Rewind is our weekly More post where someone from our brand experience agency curates his or her favorite news from the week before. This week’s post is brought to you by Andrew N., copywriter.
Andrew started working fulltime as a copywriter after spending a decade in journalism — black coffee fuels both professions well, he’s found. His favorite dance move is the Double Stanky Leg Drunken Stagger — “you gotta get loose.”
A Cold War spy novelist couldn’t have conjured a better spy alias than Edward Snowden. But it turns out, the name of the whistleblower responsible for the biggest intelligence leak in modern U.S. history is real. Snowden, a 29-year-old former National Security Administration contractor, went public this week and delivered an articulate, cogent explanation of why he essentially guaranteed the end of his free life to expose the U.S. government’s secret surveillance operations that include a massive collection of Americans’ phone records and internet-usage data. Whether Snowden is a hero, a traitor or some combination, is up for debate (as is how much privacy Americans should forego in the name of security). But his story is fascinating, and I’ve been hooked all week.
Pokey LaFarge dresses and drawls like a Baptist minister, appropriately, as he and his St. Louis bluegrass band would be right at home in front of a Southern congregation (even better, on the muddy banks of the Missouri River performing at a baptism). I caught them for the first time last Thursday night at the Waiting Room in Omaha, and was hooked. They play a mix of jazz, blues, country and ragtime that I found infectious. Maybe you will, too.
If you’re familiar with Omaha, you might know Emerging Terrain from its work turning a prominent grain elevator on I-80 into a large-scale art installation. The Omaha nonprofit research and design collaborative works to facilitate smart, engaging urban planning. And this month, they’re developing a vision for Omaha’s Belt Line, a 15-mile-long railroad that carried passengers and cargo through the city starting in 1885, until it was removed in the 1980s and ’90s. They’re having open studios over the next two weeks, so you can help. Do it.
Nearly every day for lunch, I build a burrito. It’s simple, but excellent. And I never deviate from the recipe: large tortilla; ½ can of black beans; shredded Mexican cheese; microwave for 1:20: top with one avocado and a bunch of salsa verde. I sit down at my desk, and stream “The Daily Show” that ran the night before. But change is inevitable, and this week marked host Jon Stewart handing over his seat to John Oliver as “Stew Beef” begins his extended hiatus to produce a documentary. The lanky Brit, Oliver, took a couple days to get his feet under him, but he was in fine form Thursday as he covered Pat Robertson’s sex life. (My burrito is always finely formed.)
Finally, this week I learned how humans may look in 100,000 years, and I wished I hadn’t.