Washed, but Never Pressed
It's worth calling out when you aren't good at something.
Faking it till you make it is a great idea in theory, but it can also become a real headache, especially when it comes to ever-changing things like music and art.
Remember my "cultural fossilization" theory? It Happened To Me. Since having the kid, I'm the most out-of-touch I've ever been.I am WASHEDmy loves.
So! I don't want to bullshit anyone, I am no longer an "expert" on all things cool. It's not my game to play anymore.
Going forward: OHM will will focus on catering to culturally curious people. Ain't nobody got time to listen to all that stuff, watch that thing, or read the other thing. This thing is aiming at those of you out there that have taste, but might not have the time to dig for the best stuff.
I dislike how most culture media approach introducing readers to new and cool stuff. Way I see it, rather than make you feel bad for being "late" to stuff, we're going to reward you for staying curious about the world around you. Be proud of yourself that you at least take the time to TRY when so many people...do not try.
Now, you have to do your part as well. I implore you to email with anything you're curious about right now. What are you fascinated with? What do you want to know more about, but are too scared to admit it on the timeline? Don't be shy!
Click the shiny button down low and tell me what's on your mind.
Thanks for reading!
Around the World
A curated list of interesting stories from around the web
"Being told how to market yourself isn’t just a celebrity problem anymore. It’s a basic condition of being online."
The Viral Spiral → NYT
"It’s sad, but (Kanye West) is almost a perfect object lesson, or metaphor, for our last fifteen to twenty years. I don’t think we can handle all this exposure. I don’t think human beings can take this much exposure to information, and this much exposing of our own information. The ingoing and the outgoing. I told somebody, “In some ways, I’m glad Beethoven’s dead, so that I don’t have to wake up to Beethoven saying that QAnon had some good ideas.”
Neal Brennan Longs For Connection → The New Yorker
"But the absolute most perfect thing—and this is insider info to people that don’t use the men’s room—the pièce de résistance that makes me love this spot isn’t the gossip or the cocktails or the very good oysters or the fish and chips that I also really like. It’s the urinals. The famous urinals, the ones the New Yorker described as “towering” and that Frank Sinatra once supposedly said, “You could stand [former New York City mayor] Abe Beame in one of them and have room to spare.” They are gigantic art deco beauties. I’d say it’s weird how much I love them, but a cursory look at my Google search brings up plenty of other tributes to the towers of tinkle."
Is P.J. Clarke's the Perfect NYC Dining Experience? → The Melt