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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
The Architectural Review
This monthly has been published since 1896, and each swoon-worthy issue shows us why this old master is still a valued resource in these challenging times. Each issue is a showcase of current thinking and historical perspective on the architectural topic at hand. Covering topics that range from housing and shared space to facades and craft to countries and cultures, the perspectives are international and in depth. Each issue focuses on one topic, with articles on individual buildings both current and historical, essays that are interesting and critical, interviews, and image after image, from photos to illustrations to architectural layouts. I am pleased to have this excellent publication on my shelves. Monthly, Britain, $36.75
Interiors / Art / Architecture / Travel
This quarterly design publication covers interiors, architecture, design and art. Published out of Hong Kong, and covering the countries of southeast Asia mainly, the aesthetic found in these pages is alternatively classic, ornate colonial buildings, or spare and precise modern buildings in a lush, natural setting. Each issue visits several homes, hotels, cities and cultural destinations. They have product design spreads, interviews with architects and artists, and book reviews. Beautiful photography, a hefty 200+ pages per issue, with nice thick paper and a clean, matte design add up to a gorgeous publication, not to be missed. Hong Kong, Quarterly, $11.99
This hefty, 300+ page publication is the current project by Leith Clark, who began Lula in 2005. Considered the ‘next progression’ by Leith and her team, it is more mature, but still playful and powerful. Produced by an all-woman team, they commission female photographers, editors and artists to create a publication that highlights the power, beauty and awesomeness of women. Packed with interviews by and of women young and old, many powerful and creative, and filled with a plethora of fashion photography, it looks like a fashion magazine but reads like a modern feminist blog. Very 21st century. Bi-Annual, Britain, $19.75
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 what I might call a bicycle-positive life. Stories inside might include pedalling across the remote regions of the world with a child in tow, or perhaps local people using bicycles in some foreign land like Lesotho or Bangladesh. Perhaps there is an essay on the magic of building your own bike, or the existential question of whether or not to use electronic gadgets. Cargo bike-using businesses, the sadness of abandoned cycles on city streets, or an all-women-of-color club in LA. 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 you like stories, or cycles, this is for you. Infrequent, Britain, $12.00
Little white lies
Truth & Movies
LWL is an international film magazine of great films, 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, UK $12.99
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
The Fabulous Women's Magazine
This is the epitome of a modern, classy women's interests magazine. Each bi-annual issue is divided into chapters, giving some structure to the articles. Within this framework you get interviews with interesting and important women, shorter articles on living in the modern world, and useful tidbits from packing a suitcase to threading eyebrows. Interspersed are fashion spreads that tell a story. Whether they are featuring sophisticated and wearable modern classics, or quirky thrift store finds, they are always fun and stylish. With a clean, readable design, large size and enough pages to keep you occupied until the next issue, it is a beauty. Bi-Annual, Britain, $15.99
This publication is one of a new kind of travel journal that are changing the genre, and what a special one this is! Lodestars publishes an issue every four months - they call it tri-annually - and each issue is a journey to one place. Each chunky issue is a vibrant traveler's journal, with stories that follow their route, the pages filled with watercolors and photography that bring the adventure to vivid life.
For issue 8, they visit New Zealand, with its stunning, rugged landscapes and generous people. They visit Auckland and Wellington, Kaikoura, where a massive earthquake hit in 2016, and Russell, New Zealand’s first seaport. Trips take us on a road trip via camper van, following in the footsteps of Captain Cook, and to mountains and beaches, fly fishing and coffee. A whole lot of a lovely, tiny, stunning country, a journey of a lifetime. Take a look. Issue 8, Fall 2017, New Zealand, Tri-Annual, UK, $25.99
Esquire's the big black book uk ed.
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, Britain, $14.99
About Men Who Date Men
This is a bi-annual gay men’s publication that has really risen the bar in the four or five years it has been around. Based out of Brooklyn, it is in turns intellectual, raunchy, insightful and moving. A small, hefty 200+ glossy pages, each edition is packed with interviews, essays, photo spreads, fashion, stories, memoirs and whatever else the editors come up with. The team behind Hello Mr. are also offering residencies to develop and create a zine, the results of which are inserted in the pages of their publication. The first of these is in issue 9, so if you are interested in what the future of queer publishing may look like, take a look. Bi-Annual, Issue 9, Fall 2017, $20.00
Documenting Cycling Journeys Around the World
Far Ride is a gorgeous publication that takes us on cycling trips far and wide. Published from Seoul, Korea, with hefty, art-quality paper and an elegant layout, this one simply feels different. Trips could be on the back roads of Korea, across the open plains of East Asia, or into the unknown lands of Africa. Photo essays, long personal stories, and interviews with riders and dreamers keep us absorbed and intrigued from front cover to the final page. Small print runs and self-distribution make this one rare, so grab it while you can. Bi-annual, South Korea, $23.00
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), $23.99
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 bi-monthly 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 science writing for today’s culture, and is well worth diving into. Bi-Monthly, $12.00