Uber driver pitching me his startup: They spend money on tattoo. So much tattoo. Then die. Art lost. They pay me. I make lamp from skin.— Craig Mod (@craigmod)March 1, 2014
A sumptuous new documentary is a global caffeinated highly personal Jiro Dreams Of Sushi for coffee lovers.
This! Matches! My! Interests!
A Best of 2013 of sorts, some media that’s stuck with me this past year…
Upstream Color - Not sure that you “watch” Upstream Color as much as Upstream Color happens to you. I read a review that likened it to being incepted. Pretty accurate.
Silver Linings Playbook - Deserved all 10,000 awards it won.
The Newsroom - The secret is not to compare it to The West Wing. Totally contrived, but I loved it. File under: Worlds I want to live in.
Rectify - Late breaking addition as it’s a recent discovery, but the first show I’ve wanted to binge-watch since Breaking Bad = high praise.
Tenth of December - I’m not a huge George Saunders fan (I know), but this is easily my favourite book read this year.
A Box of Matches - That I read it cover-to-cover in a pool in Palm Springs likely adds some bias, but this was fantastically meditative. (See also: Baker’s Travelling Sprinkler)
Most played at Casa Sosiak: WALK THE MOON - Anna Sun
Looking back through Instapaper & Pocket, my favourite longreads of 2013…
Bad Blood: How radioactive poison became the assassin’s weapon of choice
File under: A highly radioative tour of London
This Times piece is the Onion article of the year.
The Secure Transport of Light
"And there, thousands of miles from its origin, a man emerges from the ocean, carrying the internet over his shoulder."
What I’ve Learned: Michael Wright
First person account of escaping the WTC on 9/11. (Highly graphic.)
Good advice for those of us whose inner monologue tends to run on repeat
The Man Who Pierced the Sky
Great read on the mechanics and psychology behind Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space.
I keep coming back to this. Completely stunning.