Kneeling Bus

Drew Austin
Notes from the collision of meatspace and the internet.
Created 10 Jul 2019
  • #169: Reality Soldier
    24 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 12 4
    One of the most illuminating television scenes ever filmed—a perfect analogy for the contemporary texture of reality—occurs in Season 4 of The Office, when Michael Scott tries to declare bankruptcy by...
  • The Airport Lounge City
    16 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 0
    I went to the US Open last week, a fun end-of-summer New York ritual that felt especially exciting after last year’s hiatus. Like any other live sporting event, the US Open is an environment saturated...
  • #168: Punks in the Beerlight
    10 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 11 2
    An important ritual throughout my youth was inspecting someone’s music collection the first time you visited their house or rode in their car and using that information to decide how cool they were. D...
  • #167: Can't You Hear Me Knocking
    27 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 9 0
    Last week I wrote a piece for Real Life about the tech industry’s disinterest in fashion and its broader rejection of public space and the idea of a commons. The essay concludes with a critique of the...
  • Restaurants and the Art of Rent
    25 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 0
    Tse Wei Lim has a good newsletter about food, restaurants, and their economics—“food in the context of food systems,” as he describes it. His most recent issue discusses the incentives that encourage ...
  • #166: Radiation Vibe
    13 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 6 0
    I tweeted the other day that “there’s too much internet now” and blamed it on the pandemic. Have you felt that way lately? Regardless of whether the vibes are on or off, this summer is unquestionably ...
  • Fake Plastic Trees
    03 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 0
    I’m reading John Stilgoe’s book Common Landscape of America, 1580-1845, an incredible book with a hilariously boring-sounding title that is much less dry than you’d expect (as is all of Stilgoe’s writ...
  • #165: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
    23 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 12 0
    The 2000 Onion article “Area Man Constantly Mentioning He Doesn’t Own a Television” captures a familiar trope from that era, complete with the perfect protagonist: a goateed Chapel Hill resident who w...
  • #164: Halcyon + On + On
    16 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 12 7
    Here’s the top comment on the YouTube video for “Heaven or Las Vegas” by the Cocteau Twins: “The vibe of this song makes me feel like I’m a high school girl entering prom. I am a 30 year old man.” Not...
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn
    14 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 0
    On July 13, 2011—ten years ago yesterday—I moved to New York City. I arrived, parallel parked the U-Haul I had driven down from Boston, carried all my stuff into my apartment, chased a cockroach aroun...
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