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My annual spring cleaning came late this year, no doubt a consequence of emerging from what feels like a collective pandemic-induced slumber. …


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Since the start of the pandemic, over 6,600 incidents of anti-Asian hate crimes have been documented by the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center, with countless others left unreported due to fear and shame. There have been verbal taunts and slurs, physical assaults, and a shooting spree in Atlanta that killed…


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The family-run business DemeTech is a medical suture maker based in Miami that pivoted to manufacturing N95 masks in response to ongoing shortages of protective gear for frontline medical workers. …


What we know about the current status of digital vaccine passports

It’s been less than one month since President Joe Biden took office, and at the top of his agenda are executive orders to better organize and track Covid-19 data to curb the pandemic. One possible solution that’s been gaining more traction in recent days? Vaccine passports. …


Fixation

From Dilbert through the ’90s to The Office in the early 2000s and Silicon Valley in the 2010s, white-collar office satire has long served as a coping mechanism to process the frustration (and, occasionally, existential dread) that accompanies accepting your role in late capitalism. Pandemic work memes — the latest…


You can thank masks — and Zoom

America is having a plastic surgery and Botox bonanza, thanks to the pandemic. According to RealSelf.com, the Yelp for cosmetic procedures, “appointment bookings spiked 71% in October,” Zara Stone reports for Marker, and the trend is expected to continue in 2021. It’s a surprising economic indicator of how people are…


‘For much of this year, if not longer, testing will be essential’

Vaccine distribution is underway, but states and cities across the nation will have to remain vigilant about testing its residents on a daily basis to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus during the cold winter months. According to the Harvard Global Health Institute, states like Minnesota will have to process…


A strategy from “Black Wall Street” may hold the key to saving struggling Main Street businesses today argues author Douglas Rushkoff. The Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a thriving Black community during the early 1900s before being razed to the ground by a white mob that killed as many…


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The $99 billion pet-retail economy is booming, thanks to a surge in pandemic puppies and kittens: Chewy’s shares have more than doubled since the start of the year, Petco rebranded itself as a health and wellness company ahead of its IPO, and dog-supplies startup, BarkBox, recently announced it would go…


With fewer hours of daylight and countless workers on the brink of mental exhaustion, writer Maya Kosoff argues that it only makes sense to take winter Fridays off. Earlier this spring, Marker made a similar recommendation for corporate America to use this year’s remote work upheaval to adopt a four-day…

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Senior Editor, Medium. Founding Editor of Index. Previously, The Atlantic.

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