Issue #180 – The What Book Club Has Arrived
Last year The What Summit brought to life the best conversations in our community. This year we are taking the experience to another level at an ultra-special location we can’t wait to announce. In the meantime, mark your calendars for Thursday, October 17-18th. We’re toiling away this summer to make magic happen in the fall. If you head up a brand and want to explore sponsorship and marketing opportunities, get in touch with us here. Today’s issue is broadly focused on culture but best of all, if you scroll down, you’ll see that we finally launched THE WHAT BOOK CLUB.
THE WHAT LIST
June 26, 2019
by Gina Pell + Amy Parker
100% Editorial picks. No pay for play. Ever.
If you loved the music of Jeff Buckley (those lyrics, that voice!), you’ll relish the pages of Grace, our friend Tiffanie DeBartolo’s excellent graphic biography about Buckley’s life and untimely death. The novel was painstakingly researched and includes archival material contributed by the musician’s mother. Buckley superfan or no, you’ll be singing Hallelujah by the end of Tiffanie’s touching tribute.
Before you post another travel pic, please read Travel Photography On Instagram Is Missing Its Soul, an adroit rumination by Emily Nathan who is a member of our community, a talented photographer, and the founder of Tiny Atlas Quarterly.
The Last Black Man In San Francisco is a stunning new film and directorial debut of Joe Talbot who co-wrote the script about his lifelong friend, Jimmie Falls, who also stars in the movie. A cross between drama and documentary, it’s the crushing tale of a man struggling to keep his childhood home in a gentrified city overrun with millionaires. The New York Times described it as “Heart skippingly gorgeous and exultant.” Watch the trailer here and see why.
Context is everything, especially when viewing historical art. What might be perceived as racist to the modern eye could be an essential work composed with the exact opposite intent from the artist. In Don’t Whitewash History our friend Matt Gonzalez (artist, activist, and Chief Attorney in San Francisco’s Public Defender’s Office) makes a strong case for preserving a controversial mural painted in the 1930s by Victor Arnautoff. Matt’s piece is critical reading in today’s world of disjointed, carefully edited imagery devoid of pain, suffering … reality.
THE WHAT BOOK CLUB
Since we launched in 2016, our book lists have consistently received the most clicks. And after numerous requests, we decided to stop procrastinating and kickstart: THE WHAT BOOK CLUB. The first book we chose is The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer, one of our favorite books of all-time. We’re all reading it in the office and will host our first Fb Live discussion on Tuesday, July 31st. Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming weeks. Meanwhile, join our virtual TWBC here. Sorry gents, this club is for women-only but we’re working on co-ed clubs for fall.