We Are Not Alone.

Every night on Earth, we mortals gaze up into the vast universe of stars and planets, full of humility and awe, and ask, “Are we alone?” If there has been any extraterrestrial answer to our...

Now Hiring: Artists and Intellectuals

This is the job opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Now, before you send your hopes off in the wrong direction, let me be clear: I am personally not hiring anybody. However, I think it’s a...

Books as Symbols of Awe and Inadequacy

Walking into any bookstore is enough to fill me with complete pointlessness, with unbridled awe. Pick up a book, any book, and see the results of some individuals’ years of labor. It is apparent, if...

Irresistible Technology: An Interview with Adam Alter

Adam Alter’s latest book is “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked.” In it, he describes the problem of rampant behavioral addiction and the calculated techniques of games, apps and other...

The Independent’s Dilemma

I work for myself, which means my boss is a real bitch. She makes me work long hours, never likes anything I produce until I’ve revised it a thousand times (and maybe not even then)...