Weekend reading list – week of February 29, 2016

March 4, 2016

Each week, TP1 shares the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of February 29.

Selling soup on podcasts
According to recent stats, some 17% of Americans 12 years or older—that’s nearly 46 million people—listen to at least one podcast every month, as compared to just 95% in 2008. But despite the growing popularity of podcasts, few big advertisers add this communications medium into their advertising mix. Why the stalling?
Read it on The Wall Street Journal Pocket

The politics of dick pics
Blurry photos of male genitals sent via text message are rarely welcomed. More often than not, the infamous dick pic is perceived as ridiculous and not sexy, inspiring mixed feelings of sadness and anger. Journalist Ross Scarano attributes this to the fact that, unlike the female body, the male body just isn’t eroticized in North American heterosexual culture. How is the selfie trend and sexting changing this perception?
Read it on Complex Pocket

Your pocket therapist
Starting therapy is not an easy decision to make. You have to be ready to commit to the process, but you also have to find the right therapist and make the necessary time in your weekly schedule. And, of course, don’t forget the cost! What if there was an app to help you navigate this complex process?
Read it on New York Magazine Pocket

Where designers are born
Founded in Paris in 1982, the École nationale supérieure de création industrielle (ENSCI) is reputed to be the best industrial design school in the world. Step into the corridors of this unparalleled institution that is half educational, half business venture.
Read it on Télérama (French only) Pocket

Porry Hatter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Have you ever heard of Larin Petr, Porry Hatter, Harry Proglotter or Tanya Grotter? They are Harry Potter’s Russian cousins, or rather, the character names used in Russian rip-offs of J.K. Rowling’s books. Calvert Journal, an online magazine about Russian culture, has published an astonishing article by journalist Sasha Raspopina about the Soviet fascination for the world’s most famous magician. Harmless copies or nationalist provocations?
Read it on Calvert Journal Pocket

This week’s favourite thing:
What would happen if someone took your smartphone away? Find out the answer with Removed, a series of photographs by Eric Pickersgill, who wanted to explore our collective addiction to technology.

Dans vos oreilles: The Stack
In this episode of The Stack, a 30-minute podcast produced by Monocle Magazine, meet George Lois, the mythic artistic director who is considered the inspiration for Mad Men’s Don Draper.