The Truth About The So-Called Gig Economy

We’re all going to be driving an Uber before long, and everyone who’s not will be freelancing at something else, right? Or maybe the gig economy isn’t growing so fast – or isn’t really growing at all. Economists can’t agree. – The Atlantic [Read More...]

A Classic Theatre Story, Missing Some Grit

Can you tell the story of Harlem’s Apollo Theater without being a booster? Nope, at least not in graphic novel form. “The remarkable institution is a microcosm of the world of black popular culture in all its highs and lows, achievements and setbacks — not to mention sustaining … [Read More...]

Instagram Live Is The New Fireside Chat

As Beto O’Rourke and newly minted Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez use Instagram to show their domestic skills, Senator Elizabeth Warren uses it to announce a presidential bid, and … what happened to TV? “This is the future of political rhetoric: handheld, streaming, and dappled with DIY lighting.” … [Read More...]

A Man Walked Into A Bookstore

But he was in his 40s, and so it wasn’t as filled with possibility and joy as it might have been when he was in his 20s. “The bookstore is a liminal space. Even if like me you don’t have the cash to buy a box of new … [Read More...]

Breaking Down The Critic-Proof Appeal Of A Netflix Film

Why is anyone, much less seemingly everyone, watching Netflix’s deeply mediocre (if even that) Bird Box? Some critics try to explain. For one thing: “It’s like a taunt: The negative reviews pour in, so the streaming site ― which otherwise doesn’t publicize viewership data ― deflects with a … [Read More...]