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Apartamento

Apartamento: Issue 19, Spring/Summer 2017

Apartamento: Issue 19, Spring/Summer 2017

An Everyday Life Interiors Magazine

This publication is peculiar, because it is two distinct things. When you look at it, it is a messy riot of color and words, seemingly without rhyme or reason. The tagline doesn’t really help, either: ‘An everyday life interiors magazine’. What does that mean? But upon diving into it, all becomes understandable. What you get is a chunky, book-like dense magazine that interviews artists, designers, musicians, writers, etc., in their place of residence. They talk about their lives, loves, art and work. It is engrossing, full of color and colorful stories, and, indeed, true to its tagline. Bi-Annual, Spain, $19.95


Taproot

Taproot: Issue 21, Weave

Taproot: Issue 21, Weave

The Magazine for Makers, Doers and Dreamers

This cozy quarterly published out of Vermont is filled with crafting, homesteading ideas and personal stories. Each issue has a theme - share, myth, wild, etc. - and the stories within expand on all the ways it can be interpreted. Inside you might find articles on harvesting wildflowers, or a knitting pattern, or how to weave a rag rug. Stories might be of people’s encounters with their neighbors across the field and fence, or of building a house or farm, or of sharing a project that takes many hands to complete. A nice size,  with earthy colors, and packed with art and projects, this is one to relish, keep and share. Quarterly, $12.00


Songlines

Songlines: Issue 127, May 2017

Songlines: Issue 127, May 2017

The Best Music from Around the World

Whatever you consider ‘world music’, Songlines covers it. Each issue is packed with interviews, columns and reviews, reviews, reviews. The vast variety of music across our world is revealed here, with the reviews section divided by region - Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe - and adds a fusion section, which mixes traditional styles and sounds into something unique. Whether you are into Malian beats or Irish jigs, Indian sitar or Japanese folk, or you are just looking for something different, this is what you need to find it. Each issue also comes with a CD, which will give you a bunch of new music to listen to, and alone is worth the cover price! Bi-Monthly, UK, $17.50


Little White Lies

Little White Lies: Mar/Apr 2017

Little White Lies: Mar/Apr 2017

Truth & Movies

LWL is an international film magazine, but it isn't at all what you expect. For one thing, it has no glossy film stills, no actor head shots, and no starred reviews. In fact, while they do have reviews, some of those chosen are decades old.

Instead, each issue features one film, covered with depth and interest, but not too seriously. They have critical essays, interviews, perhaps a history of the director or main actor's works, even a deep dive into the genre of the featured film. Every page is illustrated with hand-drawn art, and the whole thing is well-organized and fun to read. The back half always has reviews, using a number rating instead of stars, and they are a mix of new releases - mostly smaller films - and older but perhaps forgotten gems. Bi-Monthly, $12.99


The Common

The Common, issue 13, Spring 2017

The Common, issue 13, Spring 2017

A Modern Sense of Place

This lovely literary journal has short stories and essays, a bit of art, and a smattering of poetry. The stories, sometimes in translation, take place in the curious, unusual or interesting places of our world, often in the first person, and they exude that sense of place they are delving into. Published out of Amherst College twice a year, in a tactile and compact package, I await each issue eagerly. Bi-Annual, $14.00


Nautilus

Nautilus, issue 19, March/April 2017

Nautilus, issue 19, March/April 2017

Science Connected

Nautilus is longform science writing with depth and interest. Science is a broad theme, and they do a great job of covering the gamut, from linguistics to physics, math to health: if people think about it, they probably write about it. Each issue is divided into two sections, one per month, and each has a topic, say, sport or fakes. It is a compact, readable journal, packed with great imagery to help illustrate the ideas contained within. This independent publication is the future of science writing, and is well worth diving into. Bi-Monthly, $12.00


 Boneshaker

Boneshaker, Issue 18

Boneshaker, Issue 18

A Sideways Look at Cycling

This is, as the Boneshaker crew puts it, a reminder that cycling is so much more than a sport. This is a collection of stories about people living life on a bicycle. Stories ranges from a couple and their newborn travelling across the remote regions of our wild world on bicycles, photos of a women-only cycling club on a ride, bicycles in China, Lesotho and Bangladesh, and the existential question of whether or not to use electronic gadgets. As with so many of the great little indies out there, the team behind this is small: most stories are by riders/readers, they come out infrequently, yet it is a small, glorious package each time. If like stories, or cycles, this is for you. Infrequent, Britain, $12.00

Sift

Sift: Issue 7, Spring 2017

Sift: Issue 7, Spring 2017

Living, Breathing, Baking

A King Arthur Flour Publication

Sift is a food magazine for people who love to bake, cook, and eat. Published by King Arthur Flour, which has been milling since 1790, the focus here is on the quality. Each issue delves into a few ingredients, types of bakes, and places that do it well. The publication is packed with recipes - and you can be assured they are well-tested - along with visits to bakeries, stories about the craft of baking, and visits with professional bakers. With hefty paper, lovely photography and a bunch of recipes - indexed in the back - you will want to work into your repertoire, this one is worthy of your cookbook shelf. Quarterly, $12.95


Popshot

Popshot: Issue 17, The Future Issue. Spring/Summer 2017

Popshot: Issue 17, The Future Issue. Spring/Summer 2017

The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing

This bi-annual journal is what's often called flash fiction - super short stories, often only a few pages long. And yet... They are so much more. Emotional. Descriptive. Fantastical. Powerful. Writing excellent short stories is a craft, but to create super-short but fully formed stories, that is a special talent. This publication seeks out new writers with that talent, and gives them a moment to shine. The illustrations that accompany the stories give this small package it's particular beauty, making it one of my most anticipated arrivals. Don't miss it. Bi-Annual, UK, $11.99


Flow

Flow: Issue 17

Flow: Issue 17

A Magazine That Takes its Time

Celebrating Creativity, Imperfection and Life’s Little Pleasures

Each issue of Flow is a happy, colorful, creative, wonderful package of fun. Full of things to do and to ponder, it has interviews with makers and artists, ideas for creativity and simplifying your life, and always contains a little booklet or two within its pages, filled with projects to keep you creative and thoughtful. Published in The Netherlands, and a hefty 150+ pages per issue, this is well worth your investigation. If you are a fan of Uppercase or Taproot, you shouldn’t miss this one. Bi-Monthly, The Netherlands (International edition in English), $22.99


Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification: Issue 25, covering Oct/Nov/Dec 2016

Delayed Gratification: Issue 25, covering Oct/Nov/Dec 2016

The Slow Journalism Magazine

DG is a quarterly news journal that covers what happened over the previous three months. Each issue they go back in time, and look at major stories from across our world, giving them some depth and perspective. With interviews, timelines, photography and amazingly entertaining and readable infographics, they show us our world in hindsight, and with insight. One of my favorite publications, I consider it the best in modern independent publishing. Get hooked. Quarterly, Britain, $20.00


New Philosopher

New Philosopher: issue 15, Future

New Philosopher: issue 15, Future

For Curious People Looking for Solutions to the Fundamental Issues Faced by Humankind

This quarterly published out of Australia has quietly become one of the best philosophy publications available. ‘Philosophy’ being such a nebulous word, I shall try to describe what they do: New Philosopher looks at modern social issues from a philosophical perspective. Using everything from quotes and statistics, to illustration and comics they delve into the issues that nag at our modern life. Past topics include the idea of property, why we travel, technology and fame. Each issue follows the theme like a thread, with knots of essays, interviews, illustrations and collections of both short and longer pieces giving thoughtful depth to the philosophical concept at hand. Engrossing and thought provoking, it is just what we need when our world becomes confounding. Quarterly, Australia, $10.99


Esquire Big Black Book UK Ed.

Esquire UK The Big Black Book, issue 9, Spring/Summer 2017

Esquire UK The Big Black Book, issue 9, Spring/Summer 2017

Style and Luxury for Men

This bi-annual publication by the UK arm of Esquire is a compendium of the interesting and the influential in the world of Esquire. Whether they are compiling a list of the coolest 100 things right now, or talking with the tastemakers of the moment, each issue reflects a very modern British urbane style. Combined with the distinctive writing and cool sophistication, there is a very James Bond feel to the publication. At over 200 pages, with a nice hefty paper stock and classy cover, it will do nicely for those times when you want to settle into a comfortable club chair with a rocks glass full of something amber. Take a look. Bi-Annual, $14.99

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