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.
For a lot of my childhood and adolescence, I was living in rural or semi-rural areas, and “old” meant something maybe a century or two old. When I went away to college, my roommate freshman year was a guy who’d gone to an English public school which had two gates; the “new gate” was from the mid-1400s. In Japan, tradition and longevity are reverenced, but they can also make businesses surprisingly resilient. Ichiwa, in Kyoto, sells one thing: mochi (Japanese rice cakes) which are served one way (grilled) with one sauce (sweet white miso), and for drinks, you can have your choice of any kind of tea as long as it’s green. Doing one thing and doing it well, it seems, can really pay off, and the risk-averse, cash-accumulating practices of Japan’s shinise (traditionally run, centuries-old companies) insulate them well against the vagaries of fate. As a friend of mine was told by his dad when he started his first company, “Remember, son, nobody ever went out of business taking a profit.”
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
I’m not a superstitious person myself, but I am a committed creature of habit who loves his daily rituals and is deeply fascinated by other people’s superstitions and fixations. Enter this story from ArtNet News all about auctioneers, their cherished gavels, and the things they do to ensure good results before a sale. To make things even better, a certain someone who you’ll all likely recognize sits right at the top of the list.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Manager of Editorial Products
I’m a bit late to the game (and by a bit, I mean two years late), but while I was binging Broken Bell videos on YouTube, I happened across their performance for La Blogothèque. La Blogothèque is a music channel dedicated to creating memorable performances in innovative ways. Sound On Sound takes a deep dive into one of La Blogothèque’s most ambitious and complicated music videos, Justin Timberlake’s “Say Something,” shot in one take and recorded live. As someone who worked in live television for an extensive period of time, the difficulties and technical prowess it takes to film something of this scale are remarkable, and they do it all while managing to capture it in their own artistic light. If you liked this, make sure to check out their video for Maggie Rogers’ “Lights On.”
– Shahed Khaddash, Video Editor
This past week, news broke that Warner Bros. plans to release its entire 2021 slate (including the forthcoming 2020 film, Wonder Woman 1984) on HBO Max concurrently with a theatrical run. Upon hearing this, I was immediately struck with the feeling that this was the final nail in the coffin for movie theaters. I have since come around on that, and took comfort in this article I read by Washington Post chief film critic Ann Hornaday. In this piece, she makes a strong case for why the movie theater experience is not obsolete, and why – despite obvious hardships – it still has a future. The article walks through the plight of movie houses in 2020, and even draws comparisons between our reality and the Pixar film, WALL*E. If you’re feeling down on the future of cinema, give this a read.
– Danny Milton, Editor
Music is something that can be utterly transporting when deployed correctly. You can hear a particular song and be instantly reminded of a night long ago, when you were younger and your problems were so much simpler. Radiooooo.com (five Os, keep in mind) was built on this concept, calling itself a “Musical Time Machine” capable of taking you anywhere in the world at any time. Pick a country and a decade on its intuitive world map to hear music that hails from that locale and that time period; let your imagination run wild with what it might have been like to live there at that time. Do you love the slick vibes of 1980s America? There’s a station for that. Wanting to learn what folks in Russia were listening to in the 1950s? You can do that too. Or, if you’re a boring cliché like myself, you can pop on the 1960s France station, put your feet up, and waste the weekend away.
– Dakota Gardner, Web Editor
Lead image by Jules D.