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.
One of the most fascinating aspects of obsessively watching the World Cup is learning about previously unknown players and places – the Russian city of Kaliningrad, for instance, which hosted some early group stage matches. Nestled between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea, the territory is Russia’s westernmost outpost, having been given to the Soviet Union as part of the Potsdam Agreement in 1945.
– Will Holloway, Director of Content
By conventional wisdom, Damien Hirst is a has-been, with his work conspicuously absent from the gallery and auction house system. Since a 2008 Sotheby’s auction that netted $200 million the day after the bankruptcy filing of Lehmann Brothers, the art press has framed his disappearance as a tale of hubris and deserved downfall. The reality is far more complex, confounding purists and cynics alike.
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
What do you get when a computer bot watches a thousand hours of Olive Garden commercials and then generates its own script? Pasta nachos, lasagna wings with extra Italy, and unlimited stick. This script has become a fav among the HODINKEE staff and it is remarkable both for the accuracy of the framework and the absurd nature of the fine details. It’s hilarious, weirdly inhuman, and just slightly creepy. Leave without me, I’m home. (Update: It has come to our attention that this script was not actually written by a bot. It is nevertheless very funny and worth a read).
– James Stacey, Senior Writer
The grand prize was taken home by Reiko Takahashi for her tail-side photograph of a humpback whale calf cruising the seas off Japan’s Kumejima Island, aptly titled “Mermaid,” though the other winners are worth a look too. Along with the title and glory, Reiko also pocketed a $10,000 prize. Not bad, especially considering she recently left her office job to pursue her passion for underwater photography.
– David Aujero, Associate Producer
Right off the bat, I’ll tell you this isn’t the story you think it’s going to be. This is about the “alchemical futzing” that led to an opportunistic businessman turning a catchphrase-wielding Florida teenager into a money making machine on the back of the modern music industry. It’s a weird tale and one that I didn’t realize I needed to know – until I read this story, of course.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor