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.
Literary gadfly, Algonquin round table habitué, lover of carefully composed ethanol-based intoxicants, and a fixture at The New Yorker for many years, Dorothy Parker had been hired away from Vanity Fair by the legendary Harold Ross and continued to earn her reputation for barbed wit for the rest of her life, both there and in Hollywood, where she achieved success as a screenwriter. (Parker herself used to denigrate her own reputation as a wit, calling herself a mere “wisecracker.”) It’s perhaps less known that she was also an early and ardent supporter of the civil rights movement (she was blackballed by HUAC) and, finding herself towards the end of her life with a reasonable estate and strong commitment to the cause, she left everything – to his considerable surprise – to Martin Luther King. She had insisted on cremation, but after King’s assassination, her ashes went unclaimed for several years, before beginning a journey as involved and improbable as her life had been. The New Yorker (who else) has the story.
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
Sure, one can argue that an unremitting love of fall foliage is a prerequisite for joining the cult of the PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte, for the unacquainted). But no one can deny that there is something special about the parade of color that accompanies the changing of the seasons. Thankfully, Smoky Mountain Tourism has done the heavy lifting and built an interactive map that provides Instagrammers everywhere with an estimate of when they can expect peak foliage across the United States from now through the end of November. Grab a sweater and a camera and head out for a socially-distant (of course) stroll through your nearest forest.
– Sarah Reid, Advertising Manager
I’ll be honest, I don’t know a thing about color theory or terminology. I’m the type of person that looks the other way when Pantone comes up in conversation. Nevertheless, I still found Katy Kelleher’s recent essay on the color purple in The Paris Review to be just as captivating as it is beautifully written. Kelleher ties together an elaborate narrative that paints purple – with an eye on periwinkle, specifically – as one of the most complex of all colors. From Tyrian purple, born as a dye that required the secretion of thousands of snails to produce a single ounce, to how violet was essential to the European Impressionist movement (and even more so to their critics), the history and development of purple over time turns out to be far more interesting than I would have ever imagined. Through all the historical details, Kelleher’s passion for, and personal perspective on, periwinkle comes out clearly, and it’s hard not to share her appreciation by the end of the article.
– Logan Baker, Editor, HODINKEE Shop
One my favorite things about Alfred Hitchcock was his uncanny ability to engage an audience. A piece of promotional material for his classic film Psycho read, “The manager of the theatre has been instructed, at the risk of his life, not to admit to the theatre any persons after the picture starts.” I mean, talk about building intrigue. It is almost exactly the 60th anniversary of that iconic film (released September 8, 1960), and to celebrate, Variety put together a nice piece on the director and the impact Psycho had on Hollywood. One part I found especially interesting was that the article notes that Paramount Pictures expected audience resistance to the no-late-seating rule and were surprised when audiences complied. Hitchcock had that sort of effect. Sometimes, the backstory is as interesting as the film itself, and that is certainly the case here.
– Danny Milton, Editor
My observations from the various HODINKEE reader meetups have convinced me that if you love collecting watches, the likelihood of you appreciating a nice single-malt whisky is very high. Both subjects take dedication and passion to produce, and both can go up in value over time. Such is the case for a man from Taunton, England, who was gifted a bottle of Macallan Whisky every year on his birthday. After 28 years, Matthew Robson amassed an impressive collection of bottles serialized by year dating back to 1974. Robson had the sheer determination not to open any of them, and now, he’s reaping the rewards of his patience. The collection has been put up for sale for $ 53,000 (or £40,000), which he plans to use to help pay for a house. There is hope for my stamp collection yet.
– Andy Yang, Vice President, Commercial
Lead image by Balazs Busznyak