Even before the pandemic, American culture was embracing numbness as an antidote for the overload of digital capitalism. But is it a real escape — or another trap?
The water was a warm embrace from the void — a little death, as a treat.
This aspiration toward disappearance made luxury synonymous with seeing, hearing, owning and even feeling less.
Quarantine has been widely regarded as a radical break in our daily lives and the ways we interact with the world, but in truth it’s simply an overdose of the indulgences a certain segment of the population was dabbling in already.