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.
Unlike your refrigerator, the world has more than one freezer, and up north, you have something called permafrost, which is, as they say, just what it says on the tin. Permafrost is a layer of soil which remains frozen from one season to the next, and for even longer – the oldest permafrost can be tens of thousands of years old. Like your freezer, permafrost can hold things in a kind of suspended animation. Not everything in the permafrost layer is good for thousands of years – freezer burn is a thing, after all – but things like bacterial spores and viruses can sometimes awaken, zombie-like, after millennia, and trouble the living (the thawing of permafrost led to an anthrax outbreak in Siberia in 2018). Scientific American talks about the long, cold quiet of permafrost which holds so many entities which appear to consigned to oblivion – and which makes us aware of the surprising dangers which may arise when warming permafrost releases what lies beneath.
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
I’m not going to lie – I welled up with a sense of pride when I saw this headline sitting on the front page of The New York Times‘ website earlier this week. I got my start in journalism writing about Savile Row as a 20-year-old study abroad student in London, and the Row is about as special a place as any on planet Earth for me. To see these incredible craftspeople and their struggles, ingenuity, and dedication celebrated like this makes me very proud to call many of them friends, and it has me jonesing for a trip to London worse than I can say.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Manger of Editorial Products
Roger Deakins is probably one of a handful of cinematographers – ever – that is a household name. He has served as the cinematographer on almost every single Coen Brothers film to date. In recent years, he has branched out a bit, manning the camera on Skyfall and Blade Runner 2049. During his prime Coen Brothers years, he shot some of the most beloved films of all time from The Big Lebowski to No Country for Old Men. One such film was Fargo, one of the earlier of his collaborations with the famed directing duo. American Cinematographer republished an interview with Deakins from 1996 about his work on the cult-classic, with some fascinating behind-the-scenes anecdotes. This is definitely worth a read for any film lover.
– Danny Milton, Editor
A few weeks ago, I watched hundreds of Kokanee salmon, a landlocked species of the fish, turn bright red and swim up the brooks and tributaries of Fish Lake, Utah, to spawn and perish. It was there that I learned just how beautiful the passing of life could be. I also saw, for the first time, a different form of life – the largest organism on earth: The Pando Aspen Grove. So when Leath Tonino explored his urge to sleep among the Aspens this week in Outside, it clicked in a way that it probably wouldn’t have before.
– Cole Pennington, Editor
The Weekend Round-Up is a safe space, so I feel like I can share this with you: Yes, I care about how I look on Zoom. I don’t spend Zoom calls looking at other people and silently judging their looks, mind you, and I suspect you don’t either. And yet, I can’t help but feel deeply insecure about my own image staring back at me. I am blessed (cursed?) to work with some deeply stylish and fashionable people, yet there I am in the top corner – second from the left – blurry, shadowy, and sad. Apparently this is not merely vanity, according to The Atlantic, but rather, a deeply common human experience. So common, in fact, that some intrepid remote workers took to an unlikely place to solve their Zoom Insecurity: the world of Instagram influencers. After all, as author Amanda Mull points out, “The pandemic has made influencers out of us all.”
– Dakota Gardner, Web Editor
Lead image by Thomas Kelley