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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 125, March 2017

Songlines: Issue 125, March 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: Jan/Feb 2017

Little White Lies: Jan/Feb 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


Pacific Standard

Pacific Standard, March/April 2017

Pacific Standard, March/April 2017

Stories that Matter

PS fills that space between The Atlantic and National Geographic, with a touch of Hedgehog Review for good measure. Interesting and timely, it covers current issues, but it replaces the politics with cultural studies and science. Let's call it sociology-based journalism! I always find something good to read inside that is well-researched and well-written. It is what you are looking for, when you don't know what you want to read. I always try to have a stack on hand, so give it a whirl. Bi-Monthly, $5.99


Delayed Gratification

The Slow Journalism Magazine

Delayed Gratification, issue 24: Covering July/Aug/Sept 2016

Delayed Gratification, issue 24: Covering July/Aug/Sept 2016

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


 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

Drift

Drift: Volume 5, Melbourne

Drift: Volume 5, Melbourne

Drift puts the focus squarely on coffee and place. Visiting one city for each issue, they delve deeply into how coffee plays a role in the culture. They do this with articles on the history, people and places that make it unique, along with pages and pages of well framed and un-captioned photos. We visit cafes, talk to baristas and owners, and discover all manner of interesting characters that keep the coffee flowing in their chosen city. Well written and photographed, each issue is a gem. Bi-Annual, $24.00


Flow

Flow: Issue 16

Flow: Issue 16

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


Uppercase

Uppercase: Issue 32, Pattern Recognition

Uppercase: Issue 32, Pattern Recognition

For The Creative and Curious

Uppercase is for those who like a bit of creativity in their lives.  Each quarterly issue - which has a theme ranging from various fabric arts, to papercrafts, to color and patterns - is a compendium of creative artists and their wares. A riot of color and inspiration, these makers range from professional artists to hobbyists, collectors, curators and creators.  There are interviews, collections of artists, design guides, tours of studios, and designers at work. Each issue is eagerly awaited. Whether you are seeking inspiration, aspiration, or beauty in craft, this is what you are looking for. Quarterly, Canada, $18.00


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


Victory Journal

Victory Journal, issue 12: Odyssey

Victory Journal, issue 12: Odyssey

This oversized publication covers sports like no one else could. It's vast size - close to 2 feet tall, and a foot wide - gives it plenty of room for the lengthy and engrossing photo essays that make up the bulk of the content. With pieces on everything from wrestling to cowpokes, ballet to rugby, sports is merely the frame they fill with fascinating insights into culture and humanity. As such, there is something interesting in here for even the non-sports fans. Quite fabulous, as only independent mags can be. Bi-annual, $16.00


Hole & Corner

Hole & Corner, issue 11: Reflection

Hole & Corner, issue 11: Reflection

Celebrating Craft, Beauty, Passion and Skill

Hole & Corner discovers the people that make beautiful handmade objects, and visits them in their place of creation - be it a potter in the UK or a man who crafts miniature replicas of classic cars outside Los Angeles. Each quarterly issue talks with craftspeople and collectors about art and creation, along with essays, discussions and stunning photography. A bit of art, on a bit of art. Quarterly, UK, $25.99

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