Citing examples in television and literature, Nick Martens discusses how fictitious elements can supplement the truth in non-fiction. Stranger Than Non-Fiction
Pre-election Nick Martens addresses a letter to post-election Nick Martens. Dear Wednesday, From Monday
Pundit Nick Martens contemplates the classic power of the big, banner headline. PANIC!
Nick Martens looks back on the little playlist-sharing website that could. In Memoriam: Muxtape
Nick Martens revisits Scott McCloud’s comic about comics, and compares it to the artist’s recent work for Google. Reinventing “Reinventing Comics”
Nick Martens employs rigorous aesthetic philosophy to figure out what makes a great podcast. On Modernist Podcasting
Having seen the light while studying abroad in Amsterdam, Nick Martens contrasts that bicycle Nirvana with the American cycling cesspool. The Problem with Biking in America
Apple, Inc. CEO Steve Jobs has been known for two things: turtlenecks and tantrums. Nick Martens examines the idiosyncratic mind behind Apple and how the company’s recent missteps reveal truth behind its leader. On Steve Jobs, and His Temperament
Americans are afraid that their jobs are endangered by foreign competition, but in reality, the threat is not Chinese people, but robots! In the interest of choosing a suitable career path, Nick Martens outlines when and how the best human jobs will be taken over by machines. A Timeline of Obsolescence
In an age of unbelievable artistic abundance, Nick Martens urges us to slow down and re-examine the works that really matter. Why Re-Read?
Nick Martens inaugurates the (delayed) redesign of The Bygone Bureau. Editor’s Note: Two Point Oh
Wrapping up his stay in Amsterdam, Nick Martens presents a photo story recapping his favorite spots in the city. Categories include Best Place for Nerds to Get Stoned, Least Surprisingly Empty Women’s Clothing Store, and various awards for typographic signage. Netherlands: Best of Amsterdam in Pictures