Today, March 21, is Ayrton Senna’s birthday.
To the people of Brazil, a god, to racing fans everywhere, arguably the greatest Formula 1 race car driver ever (except perhaps for Manuel Fangio who drove in another era, and notwithstanding Michael Schumacher’s seven World Championships). Years after his racing career ended, Ayrton Senna continues to be regarded with that mixture of awe and respect reserved for the truly great. Read More
Next month The Melangerie will hit its one year anniversary (!), and we’d like to recognize this milestone by also congratulating Monocle Magazine on its 10-year anniversary. Monocle’s influence in the creation and curation of The Melangerie cannot be overstated. With that in mind, we wanted to create a small ode to the magazine and the many ways that it has and continues to inspire us.
In an era of digital content distribution, it’s rare to find a print publication that can a. survive, and b. successfully navigate a balance between analog and digital. Monocle has done both. The magazine was created in 2007 by entrepreneur and Financial Times columnist Tyler Brûlé, whose interests in global affairs, art and design, and business are reflected in Monocle’s content. Some have described the magazine as Vanity Fair--meets--Foreign Policy, but I don’t think that description captures the sheer breadth of topics that Monocle covers. Not to mention its commitment to the design and distribution of its content.
Here are a few of our favorite things about Monocle and how it’s inspired our site: Read More
I don’t think I’ve blown through any series of books the way I devoured all four volumes of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels. After hearing some of the acclaim, I casually signed up for the New York Public Library waitlist for Book 1. I finished the book in a week and, unable to deal with another months-long waitlist, I immediately went charging for the nearest Barnes and Noble for Book 2. Read More
Alexandra nailed it when she said that summer reading "isn’t the time to try to impress people - it’s the time to remember why you loved reading so much in the first place." That especially rings true for me this summer, because once school started I was so consumed by coursework and reading that I really didn't do enough reading for pleasure. The New Yorker was my escape from business case studies ("On a cold and windy morning, Kathy looked out her window and realized she had a working capital problem") and spreadsheets. I did manage to read Jonathan Bates's Ted Hughes biography, which is excellent, but that was about it. So this summer I made a point of assembling a list of books I've wanted to dive into for awhile. Read More
“Summer reading” usually falls into two categories: ambitious (either a worthy classic or a respectable contemporary author - think Infinite Jest) and light (a thriller or romance - think Gone Girl). My own summer reading track record, however, has pretty much defied these groupings. I got some weird looks on the beach two years ago when I was flopped on my towel with Tom Segev’s One Palestine, Complete. The next year I was dragging around my 700-page biography of King Hussein. And then Proust has been thrown in there somewhere this whole time (worthy classic, okay). Read More