What I Read This Week - 15th April

There hasn't really been time to read anything this week, and my mind is mostly elsewhere, but here's a selection of things that caught my attention; the list is mainly about memory, I'd say, and nostalgia, in a roundabout way. - As Fenway Park Turns 100, Remember That It Almost Didn't Make It (Anthony Flit at the Atlantic Cities)

One downside, as my Boston Globe colleague Bob Hohler points out, is that it is an experience increasingly out of reach for middle-class families. The Red Sox lead the league in actual average home ticket prices at $151.10, followed by the Cubs ($108.70), the Phillies ($100.71), the Yankees ($90.21) and the Nationals ($88.24). It’s hard to say how much the cost of all the renovations and improvements at a 100-year-old facility factors into this – the major cost being the payroll for the players – and harder still to imagine that a brand new ballpark wouldn’t trigger this same kind of impact on fans. But historic preservation is always costly.

I lived, for a bit, just around the corner from Fenway Park. In the summer, if the apartment windows were open and it was a still night, I could hear the crowds roaring. But I only saw the Red Sox play once. My boyfriend at the time had been given a pair of tickets by a woman who approached him in the street on his walk home from class and asked if he wanted them. It was a sticky September night; the vendors on the street were selling "Jeter Sucks A-Rod" shirts and the air smelled of things about to happen, or about to change. Somehow the serendipity of the evening and the way the grass looked under the floodlights made it seem like it didn't really matter who won or who lost.

- The U.K.'s most depressing shopping centers, when they were new (Mark Byrnes at the Atlantic Cities)

"There's always something fascinating about a previous generation's view of the future — what makes many of the brutalist landscapes so interesting is that they were views of the future that were actually built and have decayed and degraded over our lifetimes," says Gatenby. "The things I find and post are not about nostalgia, they're about creating a momentary view of what things were actually like."

- Surfing the Sahara (Nathan Myers at Matador Network)

I remember a local news reporter asking us why we’d come here. It’s a good question. I’m thinking, why is there a news crew here?

I like the incongruity of these photos, of the whole thing. When I was little I used to spend hours looking through my father's back issues of Surfer's Journal, not reading but falling into the photographs, alarmed and amazed in equal measure. Maybe that's a story I've told here before, I can't remember, but for some reason it's left a big impression on me and whenever I see a story about surfing, catch a glimpse of a man or a woman on a wave, I get that same pleasurably vertiginous feeling I used to get. Chasing waves in the Sahara: why not?

- More Than $1K Worth of Clothes I’ll Never Wear Again (Emily Gould at The Billfold)

Who doesn’t need a leather vest? Oh wait, I know: everyone. Everyone doesn’t need a leather vest.