Divulging your media diet is the more elite equivalent of sharing a Granta link on Twitter to demonstrate your obscure and fashionable tastes. And it’s easy to see why the media loves a media diet: it stokes industry vanity, it smacks of insideriness, it reflects assorted journo-rivalries and feuds.
The last episode of our second season of PARTS UNKNOWN. And I’m glad it’s set in Detroit. Because Detroit, for many Americans, is an abstraction—truly, if incredibly, a part unknown.
One only need look at some of our representatives who, a while back, were actually suggesting…
Everyone in Detroit is talking about Anthony Bourdain today, it seems. Just read this piece from his Tumblr. Now I’m talking about him too.
People ask me all the time why I moved to Detroit. They wince and ask “Is it as bad as it looks on TV?” They give me unsolicited opinions, like “Well you know, it will take a generation to turn around….” Or, “I hope you’re being realistic about the risk you’re taking…. ” And it’s tough, as someone who had a tough time leaving New York and who is new to Detroit, to put into words what it is that people love about Detroit and why people like me — and really moreso Ed — are taking a risk and leaving behind the comforts of family, friends and, let’s face it — basic city amenities — to be here.
Lesson one is I probably should care less what other people think about this decisions we’ve made. But if I do feel I’m in a position to need to explain myself, hats off to Monsieur Bourdain for doing such a great job summing it up for me. I’ve got sound bytes for days.
For example, this:
"Empty lots and burned out buildings are bad. But are cupcake shops, galleries and artisanal baristas necessarily better?
Maybe, probably, but maybe not.
And we better ask ourselves if that’s what we want."
“When Blue Smoke opened, I wrote a tough review. Danny Meyer’s kids go to the same school as mine, so Meyer comes up to me and puts out his hand, and says, “I just want you to know that was a very helpful review and we’re going to do better next time.” So that’s how the Meyer Hospitality Group handles a situation like this. Other restaurateurs have different methods.”—
“According to researchers, many entrepreneurs share innate character traits that make them more vulnerable to mood swings. “People who are on the energetic, motivated, and creative side are both more likely to be entrepreneurial and more likely to have strong emotional states,” says Freeman. Those states may include depression, despair, hopelessness, worthlessness, loss of motivation, and suicidal thinking.”—Bravo, Inc. Magazine. I hung onto every word.
If you’ve ever checked out the fashions in the FM New York office, you won’t be surprised to learn that J.Crew is one of our favorite brands. Now we have even more reason to admire CEO Mickey Drexler and team: J.Crew debuted their Fall women’s catalog on Pinterest yesterday.
“The meeting requests that now jump to the top of my list are the few, very smart entrepreneurs who say, ‘I’d like to have coffee to bounce an idea off of you and in exchange I’ll tell you all about what we learned about xx.’”—How to get meetings with insanely busy people (via fastcompany)
“For companies like Ford, the key won’t be to lock in customer data and try to be the best at leveraging your proprietary insights. It’ll be allowing your customers to take that data out, remix it into a robust ecosystem, and feed it back to your company and products, so they can get better.”—John Battelle, on yesterday’s BoingBoing/@FMP/@Ford Ingenuity Hackathon.
A few years ago, Patti Smith, the musician and author, who came to New York in 1967 with some of the fervor that Mr. White wrote of, advised aspiring Patti Smiths to try somewhere cheaper and easier. “New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling,” she told an interviewer. “But there are other cities: Detroit, Poughkeepsie. New York City has been taken away from you. So my advice is: Find a new city.”
And, indeed, many prominent people who want to fix Detroit — and New Orleans and Pittsburgh, among other places — see in a changing New York their great opportunity. What those cities may lack in security and public services, they make up for with the opportunity to crash with a bunch of friends in a $500-a-month house and pursue creative work of the sort that takes time to be recognized and financed.