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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.

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Mental Health and Deaths of Despair

The sad news of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain has once again turned a spotlight on mental health and depression, and the resources available to help those they afflict.

By The New City Commons Staff | Vol. 112

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A Burnt-Out Case

St. Thomas Aquinas: “patron saint of burnout”?

By Jonathan Malesic | Vol. 111

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Punching the Clock

Graeber suggests that finding satisfaction in work may begin with the blunt recognition that much of contemporary work is—pardon his French—bullshit.

By David Graeber | Vol. 111

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On Burnout

Guest author Dr. Sumner Abraham, M.D. examines yet another effect of the changing nature of work: the proliferation of the phenomenon called burnout.

By Sumner Abraham | Vol. 111

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On Hacking Your Brain

This trend travels under many names—biohacking, smart drugs, cognitive enhancers—and represents the confluence of two currents we’ve been tracking.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 107

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On Hacking Your Brain

This trend travels under many names—biohacking, smart drugs, cognitive enhancers—and represents the confluence of two currents we’ve been tracking.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 98

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The Brain Bro

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

By Olga Khazan | Vol. 98

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The Pill Freaks of Silicon Valley

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

 

By Alex Morris | Vol. 98

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How 3 American Families Went Off The Grid In Search Of A Simpler Life

Sundeen explains his book “The Unsettlers”, highlighting three contemporary households that seek to “live within limits” imposed by the natural order.

By Mark Sundeen & Eric Westervelt | Vol. 94

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Shepherd James Rebanks: ‘My ambition is to be a really good nobody’

This interview explores the life of a “nobody”—shepherd and author James Rebanks, who wrote a bestselling memoir of his life raising sheep in England.

By James Rebanks & Kate Kellaway | Vol. 94

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