Tanvi Misra is a staff writer for CityLab covering immigrant communities, housing, economic inequality, and culture. She also authors Navigator, a weekly newsletter for urban explorers (subscribe here). Her work also appears in The Atlantic, NPR, and BBC.
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Today, something different.
Angela Chen, a science journalist at The Verge, alerted CityLab to a raging debate on the internet—or, at least, on this one Tumblr page. The urgent question: What is the right cartographic representation of the area where Jason Derulo knows what girls want?
“‘Cause I know what the girl them need,
New York to Haiti.”
And then later:
“I know what the girl them want,
London to Taiwan.”
So, what would this proportion of the world where Mr. Derulo claims to know what girls want look like on a map? Two theories emerge. The first:
And the alternative:
What we’re writing:
CityLab’s Sarah Holder recently walked into a mattress store, loved it, and wondered why anyone would buy mattresses online, so she did a little digging. Here’s her story about how the mattress store conquered hearts and minds in America:
But the mattress has always been so much more than a space for sleep. “It’s where most people, after all, were conceived and born; where they lay convalescing from illness, made love, and where they died,” said Ekirch of the world’s historical obsession with the bed.
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What we’ve been taking in:
Chengdu, China: The city that has “emerged as the proving ground for a new generation of Chinese hip-hop artists.” (Guernica) ¤ This is your grandmother’s couch. (Collectors Weekly) ¤ “We are African-American chefs who have come to Ghana to learn about the cooking of our ancestors.” (Bon Appetit) ¤ In defense of men who love minivans. (Mel) ¤ The invisible migrants in Dubai’s vegetable market. (Popula) ¤ Two tribal women from India, two very different fates. (The New Yorker) ¤