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Verge Favorites: Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Verge Favorites: Nathan Olivarez-Giles

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Verge staffers aren't just people who love technology. They're people who love stuff. We spend as much time talking and thinking about our favorite books, music, and movies as we do debating the best smartphone to buy or what point-and-shoot has the tightest macro. We thought it would make sense to share our latest obsessions with Verge readers, and we hope you're encouraged to share your favorites with us. Thus a long, healthy debate will ensue where we all end up with new things to read, listen to, or try on.

'Man of Steel'


This is damn close to the Superman movie I’ve always wanted to see. In Man of Steel, we see Clark Kent question his place is in the world. We see him grow both as a person and a hero. There’s a humanity and pain in this rendition of Superman that previous movies never had. This isn’t a campy or corny flick. And the villains are more compelling here than in any other Superman film. The action scenes are massive, and on a scale that no other comic-book movie has come close to. It’s not at all perfect, but for me, it’s the best Superman movie yet.

Air Jordan 1


As a kid, when it came time each year to buy a new pair of shoes, I always asked for Air Jordans, or Reebok Pumps, or other kicks my family couldn’t afford at the time. Now, as an adult, I’m a bit excessive on sneaker purchases. I have a couple dozen pairs of shoes, but you’ll often see me sporting the Air Jordan 1 — of which I own four pairs. Like a good pair of jeans, the more beat up they get, the more comfortable they get, and the more I love them.

'This Is How You Lose Her' by Junot Díaz


Junot Díaz’s writing captures a voice that I don’t often see in pop culture — a young, latino, voice influenced by hip-hop, city life, comic books, sci-fi and sports. Díaz’s latest book deals with love, heartbreak, and masculinity in such an honest way that it's painfully good to read. If you’ve ever been in love, been reckless with love, or lost someone you love, This Is How You Lose Her will definitely speak to you.

Los Angeles Dodgers cap


If I could only own one hat in life, it would the blue, New Era 59Fifty fitted cap the Dodgers wear on field. The Dodgers are my favorite baseball team and they have been since I can remember even knowing what baseball was. For me, this is a must-have item. Por vida.

‘We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite’ by Max Roach


We Insist is a hugely underappreciated jazz record. Max Roach is one of the finest drummers of all time and his work has never been more captivating, in large part because of singer Abbey Lincoln. The way her vocals intermingle with the drums, trumpet, trombone, sax, bass and congas here is mesmerizing. The album is a piercing political statement too. The cover depicts a sit-in, and the lyrics touch on slavery, the emancipation proclamation, and social justice movements taking part at the time — the LP was released in 1960. We Insist is at times sparse, at times cinematic, and always haunting. It will stick with you after you’re done hearing it.