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.
Lost In The Woods With James Brown's Ghost – CNN
If you can't get enough true crime in your life, CNN released a three-part series this week that has Netflix-worthy written all over it. In this new bombshell investigation, nearly 13 people say they suspect James Brown did not die of natural causes. Most notable is the doctor who pronounced him deceased and who still retains a vial of his blood, claiming it could help in the investigation. This series digs up all the skeletons of the Godfather of Soul.*
– David Aujero, Associate Producer
Supermarket Wines Are Poured, And Worlds Collide – The New York Times
If you're a HODINKEE regular, or even if you're coming here for the first time, you probably know that the comments are often a place where watches aren't just celebrated – they're a place where things can get surprisingly acrimonious, often with with incredible speed. Of course, "well, that escalated quickly" can be said of the comments on just about any article on any subject, and this story, on what happened when the New York Times' Eric Asimov recommended readers try three supermarket wines, shows us (yet again) just how personally we get involved in our own tastes, and how much what we think of as our tastes reflect how we see ourselves.
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
This Artist Uses LEGO To Repair Structures All Over The World – Apartment Therapy
Street artist Jan Vormann is known for his work filling in the cracks and crevices of crumbling buildings with the most ingenious of repair materials – LEGO. Since the launch of his project, Dispatchwork, Vormann has inspired thousands of individuals to participate in what he describes as a "multiplayer game for virtually*all public spaces worldwide", encouraging guerilla art and the repair of cityscapes across the globe. Dispatchwork functions as an interactive map that displays the location and images these colorful building modifications. Lucky for us, there is one just around the corner from the HODINKEE offices, reminding us that even New York looks a little bit better in color.
– Sarah Reid, Advertising Manager
The Flat Circle – The Ringer
Well, five episodes into the latest season, I'm happy to say True Detective is back to its Season 1 glory! After the total dud that was season two (seriously, it might be the worst season of television I've ever watches), Nic Pizzolatto's confusing and haunting mystery show is once again the highlight of my week. Only slightly behind watching the show itself though is watching The Flat Circle, an after show from The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion that detangles each week's episode, gets into all the wild internet conspiracy theories, and tries to figure out where the narrative is going. At this point, I can't imagine watching True Detective without it.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
The Secrets Inside The C.O. Bigelow Apothecary (Est. 1838) – The New York Times
If you’re reading this site, you probably love old things. And if you love old things, you will love reading about the oldest pharmacy in the U.S. – C.O. Bigelow Apothecary (Est. 1838). This downtown NYC institution is not only a wonderful place to pick up Dove soap bars and prescriptions, but has a rich history with archives to boot. The New York Times articles talks to president, owner, and historical expert, Ian Ginsberg, about the relics of the past.
– Cara Barrett, Editor