Hello, and Happy Friday. Welcome to the inaugural issue of “The Algebra of Need”, a weekly newsletter on journalism, media, literature and technology, with the occasional post on capitalism, poker and running – all obsessions near and dear to my heart.
A note on the name. It comes from the introduction to William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch:
Junk yields a basic formula of “evil” virus: The Algebra of Need. The face of “evil” is always the face of total need… Beyond a certain frequency need knows absolutely no limit or control.