Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt is author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do, now available in paperback. He is contributing editor to Artforum, Print, and I.D.; contributing writer to Design Observer; and has written for many publications, including Wired, the Wilson Quarterly, the New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books. He blogs at and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. You can follow him on Twitter at

Aug. 7 2009 11:20 AMWhat Ever Happened to the Playpen?How the kiddie enclosures fell out of favor.
July 8 2009 11:17 AMSmooth, SegwayHow the much-ridiculed personal transportation device finally found a niche.
June 9 2009 6:21 PMMen At WorkHow much does road construction really snarl up traffic?
May 1 2009 3:44 PMHonk If You're Going To Report This on the InternetWeb sites where you can complain about bad parkers, slow mergers, and that jerk who cut you off.
May 2 2008 7:13 AMLawn PoxChildren's play equipment and the decline of the American yard.
Sept. 8 2004 11:20 AMThe U.S. Army's New ClothesWhy has the Army redesigned its uniforms?
Feb. 20 2004 3:50 PMCourier, DispatchedHow the U.S. State Department put the kibosh on the typewriter font.
July 20 2009 6:54 AMDon't Be So SquareWhy American drivers should learn to love the roundabout.
June 16 2009 5:40 PMBeach Chairs in Times SquareHow closing Broadway to cars could solve a century of traffic woes.
May 15 2009 12:22 PMStop This Train!Are trains slower now than they were in the 1920s?
Dec. 30 2008 8:01 AMOops! She Crashed It Again.Why celebrities are such bad drivers.
July 18 2005 6:41 AMSelf-Storage NationAmericans are storing more stuff than ever.
May 11 2004 4:04 PMSimply the BestMoMA celebrates everyday objects.


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The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

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160 Countries Host Marches to Demand Action on Climate Change


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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