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Here we are in the season of tinsel and silver bells as the decade of the Teensies runs out. Shopping for your loved ones? Why not take a Brink’s truck of dimes and quarters to the new Carvana vending machine in your area and spend four-and-a-half days feeding them into the coin slot? This humdinger combines just about every angle of Late Decadent US culture: commerce without humans, instant gratification, disregard for the landscape, cars-as-totems, techno-narcissism…. They’re sprouting up all across the land. Prediction: the business model for this folly will blow up inside of 18 months. The conversion of these buildings into squats for the homeless will be interesting to follow. Happy Holidays everyone!  Thanks to Todd Holmes for the nomination!

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James Howard Kunstler is the author of many books including (non-fiction) The Geography of Nowhere, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, Home from Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology and the Fate of the Nation. His novels include World Made By Hand, The Witch of Hebron, Maggie Darling — A Modern Romance, The Halloween Ball, an Embarrassment of Riches, and many others. He has published three novellas with Water Street Press: Manhattan Gothic, A Christmas Orphan, and The Flight of Mehetabel.

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  1. liber8tor December 4, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

    Thank you James for many smiles and enlightenment from your great Blog. Happy Holidays to you as well.

    Yes, noticed the CARVANA vending machine yesterday from I-75 by the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. A ‘friggin vending machine for cars and trucks. lol (Actually, at night, it looks more like a big Rock-Ola jukebox) And better yet, it’s positioned right next to the giant spinning “guitar-in-sky”, located next to the Hard Rock Casino. What a cornucopia of visual delight at night.

    Millennials can now sit at home and order a car or SUV direct from the vending machine, and a tow truck will deliver it right to your front door. (This is almost better than feasting on greasyTaco Bell delivered by Grub Hub, or pedaling to nowhere on your Peleton). Is this a great country or what? (sarcasm off)

    Why anyone would even consider buying a used car without seeing it or driving it, is beyond me, but what do I know. I don’t enjoy tattoos and I think Beyonce is boring.


    • lateStarter December 6, 2019 at 10:17 am #

      @liber8tor: it might make an interesting concept for rentals if you could just insert your credit card, make you selection, and out pops you rental for the day/week/hour. Kind of the next step to the scooter rental market (don’t know if you have them in Tampa – they are all over the place in Warsaw Poland).

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