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The Architectural Review

The Architectural Review: September 2017

The Architectural Review: September 2017

This monthly has been published since 1896, and each swoon-worthy issue shows us why this old master is still a valued resource in these challenging times. Each issue - they refer to them as special editions, which isn’t far off - is a showcase of current thinking and historical perspective on the architectural topic at hand. Covering topics that range from housing and shared space to facades and craft to countries and cultures, the perspectives are international and in depth. Each issue focuses on one topic, with articles on individual buildings both current and historical, essays that are interesting and critical, interviews, and image after image, from photos to illustrations to architectural layouts. I am pleased to have this excellent publication on my shelves. Monthly, Britain, $36.75


Uppercase

Uppercase: Issue 35, Letter Love, Fall 2017

Uppercase: Issue 35, Letter Love, Fall 2017

For The Creative and Curious

Uppercase is for those who like a bit of creativity in their lives.  Each quarterly issue - which has a theme ranging from various fabric arts, to papercrafts, to color and patterns - is a compendium of creative artists and their wares. A riot of color and inspiration, these makers range from professional artists to hobbyists, collectors, curators and creators.  There are interviews, collections of artists and their art, 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


 Boneshaker

Boneshaker, Issue 19

Boneshaker, Issue 19

A Sideways Look at Cycling

This is, as the Boneshaker crew puts it, a reminder that cycling is so much more than a sport. This is a collection of stories about people living what I might call a bicycle-positive life. Stories inside might include pedalling across the remote regions of the world with a child in tow, or perhaps local people using bicycles in some foreign land like Lesotho or Bangladesh. Perhaps there is an essay on the magic of building your own bike, or the existential question of whether or not to use electronic gadgets. Cargo bike-using businesses, the sadness of abandoned cycles on city streets, or an all-women-of-color club in LA. As with so many of the great little indies out there, the team behind this is small: most stories are by riders/readers, they come out infrequently, yet it is a small, glorious package each time. If you like stories, or cycles, this is for you. Infrequent, Britain, $12.00


Songlines

Songlines: Issue 130, August/September 2017

Songlines: Issue 130, August/September 2017

The Best Music from Around the World

Whatever you consider ‘world music’, Songlines covers it. Each issue is packed with interviews, columns and reviews, reviews, reviews. The vast variety of music across our world is revealed here, with the reviews section divided by region - Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe - and adds a fusion section, which mixes traditional styles and sounds into something unique. Whether you are into Malian beats or Irish jigs, Indian sitar or Japanese folk, or you are just looking for something different, this is what you need to find it. Each issue also comes with a CD, which will give you a bunch of new music to listen to, and alone is worth the cover price!, 8x Annually, UK, $17.50


Jacobin

Jacobin: Earth, Wind, Fire: Summer 2017

Jacobin: Earth, Wind, Fire: Summer 2017

Reason in Revolt

This publication is the newest entry in what we generally call the American Left, and which in other places and times might be called socialism/communism/radicalism/progressivism. The folks at Jacobin, which is published out of Brooklyn, dive into their subject with knowledge and historical clarity, but without getting too far into the weeds...well, usually. Past issues have covered unionism, the future of the democratic party, the state of today’s Right at home and globally, technology and politics, and development in the Global South. With modern graphics - in riots of color to go with the riotous words - humor and quite a bit of self-depreciating snarkiness, this is the 21st century version of Leftist political rags. Quarterly, US, $12.95


The Common

The Common, issue 13, Spring 2017

The Common, issue 13, Spring 2017

A Modern Sense of Place

This lovely literary journal has short stories and essays, a bit of art, and a smattering of poetry. The stories, sometimes in translation, take place in the curious, unusual or interesting places of our world, often in the first person, and they exude that sense of place they are delving into. Published out of Amherst College twice a year, in a tactile and compact package, I await each issue eagerly. Bi-Annual, $14.00

lodestars anthology

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This publication is one of a new kind of travel journal that are changing the genre, and what a special one this is! Lodestars publishes an issue every four months - they call it tri-annually - and each issue is a journey to one place. Each chunky issue is a vibrant traveler's journal, with stories that follow their route, the pages filled with watercolors and photography that bring the adventure to vivid life.  

For issue 8, they visit New Zealand, with its stunning, rugged landscapes and generous people. They visit Auckland and Wellington, Kaikoura, where a massive earthquake hit in 2016, and Russell, New Zealand’s first seaport. Trips take us on a road trip via camper van, following in the footsteps of Captain Cook, and to mountains and beaches, fly fishing and coffee. A whole lot of a lovely, tiny, stunning country, a journey of a lifetime. Take a look. Issue 8, Fall 2017, New Zealand, Tri-Annual, UK, $25.99


Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification: Issue 26, covering Jan/Feb/Mar 2017

Delayed Gratification: Issue 26, covering Jan/Feb/Mar 2017

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, Britain, $20.00


Sift

Sift, issue 8, Fall 2017

Sift, issue 8, Fall 2017

Living, Breathing, Baking

A King Arthur Flour Publication

Sift is a food magazine for people who love to bake, cook, and eat. Published by King Arthur Flour, which has been milling since 1790, the focus here is on the quality. Each issue delves into a few ingredients, types of bakes, and places that do it well. The publication is packed with recipes - and you can be assured they are well-tested - along with visits to bakeries, stories about the craft of baking, and visits with professional bakers. With hefty paper, lovely photography and a bunch of recipes - indexed in the back - you will want to work into your repertoire, this one is worthy of your cookbook shelf. Quarterly, $12.95


Far Ride

Far Ride: Volume 6, 2017

Far Ride: Volume 6, 2017

Documenting Cycling Journeys Around the World

Far Ride is a gorgeous publication that takes us on cycling trips far and wide. Published from Seoul, Korea, with hefty, art-quality paper and an elegant layout, this one simply feels different. Trips could be on the back roads of Korea, across the open plains of East Asia, or into the unknown lands of Africa. Photo essays, long personal stories, and interviews with riders and dreamers keep us absorbed and intrigued from front cover to the final page. Small print runs and self-distribution make this one rare, so grab it while you can. Bi-annual, South Korea, $23.00


Flow

Flow: Issue 20

Flow: Issue 20

A Magazine That Takes its Time

Celebrating Creativity, Imperfection and Life’s Little Pleasures

Each issue of Flow is a happy, colorful, creative, wonderful package of fun. Full of things to do and to ponder, it has interviews with makers and artists, ideas for creativity and simplifying your life, and always contains a little booklet or two within its pages, filled with projects to keep you creative and thoughtful. Published in The Netherlands, and a hefty 150+ pages per issue, this is well worth your investigation. If you are a fan of Uppercase or Taproot, you shouldn’t miss this one. Bi-Monthly, The Netherlands (International edition in English), $23.99


New Philosopher

New Philosopher: issue 17, Communication

New Philosopher: issue 17, Communication

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 best 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 include 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

 

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