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An Everyday Life Interiors Magazine
This publication is peculiar, because it is two distinct things. If you just flip through it, you see a chaotic riot of color and words. The tagline doesn’t really help, either: ‘An everyday life interiors magazine’. What does that mean? But upon reading it, all becomes understandable. What you find is a chunky, book-like magazine that interviews artists, designers, musicians, writers - creatives - in their place of residence. They talk about their lives, loves, art and work. It is engrossing, full of color and colorful stories, and, indeed, true to its tagline. Bi-Annual, Spain, $24.00
Issue 23: Spring/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
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, $12.50
Issue 100: Summer 2019
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, $26.00
Issue 11: Portugal
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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 development in the Global South. 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 33: Home Improvement
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
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 19: Summer 2019
A Modern Sense of Place
Each theme-driven issue of The Common explores the culture of place in our modern times. Each compact, lovely issue is filled with stories and essays, a bit of art, and a smattering of poetry. Often in translation, they take place in the curious, unusual or interesting places of our world, revealing the nuances found there, and what makes our world the diverse, complex and exhilarating riot of cultures it is. Published out of Amherst College twice a year, in a tactile and alluring package, I await the next issue eagerly. Bi-Annual, US, $14.00
Issue 17: Arabic Stories from Syria