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Driving Blind: Lego and Booze

“Way out in the country tonight he could smell the pumpkins ripening toward the knife and the triangle eye and the singeing candle.” I’m on the run this afternoon so I’ll have to keep it short. Lego faces are getting angrier and angrier–mostly because so many sets are now based around popular movie franchises. I…

Driving Blind: E3 and Charter Cities

A new report from the ESA gives some “essential facts” about the video game industry, including who plays and what their interested in. We might finally see some action from the courts on unpaid internships. Ed Kilgore examines Michael Lind’s essay on libertarianism. Speaking of libertarian utopianism. Also: charter cities.

Driving Blind: Stalinists and Kafka

“The first thing you learn in life is you’re a fool. The last thing you learn in life is you’re the same fool.” Rebecca Rosen explains why we should care about the government collecting and storing our personal information. She looks to Kafka instead of Orwell. An anonymous but “respected” attorney gives his perspective on…

Driving Blind: The Passing of a Literary Giant

In light of the season three finale, Kathleen Geier speculates on the politics of the show using historical analogs. John B. Judis on the administration’s constitutional-amnesia, and the difference between congressional checks and balances, and public scrutiny. Nick Harkaway explores a uniquely Victorian aesthetic, “We are bodies which think, and we’re at home with Steampunk because…

Driving Blind: I Spy

“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”   As Mark pointed out earlier today, the U.S. government has been collecting phone records from Verizon and scouring them for meta data because it’s…

Driving Blind: Design on Fire

“Poverty made a sound like a wet cough in the shadows of the room.” Pitchfork breaks their layout and my eyes with this review of the new Daft Punk album. Cara Ellison writes about the strangers she interacts with online. Atossa Abrahamian ventures into the Seasteading project and reports her findings. In his first post at Medium,…