puffer is stratified—in some cases, to the point of marking class divide—largely as a result of branding, but materials, too. There's a taxonomic culture surrounding the puffer. Warmth is demonstrated by the jacket's loft, or ability to trap and retain body heat, and loft is measured by fill power, the space occupied by one ounce of insulation.