Each week, our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and settle in.
While for many of us, a pizza box might serve as just another obstacle in the way of consuming a delicious pie, it’s something more to Scott Weiner, who spent his 2010s gathering a collection of over 1,500 pizza boxes. While I’ve never been one to judge another person’s passion (we’re no strangers to the collecting bug at HODINKEE), pizza boxes never struck me as particularly noteworthy – but boy, was I wrong. This fascinating Atlas Obscura profile takes a close look at Weiner’s one-of-a-kind interest, how it’s influenced his career in a positive way, and some of the more artistically interesting boxes in his collection. It’s a fun, pepperoni cup-laced read that reminds me that a genuine enthusiasm for any topic is something worth cherishing, and that the most collectible objects might just be hidden in plain sight. Now excuse me while I go grab a slice.
– Logan Baker, Editor, HODINKEE Shop
You ever get one of those now-cliche spam emails trying to steal your credit card or personal information and wonder, “does this ever work?” In short, yes, like to the tune of $ 430 million. Some of you may be familiar with the flashy Instagram presence of Raymond “Hushpuppi” Abbas, which often features expensive cars, high-end clothing, and, of course, luxury watches. Well, as it turns out, not all of these items were paid for via Hushpuppi’s day job as a property developer. To wit, Abbas was arrested last week for his involvement in a series of crimes that appear to be worth $ 430 million. More impressively, the cops found more than $ 37 million in cash at Hushpuppi’s home (that’s a lot of bones) and seized more a dozen luxury cars during the arrest. It’s often said that Instagram isn’t real life, but this is a big step further – the story of a public persona supported by a deeply seedy and hidden lifestyle.
– James Stacey, Senior Writer.
The recently released Wind of Change podcast by Pineapple Street Studios and Crooked Media probably wouldn’t have gained as much traction had it been released several years ago. But now, we’re more open to the idea that there’s always more than meets the eye. This podcast explores how the CIA has used media to influence public thought throughout history and asks a larger question about how it may have been used in the falling of the Berlin Wall. It’s an absolutely fascinating story, and it’s well-researched to boot. I listened to it in one entire session while cruising through backroads late at night and can’t stop wondering if there’s more to the stories I thought I knew.
– Cole Pennington, Editor
Weekends are a great time to kick back, unwind, and listen to good music, putting the stresses of the week behind you. I discovered Phoebe Bridgers through a side project she was involved in with Conor Oberst called Better Oblivion Community Center. I started listening to her solo work a few months ago and was immediately struck by her songwriting, her voice, and the overall vibe she creates. As a bit of background, I grew up on Elliott Smith, so her quite literal ties to the late, great singer-songwriter (the titular song on her newest album is about him) definitely drew me in. Her newest album, Punisher was released about two weeks ago, and I have probably had it – and the track titled “Kyoto” – on repeat since that time. It is quite a sprawling work, equal parts pop-rock and somber-acoustic. If you find yourself in need of some new tunes, I definitely recommend throwing this album on over the long weekend.
– Danny Milton, Editor
It’s probably not the most important invention of the 20th century, but the Sony Walkman changed our relationship to music for good. Sure, music has always been an intimate art form, but it was never quite so personal as when you strapped on a pair of headphones for the first time and scored your own journey through the world around you. Modern urban life owes a great deal to the Walkman, and this piece in The New Yorker follows that path through to the iPod and our current musical landscape. The next time I put my headphones on to go for a walk, I’ll be sure to say thanks to this humble little box of music.
– Dakota Gardner, Web Editor
Lead image by Jeffrey Blum.