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.
Learning about the solar system always made me wonder: When are we going back to the moon? I remember hearing about Neil Armstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon, and his 1969 journey on the Apollo 11 mission. I remember his iconic phrase, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But, after so many different changes in our society, we now have a new team going to the moon. If you want to learn more about who is planning to make that one small step for women, check out this article in National Geographic by Nadia Drake.
– Tiffany Wade, Photographer
Right when college ended, I applied to the Antarctic Support Program that defense contractor Raytheon was running at the time (now Lockheed has the contract). The program staffed support roles at McMurdo Station; I applied to be a line cook, janitor, and bus driver. The challenging environment was incredibly attractive to me, even though I despise cold weather. Working in Antarctica, and everything that would have come with it, seemed like the furthest thing away from sitting in an office and letting my brain turn to mush. Perfect. I didn’t get any of the positions. But life worked out anyway.
In November, Outside Magazine ran an incredible piece about college student Luna Soley working in Maine’s “Down East” region on a lobster boat during the pandemic. Something she wrote stuck out to me: “‘This is not our life on hold,’ I’d texted a friend as the prospect of returning to school in the fall became increasingly uncertain. ‘This is our life.’ Over the summer, I was determined not to join my peers for a déjà vu routine of odd jobs and high school friends.” Luna gets it. What ties together McMurdo Station and working in Maine’s lobster industry? The attitude that leads you there.
– Cole Pennington, Editor
I remember watching a video of Orson Welles on the Dick Cavett show explaining how easy he claimed the cinematic craft to be. “You know technically, the whole bag of movies can be learned in about a day and a half … I kid you not,” he said to an incredulous Cavett. Such was the personality of Welles, the wunderkind prodigy turned Hollywood persona non grata. His films are modern myths – each with its own behind-the-scenes lore. With the release of David Fincher’s Mank this past week on Netflix (a movie I definitely recommend), The Ringer wrote a piece on the enigmatic Welles, getting to the bottom of what makes him such a fascinating figure to this day.
– Danny Milton, Editor
Some songs have brilliant orchestration and arrangement, and that’s why they stick out years later. Others have an instantly understandable vibe which makes them impossible to shake. Otis Redding’s astonishing single, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” falls squarely into the latter camp, deploying unto its audience a sense of solitude, introspection, and calm refreshment. There are many myths about its creation, stoked on by the tragic fact that Redding died in a plane crash shortly before its release. Co-writer and Stax/Volt icon Steve Cropper tried his best to offer the full story to Rolling Stone in this article from 2017, which is worth a read not only for its look at the production of this wonderful single, but also for its depiction of one of music’s most soulful and unique stars.
– Dakota Gardner, Web Editor
How many of you have rekindled a former passion in the recent weeks and months? For me, it’s been poetry; I’ve returned to the books I frequented in a former life, while also delving into ones that have long been recommended to me, but that I never previously got around to reading. The one poem I’ve read almost every day over the last few weeks is “A Green Crab’s Shell,” by Mark Doty, which I’d like to share with you this weekend. First published in 1995, “A Green Crab’s Shell” offers a masterclass in the art of description. The colors. The scene-setting. The action. The beauty. There’s just so much detail placed in so few words, and it all serves a purpose – nothing is unnecessary.
– Logan Baker, Editor, HODINKEE Shop
Lead image by Stephen Walker