These are the words, images, and beers that inspired the GBH Collective this week. Drinking alone just got better, because now you're drinking with all of us.
READ. // “America has always had a weakness for paranoid fantasies.” Listen, I'm a fan of a few playful conspiracy theories (Stevie Wonder can see, y’all), but Elizabeth Kolbert's recent New Yorker piece, "What's New About Conspiracy Theories?" explains "new conspiracism" and some of the wild-ass shit people, like the President, now believe. Frankly, some of these beliefs, and possible consequences associated with those beliefs, give me chills. Check your facts, people.
LOOK. // Aimee Twigger's food photography and styling make her account one of my favorite follows on the ol’ Instagram. I’m inspired by the composition and depth of her photos, and her use of light (or the lack thereof) stands out among the blindingly-exposed, overhead, table-top shots that seem to be a major trend in food photography today.
DRINK. // Shacksbury Pét-Nat Rosé Cider, Texas Edition
I'm a known Shacksbury super-fan, and its Pét-Nat Rosé Cider, made with grape skins from Lewis Wines here in Texas, isn't about to make me change my tune anytime soon. Dry AF, effervescent until the very end, and with enough fruit character to remind you that this isn't a normal pét-nat, this is a 6% banger meant for long days on the patio.
READ. // "Talented as [Jon] Stewart was (or is) at sneaking punchlines into a thorny discussion of geopolitics, those moments found him resisting a deep well of gravity created by bloody, corrupt and spiraling American empire." This article on the sharp politicization of U.S. late-night talk shows is biting, thought-provoking, and divisive in itself.
LOOK. // I grew up watching James Bond films and became a big action movie fan partially because of them. This collection of pics taken on the sets of various films in the series reveals the moments in between all the shaken martinis and golden gun-hunting. Spoiler alert: there are more cappuccinos and nap breaks than you might expect.
DRINK. // Cellarmaker Brewing Company Cantaloupe Island IPA
I'm a big jazz fan (also an acid jazz fan), so this IPA caught my eye before I found out it won third place at the Bistro's recent, annual IPA fest and competition. Bright and fun, with its fusion of melon and fresh island fruit, this IPA is thankfully unburdened by cloying malts and overbearing, resinous hops.
READ. // “In a lengthy telephone interview on Wednesday, she declined to characterize Mr. Biden’s words to her as an apology and said she was not convinced that he has taken full responsibility for his conduct at the hearings — or for the harm he caused other victims of sexual harassment and gender violence.” Apologies are much more than words, my friends—and Joe Biden is still struggling to take accountability for the way he treated Anita Hill 28 years ago.
LOOK. // My friend Ash Ponders went on a mission to document the strangest succulents growing in the Sonoran desert, along with the folks who love them.
DRINK. // Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale
I remember when Bell’s finally started distributing to New York. It was the summer of 2014, and I was working at a local coffee shop. After my shift, I would swing over to the bar across the street for a drink. I’d see all the folks I served in the morning, would eat a burger, and chug a Bell’s. To this day, every time I drink this beer, I’m taken back to that carefree summer.
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