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Garry Winogrand Gets His Due

Aug 5th, 2015 | Categories: Art, New York City, Photography | by ACL Editors


Despite all the hype that the medium has garnered as of late, street photography as an artistic style is marked by delayed acceptance. Vivian Maier, Bill Cunningham, Diane Arbus the entire cast of the film Everybody Street, these photographers practiced their craft for decades, but have only recently drawn the eye of the mainstream art world. That many of these artists have not been able to garner an audience until well into their careers (or in Maier’s case until well after her death) is a testament to the fickle sensibilities of the art world, but it does not detract from the quality of these artist’s work. Garry Winogrand stands out among this pack as a prime example of a street photography that is finally getting his much deserved day in the sun.


Oh, Did You Want to Talk About Watches?

Aug 4th, 2015 | Categories: Video, Watches | by Michael Williams

It seems to me that the reason Ben Clymer ascended to the top of the watch media food chain (or more significantly, the online media food chain in general?) has to do with his ability to put things into perspective. Ben’s got a nose for watches and obviously lots of other very cool things, but the thing i’ve admired most about him is his deft skill at describing subtle things in powerful and insightful ways. You’ll catch these interesting little takes in everyday writings on Hodinkee, and in all sorts of other places like this Mr Porter Aficionado piece. At the minute twenty six mark Ben talks about the significance around his Universal Geneve Tri-Compax and the larger importance the original owner’s grandfather had to horology. Clymer then goes on to connect those things back to his own grandfather, to watches and the larger meaning all of those things have to him. Those are the moments and circles of thought which impress me most about Ben and Hodinkee. I like watches a lot, but obviously not on the same level as him. But I like the way in which Ben talks about watches and what makes them important and interesting.

I think that it is perfectly fine to just own things simply because you just like them. It’s also fine to own nice things that you know nothing about. And it occurs to me that nothing must be better than being at a cocktail party or dinner and blowing someone away with hyper in-depth knowledge of your specific timepiece when someone makes a small remark about liking your watch as Ben must be able to do. “Did you want to talk about the weather or were you just making chitchat?

Clymer’s combination of good taste, sense of significance and attention to detail should make us all think a bit more about what we own and why we own it. Or maybe even what we aspire to own — a 356 and a Paul Newman Daytona doesn’t seem like a bad way to start that list.

A Short History of the Shooting Brake.

Aug 4th, 2015 | Categories: Autos, Jared Paul Stern | by Jared Paul Stern


The story goes that one day in the early 1960s, David Brown, chairman of Aston Martin, “entered a board meeting at which some of his engineers were in attendance, plunked his hunting dog down on the table and said, ‘Build me something for him to sit in.’” Brown, who made a fortune building tractors during World War II, had become the quintessential English gentleman, racing horses, playing polo and shooting grouse, and wanted a vehicle he could use on his estate for country pursuits. In 1947 he’d seen a classified advertisement in The Times of London offering a “High Class Motor Business” for sale, and subsequently acquired Aston Martin for £20,500. He then had the company’s now legendary series of ‘DB’ cars, beginning with the DB2 in 1950, named after him using his initials.

As it Happened | Eaux Claires

Jul 30th, 2015 | Categories: As it happened, David Coggins, Midbest | by David Coggins

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The Scene at the inaugural Eaux Claires Festival. Photo: CJ Foeckler.

With the exception of Newport Folk Festival, we’re not too hot on music festivals. You know the reasons: sweaty crowds, mediocre sound, endless lines for beer, girls dressed like fairies twirling glow sticks. But when Eaux Claires was announced, a two-day celebration on the banks of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin, courtesy Aaron Dessner of The National, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, we started to get a certain promising feeling.

That optimism turned out to be entirely justified. Who could object to straightforward music in an easygoing Midwest setting, with plenty of Leinenkugel’s to go around? For this native Minnesotan (whose cabin is less than hour from Eau Claire), it was a welcome combination of good bands, positive vibrations and lack of ironic t-shirts.

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Mr. Midwest: Justin Vernon. Photo: CJ Foeckler.

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Eternity now. Photo: CJ Foeckler.

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The Transatlantic Race and the Mystery of the Sea.

Jul 29th, 2015 | Categories: Jared Paul Stern, Sports | by Jared Paul Stern


With a course of nearly 3,000 miles from Newport, R.I., to Lizard Point on the southwestern corner of England, the Transatlantic Race is the world’s oldest trans-oceanic yacht race and one of the ultimate tests of a sailor’s skill. Nearly 50 boats running the gamut from 40-footers to superyachts, and modern racing machines to 100-year-old classics from all over the world competed in the 2015 edition which just wrapped up. Chicago-based Bryon Ehrhart’s Reichel/Pugh 63’ Lucky was confirmed as the winner by the event’s four organizers: the Royal Yacht Squadron of Cowes, the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Storm Trysail Club.

Wants & Desires | 1987 BMW 325

Jul 28th, 2015 | Categories: Autos, Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams

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Here’s a page out of BaT.

Driving on I-95 this past weekend near Larchmont, NY I spotted a super clean late 80s BMW 325 convertible moving north with traffic. The car was shiny and clean with the top down cruising along on a relaxing Saturday jaunt. It made me think. “I should get online and find a clean old 325 convertible from the late 80s too.” It would be a fun little car to drive to the beach or for the summer. It’s not so precious that I would be afraid to take it out or really drive it and enjoy it. It won’t cost that much either! Seems like a no brainer. I would just need to convince my wife that we need a second old BMW. Could make sense considering the first old BMW lives in California and we live in NYC (though I drive it when I am out there frequently). It certainly makes sense to me anyway; to her, might not be so simple.


Jul 27th, 2015 | Categories: SIGNALS | by Michael Williams


  • Reclaiming the southern old growth timber that built New York City. [The New York Times]
  • Converse gave the Chuck Taylor the Nike treatment. [Converse]
  • Inside the Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab in San Francisco. [High Snobiety]
  • Worth $840M and Tony Hsieh lives in a trailer Park. Stay humble. [The New York Times]
  • The dapper sportswriters of the late 1930s make it clear just how poorly modern sports writers dress. [ACL Archives] [Pictured]

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