From perfectly-priced, almost-perfectly-hued white paint to a profile of the Neil Diamond of Nintendo, our team shares the very best of what we consumed this month
Read Eiji Aonuma’s profile in the Washington Post: I haven’t started playing the new Zelda game yet, because I’m all about saving it for a rainy day. But since my capacity for delayed gratification is wearing thin, I’ve been watching trailers and demos here and there, and reading articles like this one on Eiji Aonuma—the 60-year-old producer behind the Nintendo franchise, who’s worked on every title since Ocarina of Time. Really, it’s a charming testament to the artistry of game design, tying Aonuma’s background in puppetry and woodworking to his massive influence in the industry. I liked this quote from one of Aonuma’s fans, as he stood in line at the New York Nintendo store’s midnight release: “I joke with my wife that her father saw Neil Diamond in concert back in the day, and he says that was the highlight of his life. This was my Neil Diamond. This is the peak for me.”
—Morgan Becker, Digital Managing Editor
Went to Movement Music Festival: I traveled to Detroit for Movement for the weekend, willingly offering myself to the black hole of Movement’s rapidly proliferating afterparties. Highlights: the thin layer of dust from Tangent Gallery that made everyone look like a Mad Max character and the winding maze of the Menjos Entertainment Complex—a strange and seductive setting for the queer-forward Club Toilet.
—Colin Boyle, Chief of Staff
Bought Benjamin Moore paint in Steam: I moved into a new apartment this month, and have been reading far too many articles about choosing the perfect shade of white paint for my space—see here. The conclusion was that the perfect shade was way out of my price range, and that I’ll settle for Benjamin Moore.
—Syd Walker, Assistant Art and Photo Editor
Shopped at Heart and Lou’s: When your friends open a curated vintage store, you’ve gotta go. When they ply you with wine and floral arrangements? Baby, you’ve hit gold. It’s the classic New York story of watching someone else live your dream: running a cute boutique on Greenwich Village’s perennially sun-drenched Thompson Street.
—Phil Backes, Director of Partnerships & Social Media
Read The War Against Cliché: Essays and Reviews 1971-2000 by Martin Amis: Revisiting the work of Martin Amis needs no occasion, but his death certainly roused my impulse to pick it back up. The Prince of Prose is maybe better-known for his novels, but this collection of essays—in my opinion—is the easiest example of his brilliance, each one weighted by his distinctive ability to demystify deities, and find something fresh in even the most densely documented.
—Megan Hullander, Print Managing Editor
Watched Beau is Afraid: I was left with so many questions, particularly, What is the monster in the attic? Regardless, in this nearly three-hour-long film, there isn’t one boring moment.
—Alice Lefons, Senior Market & Fashion Editor