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For The Creative and Curious
Uppercase is for those who like a bit of creativity in their lives. Each quarterly themed issue is a compendium of artists and their crafts, inspirations and desires. Everything from various fabric arts, to papercrafts, to ceramics and printmaking can appear within these color-filled pages. Whether it is in yarn, paper, clay, paint or ink, each artist gets a moment in the spotlight. There are interviews, 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
Issue 43: Hand Letter, Fall 2019
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 up-and-coming, 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
Issue 13: Summer 2019
Hot Hot Hot! Samin Nosrat of Salt Fat Acid Heat
The Real Reader’s Quarterly
Slightly Foxed, the title referencing the brownish tinge old books sometimes get (called foxing), is a British publication about old - or should I say mature - and often out of print books, but also the stories and authors behind them. Does that sound a bit quirky? Oh, it definitely is, in a very British way, but it is also heavenly if you love books, especially old ones.
Indeed, this is a lovely little publication! It has ivory acid-free paper, intricate pencil illustrations, and is laid out like a book (of course) with a table of contents, chapters and bibliography. Just like that treasure you found hiding in the stacks of a used bookstore, Slightly Foxed is quite a rare find in the US, so get it while you can! Take it home, pour yourself a cuppa, find a comfy chair, and enjoy. Quarterly, UK, $16.50
Issue 63: Autumn 2019
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
Issue 51: Summer 2019
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 hottest 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 have included 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
Fall 2019: Death
On the newsstand
A Magazine Founded on the Suspicion that Modern Life is Worth Examining
The Point is a journal for those who enjoy a good think. Our modern world can be frustrating, shallow, and downright mind numbing at times, so picking up a good journal to get the brain working again might be just what is needed. Each issue contains several intellectual essays that consider current issues plaguing our society, a discussion - called a symposium - between contributors on a particular topic, and a section of reviews, on whatever. Published out of Chicago three times a year, and not pointedly political (nor do they avoid politics), this is for those who are looking for an intelligent, examined life. Tri-Quarterly, US, $14.99
Issue 20: Fall 2019
Insights from Asia
Kyoto Journal has been published for more than 30 years, as a labor of love, celebrating a city and culture that can captivate your soul. After some years as digital-only, it has been redesigned as a modern print publication. And I have to say, this must be experienced in print! The journal has Kyoto at the center of a story that illuminates the ancient-but-modern culture of Japan and its region. Whether it is on traditional craftsmen maintaining a centuries old tradition, a travel diary from the Meiji era, the history and intricacies of Japanese confectionary, or an essay on life in modern Kyoto, each piece is elegant, timeless and meticulously crafted, each issue a complete package. This is something to keep and treasure, certainly something you will go back to time and again. A special treat! Quarterly, Japan, in English, $16.50
Issue 95: Wellbeing
Published Autumn 2019
Reason in Revolt
This publication is the rising star of the American Left, which falls into the spectrum of socialism/communism/radicalism/progressivism. The folks at Jacobin, published out of Brooklyn, dive into their subject with research, opinion and historical criticism, but without getting too far into the weeds...well, mostly. Every themed issue delves into the history and present of a particular slice of the Leftie pie, whether that is unionism, the future of the democratic party, or the state of modern war. With modern graphics - in riots of color to go with the riotous words - humor and quite a bit of snarkiness, this is the 21st century version of Leftie political rags. Quarterly, US, $12.95
Issue 34: War is a Racket
Expand your Mind, Refine your Wardrobe
Are YOU Chap? This publication is so cool! A small indie out of the UK, it celebrates those who appreciate the timeless, classic qualities of a fine linen three-piece suit, moustache wax, and tweed. If you tend toward trousers and fedoras, always hold the door for a lady, and wouldn’t consider wearing plimsolls except on the tennis court or cricket field, you are, most definitely, Chap. Each issue is filled with gents (and ladies) who are chap: interviews with well-known chaps, a section on the sartorial (what to wear, and how to wear it), and essays on the people and places that comprise the history of classic British panache. This publication is thoroughly entertaining. A rare find on this side of the Pond, yet fits quite nicely into our quirky Portland style. Don’t miss it! Quarterly, UK, $12.00
Issue 101: Fall 2019
European Review of Culture
This literary publication out of Berlin is elegant, international and mesmerizing. Each lengthly 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
Issue 10: Summer 2019