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Chris Chafin writes about the people and companies behind our culture.
Disagreement continues to rage about whether Hannah would or wouldn’t have gotten that fantasy job teaching about “the internet” at an upstate university on Girls. Kathryn VanArendonk wrote in New York, “This job is impossible. It’s not just unlikely; it would almost never happen.” Jia Tolentino mentioned it in passing in a longer piece about finally beginning to watch Girls after putting it off for years (possibly solely for the purpose of writing this...
“Hey, what’s up! It’s Bebe here, in Venice Beach!” A young woman with black hair stands against an orange-striped wall in a YouTube video from 2015, seemingly seconds after the cameraman has said, “I dunno, that place looks cool? Stand there and say something.” She is wearing stripes, her hair very dark and her lipstick is very red—the 2015 fashionista has logged on. Is she… some kind of YouTube star, maybe? Let’s keep watching. “I...
Williamsburg design space/artist incubator/Mini brand activation A/D/O still isn’t quite open in full. But its design store—which has lots of great stuff!—is. This includes, on a plinth underneath a plexiglass cover, a rather unassuming little steel vegetable peeler with a certain rough elegance, called a Swiss Peeler. It’s the kind of thing you might have picked up at dearly departed Soho shop Kiosk, though if you’d gotten it there it would have come with...
David Belt is a cofounder of New Lab, a making space, workshop, and co-working space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A New York-based international real estate developer, he is also the Founder and Managing Principal of Macro Sea and DBI. Over the past twenty-five years, Belt has developed a diverse range of projects that vary widely in size, scope and location; he has executed over $1 billion in private and institutional development projects worldwide. How...

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