The Cost of Ghost Towns in Connecticut and Detroit

Also, a casino baron named Herb bought a package of 6,000 Detroit foreclosures for 3.2 million dollars, which is the cost of FOUR abandoned CT towns. Maybe it’s just because his name is Herb, but he sounds kind of nice:

Airbnb: Bad For New York, Great For Me

I guess like most things in this new disrupted world of ours, I think Airbnb is bad for New York, but when family is in town and needs a place to stay, that’s exactly where I send them. On her last visit, my mom stayed in a place one block from us for $60/night.

Screwing Myself With The Credit Card I Swore I’d Pay Off Every Month

I am a person who puts debit cards in her pocket and then leaves them there, and then goes a week without it and is just like, “Okay, I don’t know where my debit card is, I know it’s somewhere in a coat pocket or a jeans pocket or a tote bag, I’ll look for it later.”

What Does a Venture Capitalist Do All Day?

Kevin Roose interviewed Marc Andreessen, a partner at Andreesseen Horowitz who is famous for being bald, saying crazy shit on Twitter, and other tech things. The interview is full of gems (Andreessen kind of says he supports a universal basic income?! He concedes that, “yeah, the meritocracy works if you know the right people.”)

It’s Heating Season In New York City

I spent all night freezing my ass off and debating whether I should get out of bed to put on a sweatshirt, which means it must be late October in my rented apartment!

The Cost of Things At My Annual Physical

Yesterday I went to the doctor for my annual physical, another random practice I found on Zocdoc since my insurance is always changing or not existing and, well, I’ve only gotten an annual physical one other time in my life.

1 Things in The Stream, That is What We Are

Thursday is a great day to do that 1 thing you don’t want to do but also don’t want to continue thinking about doing.

Witchy Feelings About My Index Fund

I am guided by an idea of Fate that I don’t exactly agree with intellectually but still, it underlies a lot of my decisions. So I handed 2/3rds of my money over to fate, an opportunist at last. Show me the motherfucking money, money.

I Bought Some Jeans on Sale at The Gap And Now I’m a Person Again

I was the only person in Gap at 9:30 in the morning on a Saturday, which I would recommend for anyone who has tried to avoid thinking about their body for a very long time and is ready to face the music in the most boring way possible and at a 40% discount.

The Price of David Sedaris’ Briefcase in 1993, in 2014

David Sedaris, writer of FitBit native advertising for The New Yorker, did an AMA today. Through which I learned that Mademoiselle used to pay a lot of money. And/or probably still does if you are David Sedaris. Probably everything does!  

What was the first lavish gift you bought your self with your first large check?

I bought myself, with the very first piece I ever sold to a magazine, which was Mademoiselle, an Il bisonte leather briefcase.

in tiny needling voice

It was in 1993…

I do not know what this leather briefcase cost in 1993 but in 2014 it costs $1528. With shipping, $1565.50.

That though, is a damn fine briefcase. Buying something memorable for yourself with your first big anything falls under Ester’s / late capitalism’s advice to “make purchases feel like experiences.”