By Ian Corbin

April 17, 2020

Washington Post

In the months and years to come, Americans should reclaim the joys, advantages, burdens and pains of multigenerational living. The desire for things to return to normal is understandable, but this crisis has shined a light on just how dysfunctional American normality has become.

By Ian Corbin

January 5, 2020

American Interest

A wide-ranging essay exploring how Americans' attitudes towards our finite, mortal bodies contribute to the growing problem of social fragmentation / isolation. 

By Ian Corbin

January 2, 2020

The Washington Examiner 

The experience of solitude is a necessary precursor for community, creativity and leadership. It is also increasingly scarce in our screen-dominated world, especially for the economically disadvantaged. A new study shows that poor children spend an average of 8.5 hours a day looking at screens, 2 hours more than wealthy children.  

Analog Anchors for the Online Adrift:

How Moleskine sells durability to ephemeral selves

By Ian Corbin

Summer 2019

The New Atlantis

" Perhaps the greatest social challenge of the coming decades will be the reinvigoration of widespread mind-sharing between actual, embodied, particular people. "

By Amar Dhand

June 25, 2019


" Getting to the hospital quickly is essential for treating heart attacks, strokes, and other medical emergencies. You might guess that spouses or family members would be best at reacting quickly. You’d be wrong. "

By Ian Corbin

February 10, 2019



" Opioids allow you to slip away. It’s a drug for those who don’t want to play the game anymore, who feel disposed of and useless. Opioids also duplicate the natural chemicals our bodies produce in response to sex, friendship, holding our children, etc. They are a chemical community for the lonely and isolated. "

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