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Verge Favorites: Paul Miller

Verge Favorites: Paul Miller


The Verge editors pick their current favorites in music, movies, books and more.

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The 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.

George Harrison — All Things Must Pass


One of the last songs I heard on the internet, before I left the internet, was "If Not For You," which was written by Bob Dylan for George Harrison's solo debut. So one of the first albums I bought after I left the internet was George Harrison's solo debut, All Things Must Pass, which I'd never listened to despite my long-time obsession with The Beatles. The album doesn't quite merit spanning three CDs, but there are some songs on there that feel as vital and permanent as any top cut from The Beatles catalogue.



Like any Alien obsessive, or even a casual critic, I can find innumerable problems with Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi. But ultimately, for me, Prometheus was Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi, and no plot hole or heavy-handed exposition can take that magical fact away from me. Prometheus was a beautiful, jarring, serious film that makes fanboy-faves like the recent Star Trek reboot and every single Marvel movie ever look like they belong on Disney Channel.

Plato — Timaeus and Critias


Ultimately, everything is composed of triangles, in Plato's incredible dialogue about life, the universe... everything. My handy Penguin Classics version has pictures in the appendix to illustrate a few of the crazier ideas, including the way our souls intersects with our bodies, and how you can make earth, air, fire, and water out of triangles.

Vapur Flexible Water Bottles


I've followed water bottle trends over the past decade very closely. We went from disposable bottles, to Nalgene, to aluminum, and now, apparently, we've returned to plastic (I'm sure Camelbak fits in there somewhere). Basically the Vapur is like a big Capri Sun with a nozzle on top. The big twist is that when the bottle is empty you can fold it up and notch a hook over it to keep it minimal. Hydration will never be the same.



I bought a rangefinder camera from 1977. I haven't had any film developed yet, so I don't know if it was a terrible idea, but I'm really enjoying taking pictures. Focusing with a rangefinder is an exciting process, and there are hardly any settings to mess with — just aperture and whatever ISO film you're using. As a bonus, the camera is built like a tank, and... well, I just like it is all.

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