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.
Why Apollo 10 Stopped Just 47,000 Feet From The Moon - The New York Times*
With the recent release of the Anniversary Speedmaster from Omega now behind us, it's easy to forget that while Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins get the lion's share of the glory (mostly Armstrong and Aldrin, if we're honest) they stood on the shoulders of those who had gone before, in the extremely hazardous early days of manned space flight. Apollo 10 was the dress rehearsal for the moon landing, and the New York Times has produced an homage to Apollo 10 and her crew that's absolutely chock full of stunning photography, and wonderful details about the voyage that came within 47,000 feet of the lunar surface, but did not actually land – including the fact that the Lunar Module had been deliberately loaded with insufficient fuel for a landing and return, as NASA didn't want the crew to do something, you know, impulsive. Being close enough to practically reach out and touch the lunar surface, without going the final few miles, must have been a little hard on the crew – mission commander Thomas Stafford remarking at one point, wistfully, "It looks like we’re getting so close all you have to do is put your tail hook down and we’re there."
-Jack Forster, Editor-In-Chief*
Last Breath - Netflix
My favorite piece of modern adventure journalism is Raising the Dead, which was published in Outside Magazine back in 2005. Give that a read to get a sense for what the stakes are like in a technical area of diving; in this case, cave diving. This is worlds apart from leisure dives involving colorful creatures in the Caribbean. That piece not only delivers an incredible narrative, but it helps us understand the sort of obsession that some folks develop with the extreme. It’s the kind of writing that makes you hold your breath while scrolling. After you’ve worked through that piece, breath deeply, flip on the tube and cue up Last Breath, a documentary that recently dropped on Netflix. An unflinching look at how quickly things can go wrong at the bottom of the ocean, dive into this line-up of white-knuckle media on Sunday morning then take the afternoon to perform a thorough decompression stop.*
-Cole Pennington, Editor
Where an Entire Day’s Worth of Food Came From - Grub Street
In the digital age, it’s easy to forget how far removed we have become from the things we eat. While Millennials love a good farm-to-table occasion, we also have no problem indulging in a drunk dollar slice or sucking down a meal supplement without any regard for provenance. This Grub Street article from late last year explores what we often take for granted and dives into the origins of a day’s worth of food in New York City. Setting politics aside, the piece impressively covers everything from the Pennsylvanian chickens producing eggs for a famed breakfast sandwich in the East Village, to the women*peeling tomatoes in Naples for a red sauce near Union Square.
-Chelsea Beeler, Office Coordinator
Frank Ocean Captures The Met Gala On Film - Vogue*
In a world where the celebrity iPhone selfie is king, it feels refreshing to see Frank Ocean going a completely different route. At this year’s Met Gala, Ocean brought along his iconic Contax T3 camera loaded with film. Yes, you read that right, film. What he provides is an amazing and uninhibited look behind the velvet rope, bringing us up close and personal to some of the worlds biggest stars and fashion icons. There's only one problem… what he is doing has been done before. With film. On a Contax camera. At the Met gala. By Daniel Arnold. So really, what seems to be a creative breath of fresh air is really another example of artwork that is derivative of something else; a famous person effortlessly claiming the art of someone who arrived at the same place through blood sweat and tears. Both photo collections are worth viewing, but the credit here should go to Arnold, who consistently documents the weird, unique, moments that really show us who we are as people, where so many of us focus on worshiping celebrities.
-Aram David, Photographer
Why Even A Little Nature Is Good For Your Brain - Outside Online
Continuing in the Outside Magazine trend from Cole's above pick, dig into this fascinating piece from Outside Online about the brain benefits of spending some time in nature. Based around a study that compared two hikes in the Austrian Alps in the hopes of better understanding the effect that exposure to nature has on several stress markers, anxiety, and more, the results suggest we should all go outside as much as possible. As no stranger to stress and anxiety, I've witnessed this effect many many times in my life and often find myself daydreaming of a quiet trail and the dappled sunlight sparkling through the forest overhead. Do yourself a favor and get outside this weekend. It's good for your brain.*
-James Stacey, Senior Writer*