Jonathan Bousfield | Deep Baltic | 14th June 2023
The story of the Vilnius Jazz Trio and jazz in the Soviet Union. Unlike the more archetypal "rebellious" rock music, jazz was a permitted, even respectable, art form — as long as musicians stayed away from more modern or free jazz styles. The Trio evaded the KGB by pushing the boundaries of what was possible: "Their music was so abstract that few officials really knew how to respond to it" (2,283 words)
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Sarah Miller | Hodinkee | 13th June 2023
Tour of the premises of Swiss watchmaker Hublot, which prides itself on making timepieces that a lot of people don't like. Their entire design philosophy seems to be making fun of their wealthy customers. "Every time I turn around, I am looking at a watch that really should not exist, that is way too much. Does this watch need nine colours? Does this watch need to look like a very angry alien?" (5,211 words)