There are a million ways you could go with this sort of thing, but there’s one theme that every barbecue party in America is going to have this weekend: summer. And that’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive, multi-genre-and-era-spanning playlist in which each song either has the word “summer” in its title or the season plays a major part in its lyrics. And we conveniently turned it into a Spotify playlist.
Swift. Resolute. Steadfast. All qualities of a good decision maker. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to have this nifty little Pro/Con Journal in your desk drawer—only to be retrieved when the really close calls need to be made.
When flipped open and laid flat, the spine splits two lists, delineating the pros and cons of, say, heading to Lake Como this weekend. By the time you’ve tallied up the lists and settled the score, your decision has made itself. And since it’s all written in one place, you’ll never have to ponder the same decision twice.
Print may be in bad shape, but the listicle is perfectly suited for the internet age. No matter how thorough the research is, there’s always a few bones to be picked…
For instance, we were impressed by the dent fashion folk made in Crain’s latest “Top 40 Under 40” list—including the Mme. Obama-approved Jason Wu and Steven Alan’s new chief executive Ed Rosenfeld—but what happened to the menswear crowd?
Now that we’ve gotten over the initial shock, we have to admit it’s pretty good work. It’s got its share of our favorite movie stars—The Cloon (22) and Robert Downey Jr. (4)— mixed in with who-the-hell-is-that picks, like Jonathan Ive (23), the design mastermind behind the iPhone, and Rob Kay (8), the brains behind Guitar Hero. On the style front, Kempt favorites Thom Browne (43) and Tom Ford (4) also weigh in, although we’re surprised Ford is so high and Browne is so low. Maybe the accountant look isn’t as popular as we thought.
But any list that puts Kanye two spots ahead of Ben Bernanke can’t be all bad.