It is clear that fame is changing—influence for the sake of influence is becoming a business model as a result of social media, where fortunes are made by commodifying personalities and popularity is birthed by algorithms.
The brutal winters did little to chill Icelanders’ spirits, instead it sparked a dark and strange literary imagination that has endured for more than 1000 years. The Yule Lads began as thirteen evil ogre brothers which parents used to scare children into behaving around Christmastime.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: The heart’s desire of a child is not a thing to play with and, well, I’m still a child when it comes to accepting presents.
If you’re old enough, you probably remember the curious phenomenon known as “the lunch break.”
Authors—once permitted to sit in their hovel and emerge once a year for a writer’s festival—have become social entities.
Dramatic. Momentous. Revolutionary. Earth-shattering. Such peacockery has typically been confined to Hollywood puff pieces and high-tech product launches, until now.
To co-founder Joe Gebbia, what Airbnb is actually selling is a kind of antidote to a peculiar sense of 20th century alienation.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Muhammad Ali was once quoted saying: “The sun has a purpose. The moon has a purpose. The snow has a purpose. Cows have a purpose. You were born for a purpose. You have to find your purpose.”
Did you feel that? That little stretch as your legs pulled away from your body, that little squeeze as your sides squished together for a fraction of a moment?