LETTER On the Social Network Our existing social networks turn out to be antisocial: they all represent ways of avoiding—rather than participating in—the struggle for recognition. ESSAYS Hell: The New Strategy for Dealing with… Read More

Listen Up Philip is the name of a movie that came out in October and was written and directed by Alex Ross Perry. It stars Jason Schwartzman as a misanthropic novelist named Philip Lewis… Read More

Living in the kinds of apartments I do means mice, often. House mice, one of the world’s most successful species—whatever that means—don’t care how much money we pay for our apartments in Park Slope,… Read More

In the summer of 1960, James Baldwin wrote an essay he styled “Fifth Avenue, Uptown: A Letter from Harlem.” Among the host of ills he observed in the neighborhood where he was born and… Read More