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Weekend reading list – week of October 2, 2017

October 6, 2017

Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of October 2nd 2017.

Reading Playboy for the articles
Hugh Hefner’s legacy is undeniably complicated and definitely problematic. While his Playboy magazine is infamous for its nude spreads and objectification of women, the publication was a literary gem, featuring interviews with prominent figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Jimmy Carter and Kurt Vonnegut. How has the magazine’s exclusive interview style influenced journalism?
Read it on Longreads Pocket

Creating a book club out of a t-shirt slogan
What started as an inside joke birthday gift—a t-shirt that said “Well-read Black Girl”—became a conversation starter with curious, book-loving strangers. Inspired by the positive reactions to her statement tee, Glory Edim started an Instagram page, then book club, to highlight black women authors and their stories. Turns out, this mission resonated with a passionate community that had been waiting to flourish.
Read it on Lenny Letter Pocket

Teen Vogue: from problem child to cool kid
While Mama Vogue comes under fire several times a year for questionable articles, Teen Vogue has been passing the quality content test with flying colours for the past two years or so. Teen Vogue has evolved from a youth struggling to find its identity to a woke adolescent earning its place among media giants. How did the magazine climb the popularity ladder so quickly?
Read it on Business of Fashion Pocket

The poetic nature of airports
Do airports make you cranky? If so, chances are, your crankiness is warranted. Long lines, delayed flights, crowds of nervous people… But what if you learned to see it all under a new light? That’s the mission of pilot and author Mark Vanhoenacker, who finds airports deeply charming, even when he’s traveling as a passenger!
Read it on Slate (In French) Pocket

The (upcoming) triumph of cryptocurrency
Despite being touted as the next big thing, cryptocurrencies have faced a number of setbacks since their initial appearance, which led naysayers to dismiss their significance in the future of finance. However, according to Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have more to give than we realise. Maybe we should give them a chance… 😉
Read it on Fee Pocket

In your earbuds: prod.
Quebec’s tech industry is unique, which is why it deserves its own podcast! Alexandre Cayla, digital strategist and user research consultant, has launched a series on product development. Each episode will feature interviews with experts and industry players, and touch upon different challenges within the field.
Listen to it on Le prodcast (In French)

This week’s favourite thing
If you work at an advertising agency or have always wondered what it would be like, behold: this gem. Mad Men, what? Don Draper, who? Nothing you will ever lay your eyes on can depict #agencylife as accurately as this set of photos.

Image from Vogue