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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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.