How the Air Jordan 1 Became the New Chuck Taylor

A truly great sneaker eventually transcends its original purpose. Think of the Adidas Stan Smith, or the Vans Sk8-Hi—the former designed for tennis, the latter for skateboarding, both now simply canonical sneakers. The first shoe to attain this status was the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star, a state-of-the-art basketball model around the turn of last century and now a go-to for people of every demographic, most who wouldn’t know Chuck Taylor from Chuck Berry. Michael Jordan’s memory is much fresher, but as we get further and further from the original Air Jordan’s basketball roots, the shoe itself has become the Chuck Taylor of a new generation. Continue reading How the Air Jordan 1 Became the New Chuck Taylor

How the Music of Hawai’i’s Last Ruler Guided the Island’s People Through Crisis

Oahu, Hawai’i, 1877. Queen Lili’uokalani, the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands, prepared her party to leave for Honolulu after spending time at the country ranch of Col. James Harbottle Boyd. As she mounted her horse and looked back to ensure everyone was ready, she saw Boyd pull one of her friends into a tender embrace. Surrounded by the verdant flora of the island, the lovers passionately kissed farewell, then with longing separated.

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The Dreams Of A Man Asleep For Three Weeks

On March 22, 2018, I was rushed to the hospital for life-saving surgery. Due to complications with the procedure, I didn’t regain full, coherent consciousness until the second week in April. For three weeks I was stuck inside my own mind, subject to a seemingly unending series of dreams. Dreams covering on a variety of themes, some light and hopeful, others dark and dismal. I dreamed the end of my life over and over. I was a hero and a villain. Sometimes, but not often, I was Michael Fahey. Continue reading The Dreams Of A Man Asleep For Three Weeks