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April 2019

April 2019

Our monthly round up of magazines received again shows the range of what’s being published today. From a 40th anniversary issue to brand new launches, we have publications about typography, cooking with fire, drawing, hand dryers and Singapore love.

Delayed Gratification #33
It’s interesting to be looking back at the last three months of 2018 with this issue, when it feels like we’re so distant from it already. With only a slight nod toward the end of year ‘round-up’, they keep the focus on the stories that mattered – some of which are still dragging out – and remain at the top of the slow journalism game.

The Skirt Chronicles #4
This Parisian magazine contains a timeless mix of stories linked for this issue by the theme ‘Islands’. Read about a trip to Nantucket, a reflection on Sicilian deserts and the role of jute sacks in the colonial era, and enjoy photography from Hamburgsund and a philosophical treaty about the end of the world. But the issue is a far happier experience than this list suggests!

Granta #147
The 40th Birthday Special is a bumper issue featuring a selection of the best writing originally published between 1979-2013. Attention has been paid to diversity, cultural relevance and timeliness – with the editorial noting that even as recently as 1994, there were issues without a single female writer. This feels like a very readable, timeless selection.

Pit #5

As the weather begins to warm it’s time to start thinking about food and fire, and Pit delivers a perfectly composed guide to everything from history and profiles to recipes and technique. As you’d expect from Esterson Associates designer Holly Catford, the art direction is impeccable.

Circular #20

The annual member’s publication of the Typographic Circle always delivers a visual punch, coming from the Pentagram London partner Domenic Lippa, covering the Circle’s last year of events, and being printed on beautiful GFSmith stock by Leycol. In this issue: work by Vaughan Oliver, Jim Sutherland, Valerie Geiger and a look back at the year 1968 by John Bateson.

No Man’s Land #3
The Wing’s bi-annual publishing endeavour creates a balance between activism and lifestyle with this tongue-in-cheek approach to the women’s mag format of fitness, food, and fashion. The third issue features author Fran Lebowitz, art by Jenny Holzer, interviews with the likes of Jameela Jamil and Kamala Harris, and plenty of focus on Butch Camp aesthetics to boot.

South London Review of Hand Dryers

As featured on episode nine of our podcast, this slight magazine is a parody that is so perfectly tuned you’ll find yourself wondering whether or not they may just be serious about hand drying machines. As well as individual reviews (model type and location) there’s wind-based fiction and a profile of James Dyson.

The Drawer #16
This hardback magazine of drawing is themed green – or Vert, in its native French, which somehow seems so much more exotic on a front cover. The colour is surprisingly charged – with artists responding to its relationship to politics and the artificial as well as nature. With minimal writing within, the drawings speak for themselves.

Beauty Papers #7
A new editor (Karl Plewka), a smaller, format and a high gloss cover mark the latest BP. The editorial range has been broadened too, the theme ‘Glamour’ offering a look back at the career of eighties user-stylist Michael Roberts and a profile of society artist Duggie Fields, while Dior make-up creative director Peter Philips keeps things contemporary. A smart development for the magazine.

Meantime #1
Bringing a personal narrative to history, Meantime is a collection of love stories from Singapore evoking emotion and human experience through keepsakes, photo albums, and oral history. Plus check out that cover! The ripped pages are layered up and held together with a translucent, embossed band – and the design throughout is just as tactile and hand-finished, even featuring a fold-out paper boat.

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