Bug Out / The New Inquiry

What’s crawling underneath the fantasy of an insect-free home? WE who live in homes still strive for them to be bug-free, or at least occupied by as few bugs as possible. The proliferation of exterminators and other “pest control” companies like Orkin position bugs as terrible things that could invade your home. Their advertising suggests […]

Joe Cool / The New Inquiry

TODAY’S consumerism is riddled with elaborate and often meaningless choices: Which brand of pasta should you buy? Would that be best with Ragu, Amy’s Organic, or Muir Glen marinara sauce? Should that be accompanied by Kraft or DiGiorno preshredded parmesan? Who cares. As psychologist Barry Schwartz’s book The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less […]

Tinderization of Feeling / The New Inquiry

LIVING with a sense of overwhelming choice means exerting an insane amount of emotional energy in making the most banal decisions. What should you watch on Hulu tonight? Make a Facebook status asking for recommendations. Tweet the question to your followers. After perusing for an hour, settle comfortably into Seinfeld, which you’ve seen a million […]

How to Win Tinder / The New Inquiry

By ALICIA ELER AND EVE PEYSER Tinder involves managing the vulnerability of “putting oneself out there” by playing it like a video game. “We saw some beautiful things here. Things we’ll never forget … Everyone was just trying to find themselves. God it was so nice to get a break from reality for a little while.” — From […]