Welcome to yet another The Moment, an online publication from Break North.
The Moment is about catching up with friends of Break North from all over the world to find out what they’re into right now.
We hope you enjoy our fifth installment from one of buddies in Hawaii, by way of Texas and Boston. Dan Hutchins is an English professor and all-around stylish and international dude. We caught up with him before his Hawaiian holidays while he was staying in Boston.
Where are you at these days?
Right now, I'm in Boston
If I’m visiting Boston, what’s a must-see attraction off the beaten path?
The Boston Athenæum – the oldest private library in North America.
You're obviously into reading, what have you been reading lately?
Books? I've got lots of good book recommendations. When I read for fun I read almost exclusively speculative fiction, like sci-fi and fanstasy.
Some good speculative fiction novels I've read in the past few years: The City and the City and Perdido Street Station by China Miéville; Anathem by Neal Stephenson; The Quantum Thief by H. Rajaniemi; The Peripheral by William Gibson; Among Others by Jo Walton; Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie; The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis.
Some good books to prepare for a Trump presidency: Walled States, Waning Sovereignty and Undoing the Demos by Wendy Brown; Hyperobjects by Tim Morton; Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias; The Road by Cormac McCarthy. (that last one, kind of a joke. kind of).
Read any good longform articles lately?
Actually, two come to mind: “How to Hide $400 Million” and “Inside Italy’s ultras: the dangerous fans who control the game.”
Any new albums you’re feeling?
Kaytranada’s debut album 99.9%. (Not exactly new new. But new for me.)
Have you revisited any olds albums recently?
I’m constantly going back to Frank Ocean's Channel Orange; Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Funeral, Neon Bible, and Reflektor; The National's Alligator, Boxer, High Violet, and Trouble Will Find Me; Sharon Van Etten's Tramp; and Neko Case's Middle Cyclone and Fox Confessor.
Can you recommend something binge-worthy on Netflix?
How about podcasts?
Can you tell us about any new clothes you've picked up?
Any old articles of clothing that are still kicking and worth a mention?
One thing I wore a lot this fall was a Mackintosh raincoat. These things are expensive, but I just inherited it from my dad. Kind of stole it from him, really.
What’s your secret to staying young?
I'm a whore for bathroom products. Kiehl's all the way. Use some kind of lotion to protect under your eyes every day. Use a good moisturizer on your face.