An Investigation of Memes, Meaning, and Linguistic Competence Online and IRL

This project combines two topics I’m pretty much always thinking about — the nuances of language/communication and how meme culture reflects evolving societal norms — and is the product of almost six months(!) of work. I am deeply indebted…

I’m finally ready to talk about Atlanta

It took me a while to find the words for this, but here it is. It was difficult to find something to say that hadn’t already been said, mostly because we keep saying the same things over and over. And that’s exactly the point. …

Examining the stories of the people and places lost in time to uncover the legacy of slavery and colonialism in modern-day Manhattan

In honor of my third year as a New Yorker and in light of the ongoing demonstrations by the Black Lives Matter movement and discourse around the significance of historical monuments, I thought I’d write about New York’s stolen history — the hidden and lesser-known parts that are omitted from…

A guide for non-Black people on anti-racism and supporting the Black community right now

“What choice will we make? What world will we create? What will we be?”
— Ibram X. Kendi

Originally, this piece was going to be called “The Trap of “Authenticity” and the Rewards of Cultural Colonization,” inspired by the and unpacking the political and…

Nine things I learned as an old person on TikTok

TikTok is the hottest app of the moment now that everyone is in quarantine, but the teens have known about it for a while now. I started this deck six months ago as a Lunch & Learn about the role psychology plays in strategy, but it quickly turned into something…

Instagram has always existed as a form of wishful thinking but never so much as now, as we sit in our living rooms scrolling through places that we would rather be. My feed is full of wistfully-captioned snapshots of soft white beaches melting into wavy cerulean seas, hidden waterfalls in…

Jia Tolentino’s debut novel, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, is a grim yet nihilistically optimistic opus for the millennial generation

I am rarely compelled to write full reviews of books, but Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion is a noteworthy exception for a couple of reasons. First, it’s not a novel, but a collection of nine distinct essays that dive deep into social and cultural ecosystems from the perspective of a…

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