News & Opinion

Interview with a Stranger

It is not very often someone will ask the question, ‘Tell me about yourself’, without the intimidating scenario of a job interview or meeting your new partner’s parents for the first time. The humble interview asks this repeatedly for your own perusal, until a flock of voices have descended and you can have your pick of who to listen to. It’s a powerful and influential thing, and that’s why it’s a staple to the magazine.

By

Libby Borton

Reviews

The Protagonist

Cast your eye over the fashion section and you may feel it to be overbearing and exclusionary. Have hope. The Protagonist Magazine simultaneously slips under the radar as an unassuming and yet astounding product of fashion and culture. In its third issue it explores the aesthetic of reflections, lending itself an (if possible) romantic Jekyll and Hyde duality.

By

Libby Borton

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Recorder

Recorder is a new, visual and literary celebration of pop deities as experienced in time and place. We’re not talking discographies here, or analytical discourse or career mapping. It’s a light examination of our (faraway) relationship with our icons and how, over decades and around the world, they have influenced and informed our lives. It’s an innovative idea and the launch issue of this intended biannual kicks off with David Bowie.

By

Daniel McCabe

Reviews

Goodbye Lucky Peach, Hello Sabor

I only work occasionally in Magalleria, and even less now the wonderful Libby has joined us. This means I’m not so well versed on all the magazines when I am here, but I continue to bluff my ignorance by declaring that I’m the food, drink and travel person. So it falls to me to mention a couple of recent food magazines.

By

Susan Greenwood

Reviews

5054

I no longer own a car because we live in central Bath where it's possible to walk to most places. I miss driving, but I don’t really know anything about cars and I don’t miss the cost of running one or the hassle of using it in a car-unfriendly city and my fear of breakdowns. So I’m not the sort of person drawn to 5054, a magazine about ‘automotive culture’. But I was wrong.

By

Daniel McCabe

Reviews

Anxy

Anxy aims to de-stigmatise mental health and encourage mental wellbeing by providing an area in which to discuss emotions. It does not aim to solve them, more create a safe space in which to consider them. Above all, it succeeds in taking the fear out of opening-up. When you can’t find the words, Anxy will speak for you. In its first issue it eases the lid off our most flammable emotion: anger.

By

Libby Borton

Who's Buying?

Who's Buying?

We’re always being asked who our customers are. We’re still trying to work that out, but from day one we realised that the people who buy from us are usually well informed, often opinionated and, it goes without saying, very tasteful. So we just have to quiz them. Today we're meeting Lucy...

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Libby Borton

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Riposte

In times of plenty it is very easy to be noncommittal. Articles crammed on webpages, social media rants to trawl through and endless, endless hyperlinks. More and more all I want is information, without bias, being berated or ending up disheartened. Riposte suits just fine.

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Libby Borton

Reviews

Tom Tom

There is a restless creative and musical energy that boils in Brooklyn; it’s called TomTom, and they care about drummers, music and feminism. As they say, more than a magazine, it's a movement.

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Libby Borton

Reviews

YES & NO

YES & NO is a much-anticipated, Pentagram-designed quarterly making a bid for the front rank of intelligent and opinionated cultural magazines. It looks promising on the outside – is it as good as we hope? Yes or No?

By

Daniel McCabe

Interviews

Lionheart

With the seventh issue of Lionheart flying off the shelves at Magalleria these past few weeks we thought we'd ask its founder, Helen Martin, why her magazine is going from strength to strength.

By

Libby Borton

Reviews

Cartography

There’s something about a large format magazine that gives it undeniable weight and presence. Often used for fashion, travel is just as suitable and underused. If most of the content is photography, why not give it the space to shine? Cartography utilises this to its advantage, and has produced something that is simultaneously striking and intimate.

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Libby Borton

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Athleta

‘Athleta: one who is giving his all in an effort to overcome a sporting challenge, but, even more so, in an effort to surpass himself.’ Sport can come across as a hobby, a necessary evil to keep fit and healthy or, as a profession, a pursuit for fame. Athleta, with its minimalist cover of a locker room inhabited by two standing prosthetic legs, conveys it has something different to say. More pointedly, it has a better story to tell.

By

Libby Borton

Interviews

Beneficial Shock!

Beneficial Shock! With a name like that it was always clear that this was a film magazine that wanted to do things a little differently. We put a few questions to the creative pair behind the magazine, Gabriel Solomons and Phil Wrigglesworth, to find out why they took a cattle prod to the genre…

By

Daniel McCabe

Reviews

Sunday Girl

“To all the girls, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

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Libby Borton

Reviews

The Baffler

We opened Magalleria to offer something different. Different magazines of course, but effectively different information, different tastes, different opinions and so on. The Baffler is a left-leaning US journal of cultural and political analysis that ought to be better known here. As we seemingly lurch into an age of fear – or right wing populism as the magazine itself would put it – The Baffler is providing some interesting angles.

By

Daniel McCabe

Reviews

Space Magazine

We sell a lot of Apartamento at Magalleria. It seems we can never order enough so we’re always scouting for similar interior design magazines. We think we’ve found one, but we didn’t think it would come out of Denmark. Meet Space Magazine…

By

Daniel McCabe

Who's Buying?

Who's Buying?

We’re always being asked who our customers are. We’re still trying to work that out, but from day one we realised that the people who buy from us are usually well informed, often opinionated and, it goes without saying, very tasteful. So we just have to quiz them. Today we're meeting Amy...

By

Libby Borton

Reviews

Beauty Papers

Beauty Papers peels back the mask of branded, formulaic fashion to reveal creases of skin underneath, something unabashedly human and, well, beautiful.

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Libby Borton

Reviews

SOME SUCH

It’s unaccountably satisfying to track down magazines from all over the world to bring them to Magalleria and to be able to tell everyone what you’ve found. Yet oddly more exciting is to have a new magazine spring up in your own backyard that seems, well, so exotic. When SOME SUCH magazine appeared this month we just about had to go and lie down in a dark room.

By

Daniel McCabe

News & Opinion

The Scandal of Our Times

We celebrated The Scandal of Our Times at Magalleria this week. It's a photo book, and the scandal refers to the inequalities in healthcare in the UK. We’re much healthier than we used to be, but levels of wellbeing and life expectancy in the population are unacceptably variable. The Scandal of Our Times is published by photographer Will Ruff and it’s named after the subtitle of Professor Danny Dorling’s book Unequal Health.

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Daniel McCabe

Reviews

Lunch Lady

If you're like me and you can flick through Instagram for foodie-themed delights or while away the hours pinching ideas from cookbooks, but find your stomach still empty of an original idea, Lunch Lady has a flavour to savour.

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Libby Borton

News & Opinion

In a Crowded Room: Catching the Eye of a Cover Girl

I would hope most people have had a moment of seeing a stranger and getting a good feeling. It might be their style, their action, the way they speak, or something so intangible it just presents itself as a feeling. There's a shadow of familiarity in them. You might be brave enough to catch their eye; you want to see if they're worth reading ...

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Libby Borton

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The Moth

The Spring instalment of The Moth is here. Not to be confused with the US storytelling platform, this is a mere slip of a magazine costing only £4 but one that’s become invaluable to us because it offers both genuine literary nourishment and the inspiration to publish something yourself.

By

Daniel McCabe

News & Opinion

Shelf Life

There aren’t many magazines out there who get the honour of being shelved. Most mass-produced glossy mags slip from fingertips to recycle bin as soon as the small ads are reached at the back. A magazine doesn’t have to live such a life, and it’s starting to begin to not be designed that way.

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Libby Borton

Reviews

Luncheon

I wasn’t ready for our third Luncheon. I’d barely digested the last, generous issue when the latest beauty turned up on Shrove Tuesday. Luncheon, if you haven’t got around to it, is a cultured conversation about art, photography, literature and other many nice things arranged around culinary props and served in the manner of courses in a formal luncheon.

By

Daniel McCabe

Reviews

Walnut

Art Director Dermot Rushe and his Nutritional Therapist wife Emma have filled a gap in a big market – the market for a beautifully designed and well written health, food, people magazine that reaches out in an honest, simple and understandable way.

By

Silvana de Soissons

News & Opinion

We have issues

Even as relative new entrants to the magazine trade we quickly noticed the amount of wastage built into the operating system. You may or may not know that the majority of unsold magazines are pulped by larger distributors. Coming from the book trade I was aware of the lifespan of an ordinary book in the average bookshop, but the cyclical culling of magazines is something else altogether ...

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Daniel McCabe

News & Opinion

A World of Magazines

Magalleria opened in Broad Street in Bath in 2015 selling so-called ‘trendy magazines’. We prefer to unpack that description a little more accurately as ‘fine, independent and specialist magazines’. These are 99% our sole focus. In a relatively short period of time we’ve sourced and homed a truly vast range of titles from around the world. In doing so we’ve had to manage wave after wave of new entrants and rejuvenated old-timers so we couldn’t, frankly, help it ...

By

Daniel McCabe