Ugh, I just love fresh magazines. There’s something so pleasurable in familiarising yourself with the contents in each new edition – getting to witness crisp, glossy (or matte) pages turn grubby under your finger tips. The filthier they get, the greater the testimony to good reading.
As you may have seen in one of my previous posts, I recently discovered like a-hundred-and-one new magazines to read and they’re like works of bi-monthly/quarterly art that you can flick through with your hands – the exception being that you won’t want to get these dirty. So, in light of what I’ve discovered, I thought I would shine some light on my new favourite discoveries’ ones I’ve actually read and publications that I would still like to, when I finally work through the sublime pile of zines I’ve already accumulated. You really need these in your life because they will encourage you to think differently about the way you live your life. In fact, they’ll encourage you just to take time out of the ‘9 to 5’ grunge and just be mindful – that thing I’m told we did before mobile phones.
So, here we go:
…Also included are prices, subscription details and extras for further persuasive impact. *Wink*
LookLateral – £12
‘Fresh Art on Paper.’
“LOOKLATERAL is a web platform conceived to increase the visibility of art circuits, a new meeting point between an increasingly diversified demand and a high-quality supply.” – ‘Mission’ looklateral.com
Just give me a reason: it’s visually astounding. Enthusiastic. Beautifully informs artists, both enthusiasts and specialists, whilst trying to involve the curious and make opportunities for all parties to display/promote creative talent.
Cool, but why were you drawn to it? Each edition has a colour theme; there is enough evidence to conclude that it is always a bright colour (see below). The Indian Violet in ‘Magazine No.5’ drew me to it instantly, blurring out every other magazine in the entire shop display. It also has a beautiful soft, matte cover and is a handy A5 size.
You need this because: the photography contained inside it is just lush. I need a dosage of hardcore art to balance out all the fiction/photography magazines on my shelves.
The fine print… Origin: Italy. Quarterly. Subscriptions start from about £20. [N.B. Change this page to English in the top right hand corner.]
Popshot Magazine – £6
‘The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing.’
“With black pages, a sans serif typeface, and filled with vibrant illustration work, the magazine didn’t look like a poetry magazine and we were thrilled with it.” – ‘About’ popshoppopshop.com
Convince me. Go! I have this magazine. I am literally flicking through the pages of Popshot with one hand, sweat gracing my keyboard as I attempt to type badly with the other. I can actually vouch, because I am actually holding it, that this is one of the single most beautiful and compact literary journals I have ever read. My copy [edition 14: ‘The Curious Issue’] is 64 jam-packed pages of wonder, short stories, flash fiction, poetry and divine (I cannot emphasise this too much) illustrations.
I don’t believe you. Popshot is favoured by The Observer’s coveted ‘Cool List’ and The Independent hailed it as ‘the fresh breed of literary magazines’ shortly afterwards. Prospect named Popshot ‘the new face of British poetry’ after it became the first British poetry magazine to achieve major international distribution in 18 countries.
Why will you remain loyal? Each edition has a theme which all content must adhere to. There are little to no advertisements in the entire thing and every issue oozes the characteristics of an established anthology – and anthology of the world’s undiscovered writers.
The fine print… Origin: the UK! Bi-annual. Subscriptions start from £10 [worldwide shipping]
Images: my own
Flow – £9.50
‘A Magazine for Paper Lovers.’
“We dreamed of a magazine with which we could explore our love of paper.
FLOW is all about positive psychology, mindfulness, creativity and the beauty of imperfection.” – ‘About’ flowmagazine.com
20 seconds – shoot! Big. Full of colour, inspiration, mindfulness, shopping, stationery, creativity and, well, paper! The magazine itself is printed on a variety of papers – testimony to their tagline. It’s aesthetically pleasing and a best seller all around the world. Typewriters make frequent appearances.
Why’s it for ‘paper lovers’? Well, this magazine is for stationery lovers. Each edition comes fitted with a small packet of paper for readers to use, and tutorials on how to use them – you know, just to start the creative juices flowing. Flow is now a recognised stationery brand as well, producing their own themed journals for sale which are aimed at balancing the mind and organising the lives of readers: ‘How to Slow Down Journal’, ‘Homemade Happiness Journal’ & ‘The Joy of Making Lists Journal’ among the newest releases. You can buy a multipack of all four journals for £7 and you can guarantee that they will be stocked to the brim with delightfully patterned paper of varying textures and colours. Swooooooon! Not only this, on their website they also sell beautiful Weekly Diaries for as little as 80p. Their success has lead them to design and produce their own calendars and diaries as well as stationery.
The fine print… Origin: The Netherlands. Quarterly. Subscriptions are around £40 [shipped worldwide].
So, there you have it. This blog post took surprisingly a lot longer than I thought it would. I hope this inspires you to venture out into the world of quality magazine journalism. I hope one day that (if you don’t already) you will have grown to appreciate magazine journalism as an art form.
Thanks for reading, lovelies.