The Mike Platania Newsletter

Mike Platania
A business reporter playing Calvinball
Created 18 Feb 2021
  • The Things I Loved in 2021
    31 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    Descending into Huatulco, a moment when I felt very much above the line. I know practically nothing about abstract painting, but I find myself thinking pretty often about Agnes Martin, a late titan of...
  • Midnight in the Museum District
    30 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    A few weeks ago, my girlfriend Hannah and I went to a wedding. We somehow got through the entire evening without taking a single photo together. It’s tempting to attribute the lack of photos to us, yo...
  • The time I met Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack on random weeknight in Richmond
    29 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Last month Mick Jagger was in Charlotte, North Carolina for a concert. Yep, nearly six decades in, The Rolling Stones are still touring, apparently having little issue selling out stadiums all over th...
  • Thoughts from the Blue Ridge
    10 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Rocky Knob Campground, VA With their cross-country tours sidelined the last two summers because of, well, you know, Bike the US for MS organized a ride for alumni through Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountai...
  • European soccer has lost its mind
    25 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    This photo, taken last weekend at Arsenal’s grounds where the mood’s been lower than a snake’s belly this season, tells me that after so many months of anticlimax, soccer is back. Not even 15 minutes ...
  • The Fragility of Life, and Gigantic Honking Lawn Mowers
    30 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Credit: Bad Boy Mowers press kit The following are the only things I believed as a 14-year-old that I remain sure of: The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII is the sickest car ever produced Garrett Hill...
  • Everything I have learned in 30 years
    11 Jun 2021 • 1 min read • 2 0
    My inimitable sister Samantha and I, circa 2009. I turn 30 this weekend. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: Practicing apologizing feels great. I understand being genuinely contrite has been unfashionab...
  • In search of The Perfect Shorts
    21 May 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Hi y’all. Some housekeeping: if you’re subscribed and not getting emails, check your spam filter as Substack sometimes gets caught in there. Also, if you haven’t yet, please subscribe. Cheers! Subscri...
  • We Don't Know Who's In The Suit
    16 Apr 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    I discovered Daft Punk shortly after I finished hanging the posters in my freshman year dorm room. Discovery was the soundtrack to countless late nights at the library, and when I’d keel over with shi...
  • LET'S BUILD A BIKE: '01 Cannondale CAAD7
    18 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Cycling has a materialism problem. Let’s poke fun at Specialized, a company with a sterling reputation that makes the winningest bikes in the pro peloton. In the last year Specialized has both made a ...
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