The 10 Best Artists of a Decade That Atomized Music

One clammy August night in 2011, newly relocated to New York City, I watched Music Twitter collectively lose its shit. Jay-Z and Kanye West had just released Watch the Throne, their buzzy, long-prayed-for joint album about wealth, class, and #BlackExcellence. The...

The 7 Best Albums of 2019

It was a curious time to make and consume music in 2019. The sounds came at us from every direction—via streaming platforms, from TikTok, the teen-dominated micro-entertainment app that favors impermanence, on YouTube and Instagram Stories, reverberating from darkened...

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Seas rage and the land grows weak. Pollutants cake the air. Fires, droughts, and outbreaks surge with a kind of unsympathetic wildness. The very earth oozes an irreversible, clotting heat. It’s agitated, ailing, and on the brink of complete and ineluctable...

The Future of Sex Work Slams Up Against Big Tech

Xavier Blanco was anxious for change. When I spoke with the 32-year-old New Yorker last week, curious about his motivations for joining OnlyFans after a decade working in a more buttoned-up line of business, he put it plainly, explaining he “needed an outlet for the...