Olivia Erlanger and Luis Ortega Govela
The land of the American Dream is the land of the American Dreamer, or really, mythmaker. Apple employees once described Steve Jobs’s uncanny ability to make reality out of fiction, by telling untruths that people got so hyped about that they helped accomplish whatever he was after, as the operation of a Reality Distortion Field, a term they borrowed from Star Trek. The garage has been the site of RDFs since its inception—from startups to garage bands to teenage escapes and mancaves. Even its very history, told through Lloyd Wright’s careful distortions, has been one of reality disconnect, distortion, and re-invention.