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Rates of depression (now the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the W.H.O.) and suicide are climbing; addictive behavior is rampant.
- MICHAEL POLLAN, MY ADVENTURES WITH THE TRIP DOCTORS, NYT, MAY 15, 2018


And so the central pleasure of watching Friends — the feeling of being cosseted in a familiar place, free of worries, surrounded by friends — has never been quite so longed-for as it is now. Paulina McGowan, who is 21, was born in 1994, the year Friends debuted. Watching it now, she says, “It would be awesome to be alive back then, when everything didn’t seem so intense. It just seemed really fun.”
- ADAM STERNBERGH, Is ‘Friends’ Still the Most Popular Show on TV?, Vulture ["This article appears in the March 21, 2016 issue of New York Magazine."]


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