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Addison Del Mastro

Addison Del Mastro writes on urbanism and cultural history. Find him on Substack (The Deleted Scenes) and Twitter (@ad_mastro).

Articles by Addison Del Mastro (page 1)

March 17, 2023 5:30 am

A Forgotten Extinction Event in American Retail

The loss of the regional mid-sized discount department store deprived us of “deals” and left us with “stuff.”
Addison Del Mastro
March 2, 2023 5:30 am

Charting the Murky Prehistory of the Retail Supercenter

Walmart did not actually invent or import the concept. Instead, they studied decades of failed proto-supercenters before launching their own.
Addison Del Mastro
January 20, 2023 5:30 am

What the Weird Clash Over Gas Stoves Tells Us About Conservatives and Risk

Culture wars, conspiracism, and consumer welfare.
Addison Del Mastro
January 13, 2023 5:30 am

The Economic Secret Hidden in a Tiny, Discontinued Pasta

Ronzini says it didn’t want to halt sales of its star-shaped “pastina.” So why did it?
Addison Del Mastro
December 30, 2022 5:30 am

Do Androids Dream of Electric Stoves?

Or how I started worrying and then learned to love my new range and oven.
Addison Del Mastro
December 27, 2022 5:30 am

Should We Be More Skeptical of the ‘Digital Future’ After the COVID Experience?

It’s not just about what our machines can do. It’s about the kind of beings we are and the kind…
Addison Del Mastro
December 22, 2022 5:30 am

The Evolution of a Christmas Antipasto

How changing holiday food traditions keep vibrant family cultures alive from generation to generation. 
Addison Del Mastro
September 23, 2022 5:30 am

What Hardship Kitsch Does for Comfortable Millennials

It’s easy to romanticize struggle and deprivation when your life is missing the dramatic stakes you were taught to expect.
Addison Del Mastro
September 9, 2022 5:30 am

Living in a Home that Breathes

Windows, box fans, and the complications of technological progress.
Addison Del Mastro
August 1, 2022 5:30 am

Housing, Homelessness, and the Elephant in the NIMBY Room

Anxieties about having to deal with interlopers from a lower economic class are common even in the most socially insulated…
Addison Del Mastro