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.
The robots are indeed coming, but this is one job I doubt many people will mind losing to them. Scientists in Singapore have created a robot that will assemble furniture from Ikea. Drawing on a list of disparate skills, the robot assembled a $25 solid pine Stefan chair – after being fed an assembly manual of sorts, of course.
– Jon Bues, Senior Editor
The classical music world was shaken on Monday when it was announced that the Pulitzer Prize for Music had been awarded to Kendrick Lamar for his album Damn (previously only given to classical or jazz musicians). This win validates Lamar’s skill as a deft wordsmith, a political gadfly, an alchemist of sonics, and now an award-winning disruptor.
– David Aujero, Associate Producer
When the crab boat Destination disappeared in the Bering Sea last February, no one would have guessed that it would take five months to locate the vessel on the ocean floor. Now, more than a year after the Seattle-based boat and her crew were lost , an investigation continues to look for answers. This fascinating long read captures the gritty reality of this investigation and its attempt to understand what went wrong.
– James Stacey, Contributor
This conversation between Kanye West and designer Axel Vervoordt is a compelling, unusual read. The two cover everything from philosophy to pop culture to the conflict between fashion and time, and you can tell that both are thinking about these things 100% of the time. Also, if you’re not keeping up on Kanye’s tweets, you’re doing it wrong.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
In 1911, a Swedish film company traveled to New York to document the city during a period of rapid social change. The remarkably clear footage was released last year by the MOMA and it paints a vivid portrait of early-20th century Manhattan. “Produced only three years before the outbreak of World War I, the everyday life of the city recorded here – street traffic, people going about their business – has a casual, almost pastoral quality,” writes the museum.
– Greyson Korhonen, Associate Producer