Conversation Piece, October 28, 2018

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Conversation Piece

Enjoy our Sunday series, Conversation Piece, a NUVO–curated digest of things on the Internet we think you’ll want to talk about.

China’s handbag guru. The name’s Bags… Mr. Bags. Okay, his actual name is Tao Liang, but the 26-year-old from China has earned his nickname as the “single most influential voice in the Chinese handbags industry”, as Vice News puts it. Having started out as a blogger, Liang quickly amassed a following of four-million readers and over four years, went from reviewing handbags to designing them with high-end brands like Givenchy and Longchamp. His latest collaboration sold out in a mere seven minutes. Get the full story, here.

Facebook group therapy. There’s one for addiction, another for egg donation, and also one for parents of children who might grow up to be psychopaths—we’re talking about Facebook groups, of course. Since the social media platform announced it would begin prioritizing its community aspects, private Facebook groups have been popping up and acting as online emotional support hubs where people can share their deepest secrets with strangers around the world. While there are positive aspects to this (for example, those diagnosed with super rare diseases can find support from others like them), there is also a more sinister side with trolls and marketers taking advantage of these groups. Read more from The Atlantic, here.

Sasquatch in the spotlight. Type the word “Sasquatch” into Google Images and you’ll likely find an array of blurry, nondescript photos of the legendary forest creature. Thanks to New York–based filmmaker Sara Litzenberger, we now know why the Sasquatch is so hard to capture—and it’s not due to his mythological status. In her debut film titled Undiscovered, Litzenberger provides an alternative narrative that involves the Sasquatch, scared hikers, and a lot of bad selfies. Take a break from the news cycle and enjoy a moment of levity in the form of this animated short. Watch it here.

Clean eating. It could be the dish pile in your sink or maybe it’s a line of crumbs stuck between your oven and counter. The point is, we could all probably do a better job of keeping our kitchens neat and tidy. Thankfully, Bon Appétit shares a few trade secrets to ensure your cooking corner stays clean and clutter-free—and yes, one of the tips explicitly warns against the sink stack: “What you might think is a tidy stack of dishes, all nested together like cute little Matryoshka dolls, is actually a total nightmare waiting to happen.” Read more, here.


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