Tag: logistics

Logistical Fictions

The Breakfast Machine

One of the more familiar examples of Rube Goldberg machines, Pee-wee’s elaborate contraption, while not at all efficient in the conventional sense, seems to operate precisely to the particulars that Herman has specified. Global logistics shares some important distinctions with what might be termed logistics at the small-scale (tabletop, or perhaps, factory floor logistics), and […]

Writing

Manifests of the Standing-Reserve

Recently I’ve had the chance to give some talks on the history of trade infrastructure, bills of lading, factories, and the intellectual history of “supply.” I shared a similar version of this talk at both the Neil Postman Conference and the Media, Materiality, and Infrastructures workshop here at NYU, so I thought I’d do so […]