Kiran Desai: I grew up in India, so you have to learn a whole new way of doing clothes when you move to the west. Fashions don't carry over, so if you fly between places you will inevitably look wrong in the country you're going to. Definitely going to India you look bad if you go in your western clothes. Everyone comments on how awful you look right away. The sky is different, the street is different, the dust is different – only Indian clothes work.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
SUBWAY is a new small magazine that just published it's second issue. An eclectic mix of short articles with a distinctive design, edited by Erik van der Weijde. We asked him a few questions about his new magazine project.
You publish a lot of your work in zines and you’ve published a few yourself, why do you chose this medium?
I collected zines when I studied photography at the Rietveld Academy, but couldn't find any interesting photo-based zines. So I sort of decided to start making zines that I would like to buy or collect. My photographic work was already focused on series, so the format of publications allowed me to keep these series together.
Why did you start Subway? What’s the thought behind it?
Many magazines disappear nowadays, so I thought it would be the right moment to start one. Like buying stocks when the market's low... I see so many stuff on the social networks and meet many people through Facebook and wanted to compress this never-ending flow of information and meetings back onto paper. I want to connect people through that paper, like a Subway train that connects different stations and neighborhoods without you as a passenger or reader noticing it.
What are your favorite magazines? Which ones inspired you?
Well, living in Brazil means I don't have much access to magazines these days -one of the reasons I spend much time on social networks- but I do prefer artist magazines like Toilet Paper and I recently got kind of into Camera Austria, which offers such in-depth info on quality art photography without following any trends or trying to be hip -very unique nowadays!
In which sequence is Subway going to be published and how many issues do you plan to make?
Because I do everything myself I decided on making 3 issues a year, in January, May and September. I'll probably make 15 or 18 issues in the coming 5 to 6 years.
What’s the best thing about publishing your magazine in print?
Because magazines represent a specific moment in time -usually until the next issue's out- I really like to re-read magazines when they've lost their momentum. I also can give the many images I buy on eBay and flea markets a specific place in this magazine format. So having my magazine in print is for me almost like a diary, or time capsule, filled with images and ideas I collect.
Monday, October 20, 2014
DELAYED GRATIFICATION is a pioneer in the slow journalism movement; their issues cover the last three months instead of rushing to publish the latest news. This 15th issue has artwork by Ai Weiwei on the cover.
Inside this issue: Boko Haram, the Mars One project and it's facts plus a 6 page investigation of the making of ISIS and Islamic State with three experts answering questions, ISIS' target cities and what can be learned from history.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
NEW COVERS: Toiletpaper, The Paris Review, What I Love about Movies, SPACES reading table curated by Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Here you will find an outstanding selection from a variey of disciplines within drawing, with a wide range of processes, materials and ideas; mark making involving not only pencil but also threads, light and paper; and themes from metaphysical geometry to political comic. You will also find quite a few interviews, about the process of drawing, the ideas, life and work of individual artists. In the 13th issue we continue to pursue drawing, our passion, and to show what we find is the most interesting of drawing today. Immers yourself in the world of drawing, and enjoy the best issue ever.'
Browse throught Fukt #13 from Athenaeum Boekhandel on Vimeo.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
One of our favourites here is the new book Women in Clothes by Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton and Sheila Heti. A book full of interviews, conversations, examples and items regarding compiled as "an exploration of the questions we ask ourselves while getting dressed every day, with answers from more than 600 women."
In Saturday's Guardian an extract was published which we quote here.
Kiran Desai: 'You look bad if you go to India in western clothes'
The Booker-prize winner talks to Heidi Julavits about saris, giving away jewellery and what's wrong with New York
Sunday, September 28, 2014
"The Possibility of Warming Our Hearts"
The cover starts with ice cream, later on we find Egyptian belly dancers, hugging people, 25 new ways to stay happy while keeping away cynicism, Shakespeare in Zaatari and much more light and happy content!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
We put the new issues of THE GENTLEWOMAN and FANTASTIC MAN next to each other and made this video.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
MODERN FARMER always has a cute animal on the cover. It focusses on farming, food, sustainability. During World Food Day on October 16th, founder and editor Ann Marie Gardner will be in town and speak at the Eat This event. We had some questions for her.
Why did you start the magazine and where are you based? Are you a farmer yourself?
At the time I had the idea for Modern Farmer, I was based near Hudson (I live in Germantown, a smaller town right outside of Hudson, on the Hudson River) - but I was travelling a lot to London and all over the world reporting for Monocle(I was a founding editor there). I'm not a farmer but I'm probably what you'd call a 'Modern Farmer' I care about where my food comes from and want to be a thoughtful consumer, sustainable, energy saving and have a minimum footprint and I really love animals so issues like food waste really get up my nose! I don't see the point of an animal being killed or giving it's life just so we can throw that food away.
The animals on the covers of Modern Farmer almost look human, they are true cover models. How did you come up with this idea?
They really are cover models aren't they? I love the way they really look at you and have attitude! I always wanted to celebrate the animal - and make them the stars of Modern Farmer! Everyone in the industry of course said no, you will never sell a magazine without a person on the cover. I'm happy to say we've proven them wrong!!
Which magazines do you read lately and which ones inspired you?
I love I-D, Dezeen, The Gentlewoman, Appartamento and Fool(from Sweden) and Fantastic Man and I love World of Interiors. I just started reading Porter, a great new fashion mag. And I never miss the New Yorker (although I admit, I'm a few issues behind!). Of course I have been and continue to be inspired by Tyler Brule and Monocle. I'm really looking forward to coming to Holland so I can discover new Dutch design magazines. Do you recommend any?
Frame and Mark are good ones, as well as the independent Works That Work from The Hague.
Do you consider Modern Farmer an independent magazine?
Yes, definitely it's an independent magazine because we are not part of a large publisher. We are doing it all on our own.
What’s the best thing about editing a magazine?
The constant flow of ideas keeps your head sharp and focused. Also, working with a team and creating stories that you can then represent visually. I can't think of a job that could be more fun than this. The creative process, and then what's great about having an online and social media component is you hear from people in real time. You get feedback and have conversations. That's pretty great.