Weekend Round-Up: Investigating James Brown’s Death, Repairing Buildings With LEGO, And Looking Inside New York’s 181-Year-Old Apothecary

By HODINKEE

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.


Lost In The Woods With James Brown’s Ghost – CNN

If you can’t get enough true crime in your life, CNN released a three-part series this week that has Netflix-worthy written all over it. In this new bombshell investigation, nearly 13 people say they suspect James Brown did not die of natural causes. Most notable is the doctor who pronounced him deceased and who still retains a vial of his blood, claiming it could help in the investigation. This series digs up all the skeletons of the Godfather of Soul.

– David Aujero, Associate Producer


Supermarket Wines Are Poured, And Worlds Collide – The New York Times

If you’re a HODINKEE regular, or even if you’re coming here for the first time, you probably know that the comments are often a place where watches aren’t just celebrated – they’re a place where things can get surprisingly acrimonious, often with with incredible speed. Of course, “well, that escalated quickly” can be said of the comments on just about any article on any subject, and this story, on what happened when the New York Times’ Eric Asimov recommended readers try three supermarket wines, shows us (yet again) just how personally we get involved in our own tastes, and how much what we think of as our tastes reflect how we see ourselves.

– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief


This Artist Uses LEGO To Repair Structures All Over The World – Apartment Therapy

Street artist Jan Vormann is known for his work filling in the cracks and crevices of crumbling buildings with the most ingenious of repair materials – LEGO. Since the launch of his project, Dispatchwork, Vormann has inspired thousands of individuals to participate in what he describes as a “multiplayer game for virtually all public spaces worldwide”, encouraging guerilla art and the repair of cityscapes across the globe. Dispatchwork functions as an interactive map that displays the location and images these colorful building modifications. Lucky for us, there …read more      

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