Rachael Monroe recently had an article in The New Yorker entitled #Vanlife, the Bohemian Social-Media Movement. The subtitle explains: “What began as an attempt at a simpler life quickly became a life-style brand.”
Much of the article is a profile of Emily King and Corey Smith, who live in a van full-time and support themselves through product placements on social media, especially Instagram.
I read most of it aloud to my wife and frequently had to pause until she stopped laughing.
I know it’s partly confirmation bias, but I keep coming across discussions of dishes as a point of conflict. Here’s the passage in the article:
Everything is magnified, because it’s such a small space,” King told me. “The trash is in our face, the dishes are in our face, Corey is in my face, I’m in his face. Any personality conflicts, ego conflicts, it’s all right there.”
Most of the couple’s fights revolve around organization: when and how often to sweep out the van; whether they can wait until the morning to do the dishes; if they’re posting frequently enough. Smith is neat, and a self-described “planner”; when stressed, he can edge toward control-freak territory. (One afternoon, he watched me tear into a bag of corn chips and shook his head in disappointment. “You open bags wrong, too,” he said.) This regularly brings him into conflict with King, who is more flexible and fanciful, and occasionally prone to sloppiness.