Weekend Round-Up Radioactive Sharks, Mysterious Eels, And Haunting Harmonicas
Each week, our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you here. These are not articles about watches, yet rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering themes from fashion and art to innovation and travel. So go on, present yourself with some espresso, put your feet up, and settle in.
Where Do Eels Come From? – The New Yorker
One of the most interesting books that I’ve heard of as of late is The Book Of Eels, by Swedish journalist Patrik Svensson. The book is part-natural history and part-personal diary (one of my favorite sub-types of literature, which I think could include everything from Annie Dillard’s classic, Pilgrim At Tinker Creek to the later Spineless , which takes a gander at what jellyfish can teach us both about themselves, and us). The Book Of Eels is checked on in the New Yorker, and in as deft and insightful a piece of critical writing as I have found in quite a while, Brooke Jarvis looks at the book, yet in addition at the enduring secrets that the eel has presented (adult eels appear to have no regenerative organs, which baffled everybody from Aristotle to Sigmund Freud, who as a youngster analyzed eels in a vain attempt to locate their gonads; a scene wealthy in Freudian imagery, as a matter of fact). Surveys of books can be simple appendages to the book being investigated, yet they can also be superb bits of literature in their own right – as the article, “Where Do Eels Come From?” reminded me.
–Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
The Great Regression – Curbed
I love a touch of longform journalism that indicates to be about a certain something, however is actually about something a lot greater altogether. Such a the case here. By looking at patterns in kids’ toys and summer redirections, Curbed’s Diana Budds takes us on an excursion through nostalgia, anxiety, and our consistently present longing to make the present somewhat more like the past. The article is still bounty enjoyable to read don’t as well, stress, yet you’re never going to take a gander at a bounce rope or a pair of roller skates in an incredible same way.
–Stephen Pulvirent, Manager of Editorial Products
Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting A Masterpiece –American Cinematographer
I originally saw Once Upon a Time in the West in school. I was taking a film history course, and the teacher set up a fairly interesting strategy for viewing the movies on the educational plan. For each class, we would watch one film from consistently from the 1930s to the 1970s. For the western, we began with films like Stagecoach and The Searchers, yet then we landed on this film. I was really taken aback by the look and feel of the film. It was nothing similar to the “old” Hollywood westerns. It felt new and present day, and the cinematography was sprawling and real. Then there was the score by Ennio Morricone – a dark and memorable assortment of themes drove by the notable sound of the harmonica player. Whether you have you seen the film or not, you could actually appreciate this passage from the book Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece, which features an interview with the film’s cinematographer. He talks about what it resembled to work with chief Sergio Leone and gives great insight into the making of this classic film. “Do you know anything about a person going around playing the harmonica? He’s somebody you’d recollect. Instead of talking, he plays. And when he better play, he talk.”
–Danny Milton, Editor
How I Became A Poker Champion In One Year – The Atlantic
Poker is, ultimately, a game of statistics and a game of brain research. To play at a genuinely significant level, one should understand both of those components independently, and the player should also have the option to master the points at which those two areas intersect. This piece in The Atlantic investigates that relationship in great detail, following its author Maria Konnikova as she develops from an online-poker amateur to a true blue tournament finalist. At one point in this extract from her book, The Biggest Bluff, the author relays a piece of game-theory zen that is applicable far past a 52-card deck: “The object of poker is making acceptable decisions.” If just everything were that simple.
–Dakota Gardner, Web Editor
The Strange And Gruesome Story Of The Greenland Shark, The Longest-Living Vertebrate On Earth – The New Yorker
During the ’50s and ’60s, trace amounts of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 discovered its way into the eye focal points of Greenland sharks. Ruler knows what other place it wound up, yet there was a positive externality from everything. Three researchers – a physicist named Jan Heinemeier and two marine scholars, John Fleng Steffensen and Julius Nielsen – utilized the amount of carbon-14 in the sharks’ eyes as a data point to tackle an age-old secret about the Greenland Shark: How since quite a while ago did they live for? This fantastic read from the New Yorker demonstrates that eyes really are the windows to the spirit, and Greenland sharks are old spirits indeed.
–Cole Pennington, Editor
Lead image by Jeremy Bishop