Giacomo Bagnara

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MATERIAL WORLD

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Asia Pietrzyk

Christmas Dies Hard

The middle of a global pandemic might seem like a good time to cut back on holiday excess. But we live in America.

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Paul Spella / The Atlantic

I Gooped Myself

I spent $1,279 of The Atlantic’s money on creams, crystals, and a vibrator from Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness empire. Things got weird.