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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!

Freedom of the Press

RantsKarin Dibling

Hello Readers!

As we enter into February, I am grateful that the days are, ever so slightly, becoming longer. Our winter this year has been brutal - both the weather and the politics - and I am ready for Spring, or at least some normalcy to return in both.

As I write this, Portland is experiencing a brief interlude of almost spring-like weather, and folks, as we do, have come outside to get in some fresh air and socializing. As I talk to people, I find them starting to adjust to our new normal, and I wonder, is this good? Like images of war or the homeless in doorways, we become immune to the small and large horrors that bombard us every day, so I shouldn't be surprised that we have also begun to dampen our reactions when we see our politicians - and, sad to say sometimes neighbors - saying and doing hateful things on a daily basis. I hope the protesters continue to march, the organizers keep up the emails, and communities find ways to stand by their people and principles, whether that means declaring themselves sanctuary cities (or, as in Oregon, sanctuary states), or finding ways to keep deeply needed social programs going regardless of national politics. These things are what make us free.

One of the great freedoms we still have - much to a certain administration's chagrin - is freedom of the press. My shelves are full of great publications that can only exist while this freedom is maintained. I have had many people ask recently if I can offer some suggestions on how they should be supporting our press in these difficult times. My most ardent recommendation is to pay for your news, directly from those who are publishing it. Investigative journalism costs a great deal of money, and newspapers in our country are in decline. We must support the watchers, if we want to know what is really going on.  Clicking on links from Google or Apple news, or surfing on HuffPo, and especially reading stuff on Twitter is not supporting journalism. Paying for a subscription (print or digital!) to the New York Times, or Washington Post, or LA Times, is. There are independent organizations out there doing excellent work, such as ProPublica and PBS NewsHour. And there are magazines, such as The Atlantic, Harper's and The New Yorker, that support great investigative journalism. I always have a selection of good ones to choose from, and I am bringing in a few more (and I am always open to suggestions!); The City Reader is and will remain a place to find excellent journalism. But whether you get it from me or not, please support the freedom of the press with your wallet if possible, and definitely with your vote. In our democratic and capitalist society, that is how we can make a difference. 

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