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 American family is changing; where in the 1970s, the majority of mothers had four or more children, today, two-thirds have two or one. This article explores the endangered “subspecies” of the middle child, examining the historical overlooking of middleborns both within the family unit (think Jan in The Brady Bunch) and in studies of birth order. With a recent resurgence in the study of and appreciation for middle children, particularly their penchant for mediation and diplomacy, the author mourns the disappearing “middles” and the effects the loss of their traits will have on our society as a whole.
– Ashley Kinder, HODINKEE Shop Manager
Saving the world from global warming one electric car at a time is an ambitious undertaking. Just ask Elon Musk, who has resorted to sleeping at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, as part of a companywide initiative to manufacture 5,000 of Tesla’s new Model 3 in a week. Amidst insane production timelines, manufacturing meltdowns, and unconventional staff restructuring, Tesla is shifting modern day car manufacturing into hyperdrive, but nobody said it would be easy.
– David Aujero, Associate Producer
In 1875, Los Angeles had about 8,000 residents. It also had zero palm trees. Compare that to the LA of today, where you have famed streets and iconic views framed by towering palms. Why? It turns out they were something of an early marketing ploy. Atlas Obscura has the story.
– Will Holloway, Director of Content
At it’s peak in 2004, onetime video rental giant Blockbuster had over 9,000 storefronts worldwide (as well as prime real estate in the hearts and minds of moviegoers everywhere.) Now, with the closing of the last two locations in longtime Blockbuster stronghold Alaska, we are left with the last functioning rental shop, located in Bend, Oregon; the final vestige of a bygone era. This weekend, mark the occasion by trying to watch that copy of Gangs of New York you never bothered to return…and then just stream it on Netflix once you realize you don’t own anything that can actually play a DVD.
– Greyson Korhonen, Associate Producer
Zagato. The name in strange, wonderful, and beautiful coach building. In this expansive photoset and write up from the talented Ken Saito, take a tour of a large and varied collection of Zagato cars, both young and old. Let me know your favorite in the comments.
– James Stacey, Senior Writer