Why We Need Bohemia

You walk into a room that is somehow visually attractive but is clearly not the work of any decorator. There are beautiful objects, weird objects, forgotten coffee cups, and lots of things leaning against walls or tossed in stacks. The furniture is mismatched and so...

Artists and Authenticity

In a culture that is increasingly homogenized and obsessed with what’s trending, authenticity is a quality Americans tend to seek elsewhere, traveling to far-flung corners of the planet where people aren’t so desperate to fit into what the media tell us we should...

Bohemian charm

The phrase “bohemian charm” was frequently applied to descriptions of San Francisco, in the days when people could afford the bohemian lifestyle here. There’s no more real bohemian charm left in this city, for the simple reason that there is no bohemia. We have the...

The Age of the Artist

Human history has come to this: for the first time since the dawn of man, work is disappearing as an inevitable part of life. Automation has replaced people already in many jobs, like receptionists and factory workers. Self-driving trucks are already on the road, and...

Why People Want to Live in Arty Neighborhoods

The pattern is widely recognized: the artists move into a sketchy neighborhood and make it cool. The people who love the cool stuff move in. Once their neighborhood becomes fashionable, the artists can’t afford to live there any more, and the neighborhood loses what...



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