Giacomo Bagnara

Material World

An old-timey crowd floods into a store with a giant Amazon logo superimposed on it.
Dick Whittington Studio / Corbis / Getty ; The Atlantic

People Liked Malls

Amazon appears to have discovered that the fastest, freest shipping is picking stuff up in person.

illustration of green coronavirus as wreath with blinking lights
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.

The writer's face, partially obscured by a pile of Goop products
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.