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 Ghostly Radio Station That No One Claims To Run - BBC
HBO’s Chernobyl is quickly getting a reputation for being one of the best series they’ve ever produced. The show does a great job of illustrating a Soviet-era worldview from the inside, including the secrecy and cover-ups that were commonplace at the time. If you’re into that sort of thing, a fun project is to delve into is “The Buzzer,” a mysterious old Russian military radio station that you can listen to here. Sometimes the buzzing is audible; sometimes it’s not. Every now and then I’ll tune in to see if it’s still active. It's hard not to be curious. If you want the background story, read this thorough BBC piece that posits a few theories as to what might be happening to keep this station alive.*
-Cole Pennington, Editor*
The Envies of Eating in Springtime - The New Yorker
Whether you’re a wannabe urban gardener like me or not, this ode to edible vegetation is hypnotically engaging. I found myself unable to stop reading lyrical, vivid descriptions of snap peas and rhubarb, and chuckling at descriptions of the all-too-real feeling of knowing you’re about to spend all of the cash in your wallet at the farmer’s market. If you enjoy thoroughly well-written prose on a less-than-common topic, give this story a read (and if you are “blessed with vast land,” perhaps do some gardening for those of us attempting to grow a single tomato on an apartment windowsill).
-Ashley Kinder, Hodinkee Shop Manager
Playdate And The Value Of Gaming Hardware In The Digitally Streamlined Age - Tech Radar*
With Sony’s announcement of the upcoming PS5, which will feature support for 4K graphics at a 120hz refresh rate, it wouldn’t be surprising for you to be confused about the excitement for the Playdate, a portable gaming system that features a 2.7 inch 1-bit black and white screen with no backlight. And while I’m usually pessimistic when it comes to new tech and its love of gimmicks, looking at the Playdate, and its much talked about crank, reminds me of the weird and wonderful aspects of old gaming consoles that no longer belong in an industry that has moved towards “sleek” designs and an obsession with specs. The Playdate doesn’t promise to replace your Nintendo Switch or even your smartphone games, but what it does promise is to bring some color, charm, and innovation back into the gaming industry.
-Shahed Khaddash, Video Editor
Cocoa’s Child Laborers - The Washington Post*
This may not be light weekend reading, but it’s certainly important journalism. I think we can all agree that chocolate is awesome. But, like many seemingly great things in this world, there is a background network in operation that might make you think twice before grabbing that next candy bar. This piece from The Washington Post is worth a read, and the topic worthy of your consideration, as major chocolate brands are using child labor to bring their product to your local bodega. The next time you need a treat, maybe hunt down a more local and traceable option.*
-Frank Roda, Director of Business Development*
Collecting Cars Podcast - Episode Two With David Clarke
If, like me, you've had a near life-long obsession with the McLaren F1, do not skip this episode of Chris Harris' new podcast. For those into cars and car media, you already know Chris Harris (currently and most notably the guy on BBC's Top Gear) and he recently launched a very simple and hugely nerdy podcast (do subscribe). In episode 2, Harris talks to David Clarke, the man responsible for selling the McLaren F1 back when it launched in 1992. Easily the most collectible and valuable modern car in existence, McLaren only made 106 examples and Clark's stories are fascinating and hilarious (you won't believe the number he quotes for the cheapest F1 ever sold). I listened to this episode twice in one week and if the past few sentences seem like English to you, I highly recommend you do too.
-James Stacey, Senior Writer*