I’m a writer specializing in 21st-century phenomena — particularly those related to work-life, global culture and the internet.
Empty supermarket shelves at a supermarket in Frankfurt, Germany

It’s been many months now since COVID-19 has started to ravage the world. Like many other countries, Germany imposed a relatively strict nationwide lockdown in early March. This measure certainly helped to contain the spread of the virus. …

Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

If you’ve recently browsed Amazon for electronics, chances are you’ve stumbled across a brand called Amazon Basics. Amazon Basics is an Amazon house label which specialises in electronics and household goods. This includes items such as cables, ink cartridges, portable speakers, batteries, air conditioners, paper shredders, toasters, blenders, kettles, etc.

A Love Story

Typical snacks and fast food sold at a South Korean convenience store. Image courtesy of Sharon Hahn Darlin. (CC-BY-2.0)

Last summer, I came across the Bodega Project: a series of articles from Electric Literature profiling convenience stores across New York City. This intimate and colourful portrayal of the city’s inhabitants correctly recognises convenience stores as pillars of urban life. The project’s premise immediately resonated with me…

Ramen is the fuel that powers the 34 million people of Tokyo. During the day, it keeps the salary-men busily typing away at their desks. At night, it provides sustenance to party-goers as they cross the sprawling metropolis. And on weekends, it offers the severely hungover savory respite from their…

Sebastian Andrei

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