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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 Brain Bro

The Atlantic

The growing nootropics market, rooted in Silicon Valley’s culture of work, is exploring new and unsettling terrain in the name of productivity. 

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The Pill Freaks of Silicon Valley

New York Magazine

Morris takes a closer look at the culture of neuroenhancement purveyors through the story of Nootrobox, a San Francisco-based nootropics distributor.

 

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Why ‘Do What You Love’ Is Pernicious Advice

The Atlantic

For all its cultural power, the imperative to “do what you love” has left American workers in the unenviable position of “doing more for less.”

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What's So Bad About Being Bored at Work?

LitHub

Why does a lack of passion in or excitement for one’s daily labor elicit so much angst precisely when it is so widespread?

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What Happens When Work Becomes a Non-Stop Chatroom?

New York Magazine

Fischer’s interest is in the way Slack has amplified and altered forms of acceptable communication “in the workplace.”

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White Nationalists Wield Torches at Confederate Statue Rally

New York Times

Tensions are high over a decision to remove statues of Confederate generals in our hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia.

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On Monument Wars (Vol. 80)

Culture Briefing

Two pieces on the so-called “monument wars”—ongoing debates about efforts to remove or dramatically re-contextualize particular public memorials.

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Tempers Flare Over Removal of Confederate Statues in New Orleans

The New York Times

Fausset reports on the New Orleans monument wars, recording voices from different sides of the debate.

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Busted: America's Poverty Myths

WNYC

Gladstone explores the myths around poverty in America, highlighting the systemic nature of poverty and the public assumptions of how people become and stay poor.

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