The Outline

Noah Kulwin

Noah Kulwin
Future Editor of The Outline
The Future Mar 27

A Good Place: The alternate history of the C-SPAN archives

It's not really the first draft of history, so much as it is the raw notes.

The Future Mar 27

An “explosion of mediocre rubbish coming out online”

An actor assesses the prospects of the theater under pandemic.

The Future Mar 25

‘You gotta think outside of the box to keep yourself entertained’

A professional soccer photographer considers the effects of the pandemic.

The Future Mar 24

‘We’re not going anywhere’

A mail carrier reflects on the impact of coronavirus

The Future Mar 23

‘It took me 10 years to get to where I got’

A New Jersey barber on the toll that COVID-19 is taking on his life.

Power Mar 17

Coronavirus is putting ‘Vice News Tonight’ on hiatus

An executive announced the news in an email to Vice staff on Tuesday night.

The Future Mar 17

Facebook fumbles its response to coronavirus

The social media giant’s contracted content moderators are only now being sent home.

The Future Mar 16

Coronavirus is causing some real code-red graphic design

The Outline’s in-house design expert critiques the internet's guides to staying healthy.

The Future Mar 13

“Please daven at home, individually.”

The creative response of Jewish communities to the coronavirus crisis.

The Future Mar 11

Can’t self-quarantine, gotta get those reps

For gym-goers, the treadmills still run during the coronavirus pandemic.

Culture Mar 11

‘First Cow’ is a beautiful movie about how we all get milked by the system

Kelly Reichardt's new film shows how capitalism would be unbearable without animals.

Power Mar 05

An interview with a hand-washing expert about coronavirus

Doctor and ‘Atlantic’ staff writer James Hamblin, the author of the one good story on COVID-19, unpacks what we should be worried about.

Power Mar 04

Bernie has won the battle of the two zaydes

Michael Bloomberg’s exit from the 2020 race is, kind of, the triumph of Trotsky over Kissinger.

The Future Mar 03

Log off, fools

Before the Super Tuesday deluge, take some quiet time for yourself, and your sanity.

The Future Mar 02

Cancel SXSW

A zillion other conferences have already been called off because of the coronavirus update, but none is more deserving of that fate than SXSW.

The Future Feb 28

It shouldn’t take a pandemic for everyone to be less disgusting

Wash your hands!!

The Future Feb 28

So no one told us the internet was gonna be this way

A conversation with Joanne McNeil about ‘Lurking,’ her new book of tech criticism.

The Future Feb 27

New cars make me want to Saab

Once upon a time, not all cars had to look like folded-up Optimus Prime.

The Future Feb 26

The scariest thing about self-driving cars is how little they actually drive themselves

If you are reading this while driving, knock it off.

The Future Feb 21

Go ahead, rotary phone, try and distract me

Technology nostalgia won’t ever be enough to conquer smartphone addiction.

The Future Feb 19

The Boy Scouts deserves its bankruptcy badge

The once iconic American institution filed for bankruptcy following years of declining membership and catastrophic scandal.

Culture Feb 18

The emptiness of televised Nazi hunting

Amazon's new TV show ‘Hunters’ inadvertently reveals the limits of vengeance.

The Future Feb 07

What Acronym’s derailment in Iowa reveals about our broken system

And how combining clown-car political consulting with tech startups portends disaster.

The Future Feb 05

RIP Blackberry phones — you really fucked us over, but that keyboard was great

The phones that connected everyone to their jobs all the time will be missed.

The Future Feb 04

“Far and away the most disorganized place I’ve ever been a part of”: Inside Acronym’s disastrous foray into the Iowa caucuses

Shadow, a branch of the glossy digital strategy startup, was a mess from the start.

The Future Jan 29

At last, you can take an Uber to see Meghan Markle's new house

Vancouver was the last real holdout against ride-hailing apps in North America — no more.

The Future Jan 28

There isn’t a fair way to kill a grocery store

The future of buying food may leave your favorite places behind.

The Future Jan 16

Brands never say die

Payless ShoeSource is the latest zombie company to reemerge from bankruptcy.

The Future Jan 13

The 5G revolution that isn't

So you’ll be able to watch ‘The Office’ on your phone a little faster. Is it worth it?

The Future Jan 08

Hiding behind a veil of ignorance

There’s not much soul-searching at Facebook, only self-serving rationalizations.

The Future Jan 07

Giving corporations free money doesn't work

Business tax incentives are one of the great policy failures of our time.

Culture Jan 02

In praise of the difficult Jew

In ‘Uncut Gems,’ Adam Sandler plays a more interesting kind of Jew than we typically see on screen.

The Future Dec 26

The city that never sleeps could use a nap

The lights keeping America’s cities lit at night are way too bright.

The Future Dec 26

Uber made it cheaper to take a helicopter than a car to the airport

It’s the unfortunate logical endpoint of our current transit mess.

The Future Dec 19

The WeWork effect

The company's sudden fall reveals the cracks in the startup economy.

The Future Dec 18

I like microwaves: a hot take

They’re ubiquitous and underappreciated. Let’s give the humble microwave its due.

The Future Dec 13

The decade in Domino’s

Once a joke, in the ’10s the company became the biggest pizza chain in the world.

The Future Dec 12

The falling price of a TV set is the story of the American economy

A 50-inch TV for $300 comes with some trade-offs.

Power Dec 11

Trump is not defining antisemitism correctly, says author of antisemitism definition

Trump's executive order doesn't redefine Judaism, but it does something perhaps worse.

The Future Dec 05

I went to the new zombie Toys “R” Us in Paramus, NJ

A report from one of the recently opened stores bearing the deceased company's name.

 
The Future Dec 03

Self-cleaning cars are a pipe dream

Uber's new patent for a robot arm to clean your car is pretty dumb.

Power Nov 26

Avoid Thanksgiving fights by talking about Jeffrey Epstein

Don't bother trying to “win” Thanksgiving. Try this instead.

The Future Nov 21

The FTC has released some strange new videos for influencers

The clips only underscore how much the Federal Trade Commission doesn't do about influencer #ads.

Culture Nov 20

Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s symphonies deserve the Best Classical Grammy

The Soviet Jewish composer is one of the 20th century’s great classical music talents.

The Future Nov 19

Netflix’s Reed Hastings is a coward

The streaming service is happy to pretend it's a moral force bringing the power of documentary filmmaking to new markets. Until that becomes inconvenient.

The Future Nov 18

Mayor Pete’s cringey Holocaust memorial Instagram actually kind of makes sense

The badly designed memorial is Instagram bait.

The Future Nov 06

The worst influencer in the world is the Israeli military’s Twitter account

What if Denny’s, but apartheid?

The Future Oct 31

Twitter’s decision to ban political ads is misguided and wrong

Jack Dorsey is not a hero for doing this.

The Future Oct 30

It’s not Russia, it’s Facebook

A new “influence operation” on Facebook shouldn’t be an excuse to resurrect Cold War tensions.

The Future Oct 28

Facebook News is a waste of our time

The company’s latest attempt to assist journalism is about saving face, not the news.

The Future Oct 23

WeWork has real victims

The real-estate company's implosion is more than fodder for thought experiments.

The Future Oct 17

I had a chance to confront one of Jeffrey Epstein’s pals. I blew it.

What to do when you see former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak in an airport.

The Future Oct 14

I’m Upset: Tim Cook is a gigantic hypocrite

The supposedly high standard he has set for Apple doesn’t apply to Hong Kong.

The Future Oct 03

Trump 2020 is going to be great business for Facebook

Telling lies in paid advertisements? No problem!

The Future Oct 02

There is no mess Facebook won’t try to hide with a bigger mess

Surprise, Mark Zuckerberg and Co. have bad ideas about what‘s wrong with Facebook.

The Future Sep 25

WeWork is everything wrong with capitalism today

Adam Neumann's exit is just the beginning of bad times ahead.

The Future Sep 23

Sweetgreen’s latest word salad

Don’t believe a restaurant that tells you it’s a tech company

The Future Sep 19

The extremely bad vibes of Adam Neumann

WeWork's CEO has reached unseen levels of corporate absurdity.

Power Sep 12

If you work for a billionaire, you should never be laid off

Why is Jeff Bezos giving pink slips to anyone at the Washington Post?

The Future Sep 10

Destroy the MIT Media Lab

Its ties to Jeffrey Epstein are just the latest reason to do what should have been done years ago.