Installation 6: November 28, 2019
In my last letter, I speculated that I might soon write more about cars. Well … it’s happened.
For the New York Times Magazine––this Sunday’s edition, but online today for your T-giving reading needs–––I wrote about viral videos of people falling asleep in their Teslas. 😬!
For The New Yorker, I wrote a short piece to go with some photographs by Jonathan Castillo, who takes inventive candid photos of Los Angelenos sitting at red lights. 🚗.
Relatedly: My Guardian article about pedestrian fatalities––the story that got me started on car culture stuff––is now available as a podcast. 🎧.
Unrelatedly: last month, I wrote a 20th-birthday piece for The New Yorker about “Fight Club” (the film) turning 20 years old. In search of something remotely novel to say about this endlessly analyzed movie, I called up “Fight Club” superfans I found on Reddit, talked to my librarian about why she hates it, revisited the “pickup artist” scene of the 2000s, and even went to see “Joker.” I think I can safely say that I … doubt I will ever write about “Fight Club” again! 🤼♂️.
That’s it for now, —Peter