This week, we’re not only celebrating the arrival of spring, but a number of reads that have enhanced our work lives—some in a thought-provoking way, others in a fun, possibly procrastinating, way. Therefore, we urge you to learn about mummy brown, reconsider indulging your sweet tooth with dark chocolate, and delve into the online archive of powerful interviews.
- 1 Our eyes recognize about 10 million different colors. While picking six of the rarest hues is an ambitious endeavour—as you’ll learn from The Crazy Stories Behind 6 Of The World’s Rarest Colors on Co.Design—scholars of the Harvard Art Museums examine how artists have used materials through the centuries. The six colors? Yellow made from cow pee, a blue more expensive than gold, a mythic purple, mummy brown, cochineal red, and a toxic yellow. And they all have some astounding stories to tell. Learn more about the art laboratory in our interview with Narayan Khandekar.
- 2 Agitation, anaemia, angina, asthma are just some of the diseases said to be treatable with chocolate. While we’ve often been told to choose its darker shade over its milky or white kind—remember, it’s good for your health—this article in The Guardian now reveals the real—or dark—truth of the sweet treat.
- 3 The following link may have you rethink your evening plans for weeks to come. One of the strongest voices in publishing, The Gentlewoman’s tradition of printing empowering interviews with influential women is no longer limited to offline browsing. Deciding between 68 stories was an challenging task, yet the pieces featuring ingenious British author Zadie Smith, Phoebe Philo, the mastermind behind the clothes women actually want to wear, and Selma film director Ava DuVernay will indefinitely remain on our all-time-favorites list.
- 4 Dividing the Mekong Delta, neighbors Cambodia and Vietnam have a conflicting past that is often overlooked by international media. Supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, with A people in limbo, many living entirely on the water The New York Times reporters shed light on hundreds of floating, labyrinthine villages and its tens of thousands inhabitants—most of which belong to “yuon”, a Vietnamese ethnic minority, which the Cambodian authorities would like to disappear entirely.
- 5 With Beat the Traffic, an AI-based mini game for your browser, you can quite literally beat traffic jams. Select a traffic camera feed (you’re spoilt for choice: Berlin, L.A., Barcelona, and Tokyo are just some of the cities to pick from) and turn incoming cars into fruit, rainbows, or unicorns by clicking on them.
Hopefully you enjoyed the reads from this week’s Link List, but if you’ve still got an internet itch to scratch, you can find more here.
Photography: Franziska Sinn