Weekend reads: No, Gen Z isn't doomed; the pizza that conquered the world; ultraviolet is just what we need

Kristin Tyndall's reads

A previously unknown H.G. Wells ghost story will appear in the next issue of The Strand Magazine. The magazine's managing editor discovered the manuscript in the University of Illinois library—and even leading Wells scholars said they didn't know it existed. When experts examined the work to verify it, they quickly recognized one characteristic: Wells' terrible handwriting. As an avid reader of both Wells and another of the Strand's famous contributors (Arthur Conan Doyle), I can't wait to spend a winter evening curled up by a fire with this supernatural mystery.

Is Generation Z really doomed? We've seen several articles this year arguing that growing up with smartphones and social media has doomed today's teens to long-term mental health challenges. But in this article, several researchers question that conclusion. One researcher also points out that social media can be helpful, offering a way for people with stigmatized conditions to support each other. The bottom line is that it's how someone uses technology—not the technology itself—that contributes to their mental health, these researchers argue.

Kathleen Escarcha's reads

Ultra Violet is 2018’s color of the year, according to color experts Pantone. Pantone searched the world for “color signals” in cars, houseware, and fashion. 2018’s winner is an electric shade of purple that appears in the cosmos and the wellness movement, says Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute (PCI). Ultra Violet also combines “seemingly diametrically opposed colors—blue and red“ to create something new, which is exactly the kind of energy we need for the year ahead, says Laurie Pressman, PCI’s vice president.

Naples had a citywide pizza party to celebrate its newly won spot on Unesco’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Unesco awarded Naples’ community of roughly 3,000 pizza makers for the centuries old culinary art of ‘pizzaiuolo.’ The road to recognition began nearly 300 years ago and has been paved by “earthquakes, Vesuvius, [and] the wars,” says celebrity pizzaiuolo Gino Sorbillo. But the art of Neapolitan pizza has survived and now it “has conquered the world,” he says.  


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