Reimagining the Common Good


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

The Good

On Becoming Instafamous

This week’s pieces explore two examples of new cultural authorities emerging in “the collapsing distance between brand and life”: “vanlife” and the “mommy blog.”

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 92

The Good


Rachel Monroe profiles two entrepreneurial nomads, Emily King and Corey Smith, who are at the forefront of a “bohemian social-media movement” called “#vanlife.”

By Rachel Monroe | Vol. 92

The Good


Bosker profiles the parents behind Barefoot Blond, a blog that blurs the line between parenting and fashion with 250,000 monthly readers and 1.3 million Instagram followers.

By Bianca Bosker | Vol. 92

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