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.
This City Is an Overcrowded, Illogical, Inhospitable Marvel - New York Times
Whenever you think you’re getting pretty handy with your iPhone camera (the likes are piling up, that critical audience of aunts, college roommates, and co-workers leaves another “great shot!” comment), it’s a fun and worthwhile endeavor to look back at the work of the great photographers of the 20th century. This includes Berenice Abbott, and certainly her work from New York City in the 1930s. A member of the "straight photography” movement of the era (read: no Amaro filter), Abbott captured the rapidly changing cityscape in sharply detailed, authentic scenes that say so much about time and place, and how we inhabit the cities we construct. Double tap.
-Will Hollway, Director of Content
Perfect Pairing: 9 Sofas Match-Made For Every Wes Anderson Movie - Dwell
I am currently re-falling in love with a number of Wes Anderson movies. I spent this past winter donning a knit red cap, perhaps inspired by Steve Zissou & his motley crew of explorers aboard the Belafonte. Wes Anderson's incredible use of color and symmetry, as well as his ability to create a cast of characters that are both amusing and relatable, have amassed his films a cult following. Among his fans, we find the team at Dwell, who have expertly cataloged the perfect sofa to match up with your fav Anderson flick. The likeness is uncanny, charming, and ready to be delivered right to your living room for movie night.*
-Sarah Reid,*Advertising Manager
Nas’s Illmatic 25th Anniversary Mixtape By Chris Read - Wax Poetics
April 19, 1994, Nas released Illmatic, which I'll go ahead and say is the best hip-hop album ever made. It's not a fact, I know, but whether you're a fan of the genre or not or have a difference of opinion, it is the quintessential New York album. Nas was 20 years old when the album came out. Years later, Illmatic has gone on to influence some equally seminal albums along the way as well as be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. I could go on about all its reverence but for me, the album is all about the jazz samples and the cohort of hungry, young producers who came together out of recognition of the skill of the young poet savant. So in the spirit of the music and journalistic unearthing of great work, I recommend you take a listen to this mixtape by Chris Read who seamlessly combines interviews, original samples, and key tracks from Nas' 39-minute masterpiece.
-David Aujero, Video Producer*
Japan Has A New Emperor. Now It Needs A Software Update - The New York Times
For those living outside of Japan, the news of a new reigning emperor may feel like any other new political appointment in the world. However, for those who proudly call Japan home, May 1st marks the beginnings of a new imperial era, and that is a very expensive notion. This article illustrates the technological and financial impact that a new emperor has on Japan and begs the question if now is really the time for change.
-Jonathan Baker, Senior Software Engineer*
Watch A Deeply Weird Video Of Toyota's Basketball Robot Sinking A Three-Pointer Jalopnik.com
Look, I'm not going to toe the millennial line and say that I'm fearful of a Skynet-like robot uprising. Robots can do lots of things without triggering a wave of existential dread, but play basketball? Make coffee, package Haribo candies, or keep DARPA scientists busy; fine. But post up at the line and hit a three like it ain't no thing? I dunno, man. In a video that Jason Torchinsky (the jewel of Jalopnik) describes as "deeply weird", watch as the lab comes court-side and a robot developed by Toyota dominates the field goal in a way that makes me question the nature of sport as a human endeavor and if I could pull off a black/maroon jersey half as well as this robot puts three on the board.*
– James Stacey, Senior Writer