A few of Bassey's favorite things

I work on quite a few projects here at Canopy, but the one I mention to people in public is that I spend countless hours scouring the internet for the very best stuff to recommend. Sounds pretty cool, yes, but remember that to maintain my credibility as a serious professional, I have to wear actual clothes every day. Like, collars and pants and stuff, so there’s truly a downside to any job.

Not only do I get to recommend the very best stuff to a ton of people every single day, but I also get to write blog posts recommending you my favorite stuff from a selection of my favorite stuff. Graham, our Comms guy, says I should do this every month or so. The key to my professional success is pretending this is a burden of some kind, and that I do not get a visceral thrill from my status as the great quality pontificator. Keep all of that between you and me, though, okay?

Here’s some of the best stuff we’ve recommended in the past month and my methodically constructed, deeply essential notes on each.


There once was a time, maybe 9 months ago, when trying too hard to meme was looked down upon. Thankfully, Lil Nas X and grown up Zoomers are liberating the general public from the tyranny of low meme expectations.

FELT Zine’s interview and exhibition with earnest meme artist namaste.at.home.dad is basically a primer to modern fine art.

We All Scream by Charlotte Druckman (Eater)

I’ll be honest — in my mind, super premium ice cream is a disgrace. A desperate puzzle game where the creator must use some convoluted mix of ingredients in an almost-surely failed attempt to create something as delightful as freshly scooped, normal ice cream.

Objects of Despair: Mars by Meghan O’Gieblyn (The Paris Review)

The Paris Review pins this thought to your brain with a thumbtack: We’re not doing much to make this theoretical techno-utopian society we’re building look much different from the ravages of past inequality that just might be tearing human society apart.

The Suicide Catcher by Michael Paterniti (GQ)

An incredible tale. One man, after hearing a news report about the growing number of suicides on a local bridge, decides to quit his job and dedicate his life to patrolling the 4-mile expanse.

The community of people he has saved calculate their ages from the time he reached them. No one is older than six.

Why Walking on Legos Hurts More Than Walking on Fire or Ice by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie (Smithsonian Magazine)

Learn about the very cool and extremely normal Lego walking community.

We tried the KFC Cheetos sandwich so now you'll have to by Kevin Pang (The Takeout)

So, I’m not nearly adventurous enough a person to actually try the new KFC Chicken sandwich with presumably stale overstock Cheetos inside. But I would love to hear one of my friends describe it. That said, I don’t live in Wisconsin anymore, and here in New York City, my friends are way too into themselves and their dumb bodies to ever put this in that belly. No worries, though, the takeout is willing to be that friend.

thetakeout sincerely,,, thank u.

These Walls: The Shawshank Redemption by Nicholas Russell (Bright Wall Dark Room)

The Shawshank Redemption is a great movie. Everyone loves the Shawshank Redemption. You’re smiling right now, thinking about the Shawshank Redemption. Do you think they’re still on that beach, repairing that washed up old boat from the final scene of the Shawshank Redemption? Anyways, this article is about that movie, as we approach the 25th anniversary of the Shawshank Redemption.

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Bassey Etim
August 8, 2019