Kneeling Bus

Drew Austin
Notes from the collision of meatspace and the internet.
Created 10 Jul 2019
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  • Venetian Snares
    06 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 9 3
    There’s an enduring genre of urbanist Twitter content in which people juxtapose photos of old, dense, well-preserved cities (usually European) against amorphous contemporary sprawl (usually American),...
  • #175: Pre-Millennium Tension
    31 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 18 2
    First, thanks for a fun year—sending this newsletter is rewarding because you read it (even if you stop reading after this sentence), and in 2021 I actually got to meet many of you, which I hope happe...
  • Canal Society
    23 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    The best book I read this year was John Stilgoe’s 1982 book Common Landscape of America, 1580-1845. As I wrote in an earlier post, the book describes the evolution of the pre-industrial American lands...
  • #174: Telephone Free Landslide Victory
    18 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 11 0
    Which topic are we talking about today? The metaverse, COVID-19, cryptocurrency…how about all of them. I wish I was joking. I really hate it. Next time I’ll write about liminal spaces or something. Bu...
  • #173: Experimental Jet Set
    04 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 16 2
    A year ago I tweeted that when Netflix drops a big new show “it feels like a software update is being pushed to everyone's brain.” I’d recently noticed how The Queen’s Gambit had suddenly caused every...
  • Parallel Universes
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    The art critic Dave Hickey passed away earlier this month at 82. Among the many memorable passages he wrote, this one has increasingly stood out to me during the past crypto-frenzied year (although Hi...
  • The Inverted Metaverse
    04 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 0
    Despite the enduring use of terms like IRL or “real life” to distinguish the physical world from the digital, most people have finally come to understand that, by almost any definition, reality happen...
  • #172: Running Up That Hill
    29 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 18 0
    Whenever supply chains become a topic of mainstream discussion, as they have lately, we all become aware, however briefly, of our own individual positions within those supply chains, usually as the ul...
  • #171: Misery Business
    22 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 11 2
    Max Read just started a newsletter that seems like it’s going to be good. Max has written some of my favorite recent tech criticism, such as this mid-pandemic Bookforum essay about the unhinged nature...
  • Stranded Assets
    20 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    One of my favorite pieces of architecture writing is Rem Koolhaas’s 2001 essay Junkspace, as you may be aware if you’ve been reading this newsletter for a while. Last week, Joshua McWhirter revisited ...
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