The Flawed Utopia of Consumerism: How Amazon is Delivering the Worst of a Nineteenth-Century Vision of the Future

Erstwhile editor Graeme Pente compares present visions of consumption to late-nineteenth-century predictions for the future and suggests troubling similarities. Early last week, online retail giant Amazon.com, Inc. released an advertisement for its projected Amazon Prime Air – “a future delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using small…

Re-Membering the Llano: California’s Multiple Histories as an Island

Erstwhile blogger Julia Frankenbach reflects on historical and contemporary notions of California as an exotic place. California has come together more than once. In multiple histories—in matter and in mind—the massive swath of land on the western cusp of North America assembled and assumed a place on the continent. My efforts to assemble memories of…