Stories from around the web that found our fancy

At Paper Planes, we love to read — and we’re consistently drawn to great stories centred around design, books and culture. With ‘Things to Read’, we share with you the best stories, from around the web, that we’ve read recently. Enjoy.

Things Chefs Do That You Should Not Do
Hot takes or heresies? From zesting to ice baths, this article on Taste by JJ Goode — a cookbook co-author — suggests a few things chefs do, that you needn’t do at all! Convinced or not, this is a great reminder that home cooking can be simple and effortless, without skimping on any real goodness. Read it here.

Sibylle vs. Twen, A Cold War-Era Fashion Bible for Each Side of The Berlin Wall
This Document Journal article charts the course of two magazines in the Sixties, existing in polarising ideologies, subverting the notion of being ‘mere’ fashion magazines in their own way, by pioneering and weaponising everything from layout and photography to writing and style. Read it here.

What Makes Someone Attack a Work of Art? Here Are 9 of The Most Audacious Acts of Art Vandalism — And What Inspired Them
The title says it all. This Artnet News story looks at various art aggressors throughout history and their motivations — from political statements and religious delusions to just artistic disgruntlement. Read it here.

The Ethics of Eating
We like to think of our eating habits as personal histories and the result of careful reasoning, exercising our free will among the host of choices available to us. But how we eat has changed on a global scale, not in the least due to a surge in processed foods, industrial farming (including meat) and the many Zomatos occupying our world today. A review of the book The Way We Eat Now by Bee Wilson, this piece in The Nation explores the changes that have led to food culture today and its effects — on our health, our psyches and the environment. Read it here.

Welcome to Estonia’s Isle of Women
“There is a clear hierarchy in Kihnu: children, community and, lastly, men.” This New York Times piece looks at the tiny Estonian island run exclusively by women, and how its eccentric and vibrant way of life is now threatened by a dwindling population. Read it here.