Welcome to The Crunchwrap! I’m Adam Chandler, a journalist based in New York and the author of the award-winning, fast food history Drive-Thru Dreams (Flatiron, 2019). My next book, 99% Perspiration is about the culture of work in America. Look out for it in January 2025 from Pantheon Books!

Here at Crunchwrap HQ, I’ll be sorting through news and current events, commerce and culture, ideas and passing fixations, roughly once or twice a week.

I have a couple of handy excuses for dubbing this newsletter The Crunchwrap: It’s my favorite item at Taco Bell (don’t sleep on the breakfast version) – it’s compact but substantive, and fairly easily digested. The Crunchwrap also has a little bit of everything inside – news, history, ground beef and rethermalized nacho cheese, lettuce and tomato, work and politics.

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