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DG is a quarterly news journal for folks seeking an alternative to the fake news/social media/24 hour news cycle we seem to be trapped in. The folks at DG use hindsight and reportage to track down a bunch of stories that mattered, and compile them into an awesome publication every three months. For each quarterly issue, they look at a few important stories from across our world, giving them some depth and perspective. With interviews, timelines, photography and amazingly colorful, entertaining and readable infographics, they show us our world with insight. One of my favorite publications, I consider it the best in modern independent publishing. Get hooked. Quarterly, UK, $20.00
These days, travel publications crowd the magazine racks, from monthly ‘stay here, do this’ glossies to annual or biannual tomes filled with stories on one destination. Lodestars falls into the latter category, but stands apart. Each hefty volume takes us to one country, and attempts to find the heart of the place. Written very much as classic travel memoir, they might go on a paddling trip, or walk a historic trail, or visit the culinary destinations that embody the terroir of the region. For each trip the authors, photographers and illustrators document the landscape, people and culture as personal experience, lovingly remembered. Lush and unexpected, this is armchair travel at its best. Don’t miss it! Triannual, UK, $21.00
Bright and exuberant, this bi-annual publication out of Brooklyn is a celebration of women and their place in the world of food. From chefs to start-up food entrepreneurs, cookbook authors to restaurant owners, famous or not-yet-famous, Cherry Bombe celebrates all these women and more. In each lengthy issue, you might find interviews with food icons, riffs on women making it in professional kitchens, or the story behind how a woman restaurateur got her start. Full of fun, without any fluff, it is one of the best of today’s modern independent publications. Bi-Annual, US, $20.00
Published by Kyoto Journal
If you are familiar with Kyoto Journal, or if you find small homes to be splendid, then you will be interested in this lovely little book. Compact but exquisite, it is filled with page after page of photos of the small, sometimes ramshackle and always emotive buildings tucked into the nooks and crannies of Kyoto. Volume one was funded through Kickstarter, and thoroughly sold out. This volume, photographed via iPhone on John Einarsen’s travels by bicycle through the side streets of Kyoto, is just as wonderful. Perfect. 2018, Japan, $16.50
What it Means to Live Today
I am excited to carry this interesting little design criticism publication! This quarterly published out of London is most identifiable by its unique format. Designed with an extra fold, it resembles that folded New Yorker that has been stuffed in your bag for three weeks - but the resemblance ends there. The layout works with the fold, treating them like separate pages, with the columns and images divided between them. The articles within cover design, architecture and art criticism, along with a heavy dose of psychoanalysis on the human condition. Essays, interviews, commentary and opinion pieces, most longer in length, wrapped in a peculiar but inherently clever package. For fans of New York Review of Books, Jacobin or Macguffin. Take a look! Quarterly, UK, $14.00
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European Review of Culture
This literary publication out of Berlin is elegant, international and mesmerizing. Each issue contains a few pieces of fiction, literary essays, and a long piece of reportage, often of a personal story. You will also find some poetry, mainly in translation, and perhaps a photo montage or essay. The feel of this journal is of classic European literature, with a post-colonial, multicultural mix. And it is gorgeous: ivory paper, lovely font, quality printing and bound like a book, fit for a shelf. If you like Granta or Lapham’s Quarterly, this is for you. Fast becoming a personal favorite, and only found here. Don’t miss this beauty. Bi-Annual, Germany, in English, $20.00
Documenting Cycling Journeys Around the World
Far Ride is a gorgeous, photo-heavy 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. Tri-Annual, South Korea, $23.00
Wild Sounds from Past Dimensions
Ugly Things is one of those obscure niche titles that exist in the world of magazines, and one of the great examples of how there really is a magazine for every taste. A music magazine for those that love the obscure, the lost and the forgotten, Ugly Things packs its 150-ish zine-like pages with the stories behind, and long interviews with, those musicians that have had a brief moment in the spotlight, and then moved on. Published since the early 80’s, it mostly covers the early decades of rock - garage, psychedelic, punk, surf, what-have-you - and mostly hunts down the rare, unknown, local or short-lived bands no one else covers. Pages and pages of album reviews, and ads for what seems like every small record store and music label in the country, complete the package, making this the perfect read for anyone who loves to hunt down forgotten gems. Tri-Annual (3x a year), US, $9.95
This publication is a cool little package who’s target audience, astonishingly, is people who like books, book clubs and interesting people. And yet, also astonishingly, it is an entertaining and very hip publication for a modern reader. Divided into two sections, the front half is a long interview with one interesting person, and the back half is a long review/essay on one classic novel. The whole thing is a great package, in a small pamphlet-like format, with color and annotations and photos, and moves quickly through the content. No long, dusty sentences to bog you down, and at around 65 pages, it won’t feel like a chore to pick up and dive into. Published as a partnership between Penguin Books UK and the magazine Fantastic Man, it is an excellent, crisp addition to anyone’s magazine pile. Try it! Bi-annual, UK, $6.00
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