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A selection of titles currently available on the shelves. Come see what's new!
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.
Documenting Cycling Journeys Around the World
This stunning quarterly published out of Korea documents, in words and photo essays, cycling trips and cyclist's stories from across the world. The stories cover the spectrum from bromping (that would be camping on Bromptons!) in Korea, to cycling the French Riviera, a visit to Old Montreal, and an editorial on whether 'women's cycling' exists. Indeed, something for every cycling taste. While the writing is certainly sturdy, if not lyrical (and generally translated into English), the stories are thoroughly enchanting, and the photography fascinating. At over 200 pages, with art book quality paper and printing, this is a prime example of the excellence found in in modern independent publishing. Highly recommended. Quarterly, $18.00
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
A Journal for People who Like to Think and Drink
Published by the folks behind Dogfish Head beer, this great quarterly is packed with interesting things to read, ideally while drinking a pint of your favorite craft brew. Interviews, bits of history, and features on all sorts of things that make you think. Quarterly, $14.95
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.
Every issue is highly anticipated and fun to read. A fabulous example of the creativity to be found in today's modern independent magazines. Give it a whirl! Bi-Monthly, Britain, $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, $20.00
Esquire Big Black Book UK Edition
The Style Manual for Successful 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. While there are a smattering of fashion spreads, mostly this 'style manual' is in the form of interviews with the aforementioned people on how they live their lives, interspersed with essays on iconic brands such as British Airways and Patek Philippe. The distinctive writing style evokes cool sophistication, giving a 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.
Hole & Corner
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
Fuel for the Ride
Inspirational and beautiful, Peloton is international bicycle racing for lovers of the sport. Covering the racers, builders, historical figures and innovators in the field, with stunning photography throughout. Monthly, US, $9.99
An Intimate Look at the Lifestyle of Today's Tribes
MilK Decoration is a French language interiors and lifestyle magazine with modern style. Quarterly, French, with some English texts. $15.99
At Home in the Modern World
Dwell is packed with structures from around the world that fit into the modern aesthetic. From crisply designed new builds to old structures transformed into open, airy modern homes, compact city townhouses to sprawling midcentury ranches, you will find something cool in every issue. Monthly, $7.99
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: Specific Matters, Great Lives and Fashionable Doings. Within this framework you get interviews with interesting and important women, useful tidbits from packing a suitcase to threading eyebrows, and fashion spreads featuring sophisticated and wearable modern classics. With a clean, readable design and enough pages to keep you occupied until the next issue, it is a beauty. Bi-Annual, Britain, $15.99
Fruit, Flower, Farm, Leaf
This quarterly publication highlights the creators and innovators, from farmers to chefs, of the booming farm-to-table movement. Colorful and packed with content, they cover the gamut, including smart and accessible sections on wine and cannabis. Quarterly, US, $10.00