I have been busy, busy, busy this past month, since I posted last! We had the Division/Clinton neighborhood street fair a few Saturdays ago, which was a rousing success – thanks to everyone who stopped by! One of the highlights for me is always the parade, which is small but powerful. This year we got three marching bands, along with all the local floats and businesses – what fun!
I have also been working very hard on creating a new website. This is something I have been thinking about for a while, and I have finally gotten started. It will be fresh and modern, but more importantly have more functionality. I am also planning to add an ecommerce feature, which will give me the ability to ship the great, but hard to find, independent titles I focus on. This should be exciting to those of you who can’t make it to the stand – I can spread the indie-love a bit farther! I will let you know more as things get closer, so stay tuned.
One last thing, before we get to the good stuff: we have a new, orange neighbor. That’s right, there is a Biketown bikeshare station at the corner of Division and 30th! So if you were planning on giving them a try, you might consider The City Reader as a suitable destination – fun, informative and good for you. Just remember to use your hand signals!
OK, on to print!
Today I thought I would start out with some of the Olympics-themed issues I have on the shelves. Let’s go!
This issue has a theme of Arab Olympians, and along with all the usual interesting stuff, they have interviews with Olympic athletes from a variety of countries, including Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia. You will also find pieces on a florist in Dubai, a fashion designer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and a psychedelic band from Turkey. Of course. Bi-Monthly, May/June, $26.90
National Geographic History: This issue has an article on ancient Greek Olympia, the inspiration for our modern version. Also inside: Tesla vs. Edison, Claudius after Caligula and Ramses wedding. Bi-Monthly, July/August, $9.99
Runner’s World (Sept, $5.99), Outside (Swimmer Ryan Lochte, Aug., $5.99) and Bicycling (Sept., $5.99) all have Olympic stories as well. Let the games begin!
Porter: This is their fall fashion issue, and it is a nice heft. Interviews with interesting women, photo shoots with beautiful women, and tons of luxe fashion. Bi-Monthly, Fall, $9.99
Gray: This is the Design Rebels issue, featuring an interview with Steven Holl. The rest of this full issue includes design, products, architecture and fashion, all within the aesthetic of the Pacific Northwest. Bi-Monthly, August/September, $7.00
Nautilus: This issue the two themes are Noise and Sport. We get inside the biomechanics of Scott Jurek, the ultramarathoner, and the brain of Alex Honnold, the greatest free solo climber, ever. Plus lots of other cool science-y things, like noise in New York and whether or not gambling on fantasy sports is gambling. The pinnacle of science mags. Bi-Monthly, July/August, $12.00
I have also brought a few new things into the science section: Air & Space (August, $6.99), from Smithsonian, and Discover (September, $5.99).
A few more nice things:
Doctor Who Magazine: If you can never get enough of Tom Baker, this is the issue for you! They call it 500 issues +1, and other than the regular columns, it is all TB – a 7-part interview. Whew. Monthly, issue 501, August, $11.99
1859: Now monthly. August, $5.95
Juxtapoz: September, $6.99
Mother Earth Living: New to the shelves, by the folks who do Mother Earth News. The focus is on lifestyle and food. Bi-Monthly, September/October, $5.99
Esquire: An interview with Clint and Scott Eastwood. September, $5.99
Clever Root: Quarterly on slow food, wine and cannabis. Spring/Summer, $10.00
The shelves are looking pretty good, and more new stuff should be arriving in the next week or so. Don’t be a stranger, come on by! Oh, and Keep Reading!