Virtual Worlds

To Volcanoes (at Gmail), with Love

What a strange place the internet is, where we can reach a stranger by the slip of a key—or get their mail.

Jul 09, 2018
Why You Left Social Media: A Guesswork

“Social media hold out the promise of authenticity, but never fulfill it. In this way, they reproduce the craving for authenticity.”

Nov 29, 2017
Spectator: My Family, My Rapist, and Mourning Online

“I keep looking for that final update, confirmation that he is gone.”

Nov 22, 2016
I Hate Shopping (and Shops Are the Problem)

“I can convince myself that the website’s tasteful design is at odds with child labor and unlivable wages.”

Nov 14, 2016
Scrabble With My Mom

“No matter what else happens, I play my turn, and she plays hers.”

Oct 24, 2016
A Life in Google Maps

“I can’t zoom in far enough to see if we were happy, or sad, or changing, or lying to ourselves.”

Sep 12, 2016