After skipping last week because of Thanksgiving, we’re back with the Weekend Round-Up. This week the stories span a pretty wide range, from cars and motorcycles racing on the beaches of New Jersey to a hot fashion designer that left the industry in his prime to the genetic differences that make New York City’s rats special neighborhood by neighborhood (we’re not joking about that last one either).
Visually stunning and unexpectedly moving, “The Normal People” is a short doc that profiles an eccentric collection of bikers and hot rod racers participating in the so-called “Race of Gentleman.” The competition attracts 15,000 people to the Jersey shore each year and whether you like motorsports or not this is a great watch.
– Greyson Korhonen, Associate Producer
When I was just starting to get seriously into menswear, this guy was the guy. And then, at the height of his power, he just disappeared. This story is a great look at the human side of the fashion industry and how the words “creative” and “professional” can sometimes be in direct conflict.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
This is a cool little video from Great Big Story on a guy who ages wine at the bottom of the Mediterranean. The temperature of the water and the silence of the sea, amongst other things, create a uniquely rich flavor, according to the scuba diving winemaker. Think Jason Heaton as a Croatian Vintner.
– Will Holloway, Director of Content
While I don’t normally like to think about the rodents that plague the mean streets of New York, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from this article on the different species of rats in Manhattan. Rats don’t leave a few block radius in their lifetime and scientists can tell an East Village rat from a West Village rat based on DNA. Who knew!?
– Cara Barrett, Editor
In this rare, long-form interview, Jay-Z (the best rapper of all time) speaks extremely candidly with New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet about his latest album, his marriage with Beyonce, and the state of hip hop today. Also, if you look closely, you’ll notice he’s wearing a pretty interesting watch.
– Walker Tovin, Associate Designer