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What Our Weighted Blankets Tell Us About Our Late-Capitalist Angst

Existential crisis + magical thinking + Amazon Prime = the Gravity Blanket

An illustration of a person sleeping on a bed with their arm dangling off the side. A weighted blanket covers their body.
Image: Malte Mueller/Getty Images

II first heard of the Gravity Blanket in a moment when the world outside my window seemed to be visibly falling apart. It was December 2019. I was living in Paris, which had ground to a halt amid the worst general strikes in…

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Summer Brennan

Summer Brennan

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Summer Brennan is an award-winning investigative journalist and author of The Oyster War, High Heel, and The Parisian Sphinx (forthcoming from HMH).