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Hand picked reads - October 2015


INDUSTRY READS

Royal warrant shirtmaker Turnbull and Asser - celebrating their 130th anniversary - have opened a store in Mayfair. The opening for the bespoke shirt specialists is the first in a series of expansions, with the company set to unveil a second store in New York later in the year.

Bespoke Italian knitwear, locally sourced and boldly patterned, has hit London. 40 Colori, the store planning to provide ‘every man with his new favourite Made in Italy accessory’, opened in Shoreditch last week.

INSTAGRAM VISUALS

Hyper-realistic pastel paintings with a social conscience - specifically focusing on the environment - are presented by Zaria Lynn, via designmilk.

Hyper-realistic pastel paintings with a social conscience - specifically focusing on the environment - are presented by Zaria Lynn, via designmilk.

International traveller / jeweller, gemagenta, uses her instagram feed to post rich shots of the world as she sees it.

International traveller / jeweller, gemagenta, uses her instagram feed to post rich shots of the world as she sees it.

 

Photographer Leela Cyd’s passions are twofold: nature and good design. Her feed comprises both in equal measure.

Desert-dwelling artist Lily Stockman draws equally on her sense of composition and the arid landscape for her shots.

Desert-dwelling artist Lily Stockman draws equally on her sense of composition and the arid landscape for her shots.

International tastemakers APC are the height of good taste - as evidenced by their latest foray into street style.International tastemakers APC are the height of good taste - as evidenced by their latest foray into street style.

WHAT TO LISTEN TO

A sharp, life-affirming shot of groovebox electronica. Features Joe Goddard, Cesare and Duke Dumont.

A collection of mellow songs for slackers, courtesy of Spotify. Features a range of low-key tones from Real Estate, Tame Impala and Youth Lagoon.

A soft, heart-warming, cosy playlist, replete with the loving tones of Laura Marling and Bon Iver.

DEEP THINKS

 

In the 21st Century, anyone can be a creative. Everyone is reminded, when struggling to make sense of life, that our best selves “are merely one doodle away”. Laura Holson of the New York Times finds a wave of companies exploiting the opportunity to sell the key to unlocking your creative, happiness-enriching potential.

It’s time to approach life like a video game. A new school of thought believes that conceptualising your problems like those of a role playing game – by vying for experience, level-ups and power-enhancing items – may be the most manageable way of tackling them.

The Internet has depreciated in worth over the past decade. Or so says blogger Hossein Derakhshan, imprisoned in Iran for 6 years for exercising his right to free speech online. He believes that to restore the web to its combative former glory, text, not images, need to become the focal point of our daily interactions.

Being gay in the culinary world is just as difficult now, in 2015, as it has been in recent memory. As one food writer and former chef found out, many people prefer to ‘pass’ - keeping their potentially troubling sexuality hidden – than to reveal who they really are, even in the city that gave birth to Harvey Milk.

There are three trillion trees on the planet - half as many as there would be if humans weren’t here. According to new research by Yale University, humans chop down 15 million trees a year, highlighting the heavily one-sided relationship we’ve established with nature.

WHAT TO WATCH

The photographer behind the ‘paean to chic older ladies’, Advanced Style – Ari Seth Cohen - has collaborated with NOWNESS to document and celebrate the stylish older gent. The playful video follows the pioneers as they explain the rationale behind their outlandish and engaging approach to clothing.

Computer Scientist Alan Eustace talks to a TED audience about his world record-breaking fall through the sound barrier. Beating the record set by Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, Eustace fell to earth at over 820 miles an hour from a height of 25 miles, generating a sonic boom that was heard by people on the ground.

YOU AND YOUR BODY

Straight men in close, tightly woven societies have always indulged in pseudo-gay behaviour, and always found a way to explain it away. VICE speaks to the author trying to unpick the worldview that sees gay as OK, providing the participants remember to utter the disclaimer: “no homo”.

Many people in their twenties and thirties are suffering with a decreased libido. Given how close - and connected - the digestive tract and reproductive organs are, new research suggests that the side effects of antibiotics could be to blame.

What does it mean to be a man and to prioritise your other half’s career? Families can begin with the express intention of sharing parenting duties, but careers are not uniform - one person’s responsibilities don’t fade away as soon as the responsibilities of the other expand. Andrew Moravcsik writes about how, in his family, his wife - president of a major US non-profit - has assumed the traditional role of the breadwinner, and he has taken up the a-typical mantle of ‘lead parent’.


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