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Things to Read: Peppa Pig, Typing in All Caps & More
Stories from around the web that found our fancyAt Paper Planes, we love to read — and we’re consistently drawn to great stories centred around design, books and culture. Today, we’re launching a new series ‘Things to Read’ where we’ll share with you the best stories, from around the web, that we’ve read recently. Enjoy.How Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon
This Vox story looks at how the British 4-year-old anthropomorphic pig, who has taken over the imaginations of kids (and adults) in recent times, has become a pop culture icon — particularly for the LGBTQ community — via memes on Twitter and TikTok videos. Read it here.
Should There be an Emoji for Everything?
In the last two weeks, the internet has been graced with designs for new emojis and a redesign of the Unicode website (the non-profit that’s responsible for approving the design of emojis). Fittingly, this piece in The New Yorker dives into how we use emoji, why some proposals are rejected, and why it’s always going to be a talking point. Read it here.
The Meaning of All Caps — In Texting and in Life
Why does it seem like you’re shouting when you type in all caps? This piece in Wired looks at the fascinating history of block letters. As Gretchen McCulloch, the writer, reflects: “The ’90s version of ‘Oh my god, my boss doesn’t realize that periods are passive-aggressive’ was ‘Oh my god, my boss doesn’t realize that all caps is shouting.’” Read it here.
A Writer’s Fixation on Sound
“The sound of words often hits faster than sense,” says American author R.O. Kwon. In this story from The Atlantic, Kwon speaks of the relationship of rhythm to writing and how she stopped obsessing over the first 20 pages of her new novel, The Incendiaries, which took 10 years for her to finish. Read it here.
The joyously addictive game that captured our attention on Game Boys has a new avatar for the 21st century. This in-depth piece, published in the latest issue of Disegno, examines how Tetris has affected our minds and how Tetris Effect — a new game for Playstation 4 — puts these neurological effects into play. It’s thrilling, especially if you’ve ever played (any version of) the game. Read it here.
VSCO Makes A Sophisticated Photo App. The $500 Million Startup Wants To Be More Than That.
The app, well known among millennials for photo-editing features, has had its ups and downs. This Forbes piece goes behind the scenes with the founders, understanding their vision for VSCO, how it got here and where it wants to be. Read it here.
Further Reading via Champaca Bookstore, Library and Café
A cosy new space in Bangalore
Further Reading: For the Rains
A list of recommended reading to lose yourself in while skies heaving with grey clouds threaten the onslaught of a downpour
Further Reading: A Peek at Tarq’s Bookshelf
Hena Kapadia, founder of Tarq, lets us in on her well-catalogued collection
Further Reading: On Nature
A list of recommended reading that brings the living world alive, intertwined with food, natural history, adventure, curiosity and more
Further Reading via Purbasha Sarkar
Web Editor at the Delhi-based May Day Bookstore and LeftWord.com
Further Reading: On Love
Recommended reading on love in all its many forms
Further Reading: A Peek at Pooja Dhingra’s Bookshelf
The Le15 pastry chef speaks about her reading habits and favourite books
Further Reading via Rajni Malhotra, Bahrisons Booksellers
Curator of books at the Delhi store
Navigating the tough terrain of a climber’s mind
Illustrated Books for All!
These titles from Tara Books are beautiful and compelling to read
An Ode to the Anthology
These books from Marg make for rich bite-sized reading for the festive season.
IN PRAISE OF FLOWERS
Discovering floral flavours and fragrances in places near and afar
THE TALE OF THE ITINERANT CANOPY
Tracing the journey of a marble canopy across Bombay
Travelling through time at Baradari
Jaipur’s City Palace reinvented
Further Reading via Virat Chandhok
Curator of books at Bombay’s Wayword and Wise
2017 Christmas Playlist
Tunes to celebrate Christmas
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Self-discovery through travel
Boys equal girls
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Issue 1 – Apple
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Exploring communities and culture
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A photography &lifestyle magazine
Introducing Cereal Magazine - Volume 13
The redesigned CEREAL
Introducing Pasture Magazine
A US based food quarterly
2016 on Instagram
The year in a nutshell
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Introducing Filmme Fatales Zine
Films and feminism
Introducing Weapons of Reason Issue 3
‘The New Old’
A ‘strong’ collective
Introducing Lunch Lady Magazine
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Happy 3rd Anniversary, White Print
White Print completes 3 years
Introducing Weapons of Reason #2
Introducing Sirene Journal
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Introducing MARFA JOURNAL
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Introducing MOOD Zine
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Food and its peripheries
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Introducing Kyoorius Magazine
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Introducing The Travel Almanac Magazine
Examination of post-touristic matters
Introducing Perdiz Magazine
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Introducing Dumbo Feather Magazine
Conversations with extraordinary people.
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a self-published magazine about creation
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Introducing It's Nice That Annual 2014
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Introducing 100% Zine
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Introducing The Helter Skelter Magazine
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