The Outline


Culture Aug 22

I promise that you’ll never find another brand lover like me

A look at Taylor Swift’s extensive corporate history, ahead of her new album.

The Future Aug 22

Help! I’m an empath being attacked by an emotional vampire!

How social media enabled the memeification of mental health.

Culture Aug 22

I’m Upset: Stop asking me to go on an adventure

Sorry, men of Tinder, but finding a burrito spot does not make you a thrillseeker.

Culture Aug 21

All the world’s a stage, especially when you have no job prospects

Believe it or not, life as a travelling theater actor making $225 a week performing Shakespeare for high school students isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Culture Aug 21

Apps are definitely changing our sexual behavior, we’re just not sure how

Plenty of analysis has whiffed on diagnosing the impact of dating apps on our behavior — but that doesn’t mean we’re immune.

The Future Aug 21

The slow erosion of Northern Pakistan

Glacial thaw threatens to disrupt the livelihood of millions of people in the Pakistani province of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Power Aug 20

The fight to make soccer less fun

The Video Assisted Referee is transforming soccer. It is also revealing some of the deepest contradictions about the ways we think about law, power, and politics.

Power Aug 20

We the undersigned would like philosophy to remain quite useless

A recent op-ed in the ‘New York Times’ argues, foolishly, that philosophy is in danger of becoming too political.

Culture Aug 20

Walter Mercado couldn’t have predicted this

A new Miami exhibit celebrates the Puerto Rican astrologer, who opened a window into self-care and spiritual wellness for millions of viewers.

Culture Aug 19

Inside the VHS-only documentary about the most mysterious musical collective ever

A new movie about the Elephant 6 Recording Company, which housed bands like Neutral Milk Hotel, of Montreal, and the Olivia Tremor Control, receives an unconventional release.

Power Aug 19

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the only wonder our world has produced

If you want to judge a society, judge it by its trash.

Culture Aug 16

What we loved this week: Revisiting ‘Eastbound & Down,’ falling for Blueface’s absurdity, unfortunately enjoying a podcast

Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of August 12, 2019.

The Future Aug 16

A Good Place: Learning to live off the land with the Bob Ross of primitive technology

John Plant’s ‘Primitive Technology’ YouTube channel helps you build everything you need for a life survived simply.

Culture Aug 15

AAFU: Should I end things with my much-younger partner?

I think it might be better to save ourselves pain in the future.

Culture Aug 15

Riding a chauffeured motorcycle is the saddest thing a rich person can do

A moment in the new season of HBO’s ‘Succession’ highlighted a very real phenomenon that feels like the perfect metaphor for why the world is going to hell on a hog.

Power Aug 15

Thursday is the best day

You heard me.

Power Aug 14

Marianne Williamson isn’t kooky, she’s just religious

Attempts to parse the presidential candidate’s unlikely success will always fail if they don’t confront this simple truth.

Power Aug 14

Oh no! Oh damn! I fell in love with New York

It is frankly humiliating to feel like this.

Culture Aug 14

No shit, video games are political. They’re conservative.

The video game industry claims its products avoid politics, but that’s a lie.

Power Aug 13

Can I be objective about the beauty of my son?

Traditional aesthetics cannot account for his sweet little face.