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A Few Things to Read: April 15, 2017

Karin Dibling

Hello Readers!

The stand is full of hidden gems; here are a few of the standouts!

Orion: Nature Culture Place

This journal shows up infrequently, but is always worth the wait. It is full of essays, musings really, on the intersection of humanity and environment. It is nature writing, in the way that The Sun is literary memoir - moving, touching, thought-provoking, and always illustrated with lovely photography. Their editorial team, both contributors and advisors, is a stacked deck, a who's who of the best in environmental writing today. January/February 2017, $7.00

Doctor Who Magazine

This issue is a remembrance of John Hurt, who played the War Doctor. (You remember him from some other movie? Hmm.) He passed away in November, and is much missed. Contributors include David Tennant, Steven Moffat, Louise Jameson and the Big Finish crew. April 2017, $9.99


Flow: Celebrating Creativity, Imperfection and Life's Little Pleasures

This issue has a feature on Portland! Sections are Feel Connected, Live Mindfully, Spoil Yourself and Simplify Your Life. The inserts this issue are Herbarium booklet, and The Manual of Me. Always lovely, always creative. Get hooked on Flow! Issue 17, $22.99



Sift: A King Arthur Flour Publication

This is a quarterly publication full of fabulous things you can make with flour. They talk to bakers, visit bakeries, have features on things like ice cream sandwiches and berries, and pack the pages with excellent recipes and photos. Are you a fan, as I am, of the Great British Baking Show? This is the magazine for you. Yum! Spring 2017, $12.95


Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan

Monkey Business was/is a Japanese language literary journal, published by Motoyuki Shibata, a respected translator. What I have is published by A Public Space, which is an American literary journal. Monkey Business is an annual journal of contemporary stories translated from the Japanese, and edited by Shibata and Ted Goossen. Confusing? Sure. But if you are looking for something good to read - different, clever, funny, odd - then forget about all that confusing publication talk and just grab a copy of this. Read. Volume 7, 2017, $15.00

A Few Things to Read: Feb. 18, 2017

read thisKarin Dibling

Hello Readers,

Good journalism takes the reader on a well-researched journey that can be in turns thought provoking, frustrating, entertaining and informative. Here are a few things on the shelves right now that are capturing my eye:

The New Yorker: This week's issue has a long, fabulously engrossing piece on Anthony Bourdain, and a shorter essay checking in on the newly opened Second Avenue Subway, in the making for either nearly 100 years or ten, depending on when you start counting. Feb. 13 & 20, 2017, $8.99

Wired: The new issue arrived yesterday, with a very timely cover: The News in Crisis. The feature includes articles on how the New York Times is moving into the future, a profile of Blavity, a media company run by, and aimed at, black millennials, and a look inside the fake news coming from Veles, a town in Macedonia. March, $6.99

The Nation: If you are up for a little purely Leftist politics, they have several articles on the Trump family: one on Ivanka and her relationship with her father and his work, and another comparing Jared Kushner's family immigration story to others, including the author's own, and how today's immigrants are facing a situation so very similar to the Jews trying to flee the Holocaust. Feb. 20, 2017, $4.99

Monocle: I have received issue 100! Appropriately, they take a look not only where they have been, but where they are headed (next issue expect to see some changes!). Editor in Chief Tyler Brule has reflections in both the front and back of the issue, and alongside the usual contents, this being the first issue in 2017, they do a bit of forward-looking as well. Of interest this issue, a furniture workshop in a city devastated in the Japanese earthquake of 2011, and where the spies go for their information. February 2017, $12.00

Finally, Rolling Stone: They talk to John Oliver this week. Oh, boy, that ought to be good! Feb. 23 / Mar. 9 2017, $6.99 

That's it for now. Keep reading!