So many magazines! Never enough time! Here’s this month’s trawl through ten magazines we wanted to note but couldn’t quite fit into our daily posts. From satire to concrete bunkers via conversations and sexual awakening. Enjoy!
As a magazine about art and football, Oof flirts dangerously with being interesting even if you’re not all that into football. It exalts in the energy and cultural symbiosis of ‘the beautiful game’ with the visual arts, rather than on its own merit. Case in point: David Beckham’s coiffed visage in Sam Taylor-Johnson’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ graces the front cover of issue three.
Little White Lies #79
What is there left to say about movie mag LWL? An early instigator of the indie boom, each issue leads with a single film, in this case Claire Denis’s ‘High Life’, combining review, interviews and cultural context in a beautifully illustrated package. We liked this issue’s cover art by Essy May.
Mixing football, fashion and music isn’t an original direction but this hefty glossy new launch opens up a new generation of young footballers and DJs who, thanks to social media, have taken control over their own public communications. Their polite confidence shines from the pages.
Set out as a menu of different courses, Luncheon improves issue by issue as it crosses cultural boundaries to present a beautiful, timeless mix of art, fashion, design and food. If you enjoyed Acne Paper you’ll recognise the hand of Thomas Persson at the creative helm.
Hot Sauce #01
This sex-positive new magazine is definitely NSFW, but is a glorious deep-dive into ‘the talk’ – that moment at which sexual awakening is verbalised. It focuses on self-acceptance and individual expression in a non-judgmental way.
Bloom brings new meaning to the phrase ‘gardener’s world’; covering seasonality, fashion, how-to, accessories, memories, people, recipes and literature. A total all-rounder, then, with lovely illustrations and photography to boot.
The Fence #0
There’s a buzz about this new title, launched by a group of writers and editors under pseudonyms. It hopes to satirise today’s London in a way that Private Eye did in the sixties; this pilot issue offers advice on talking to people if you have a boring job; proposes the nationalisation of rock festivals and offers a critique of Sadiq Khan’s ideas to renovate London nightlife. We’re very intrigued to see how this mag will develop.
Founded by Beccy Hill in 2012, Sister reaches its landmark 10th issue, which is themed ‘Survivor’. Touching upon trafficking, sexual health, Yarl’s Wood and the Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the issue is jam-packed with powerful, arresting and uplifting stories and some formidable portraits.
The Art of Conversation #2
There’s been a renewed interest in the broadsheet newspaper format recently. This example packs seven two-way conversations between creative leaders into each issue, recorded verbatim. The results are mixed, but interesting for both the content and the style of the conversations.
Atlantic Wall #01
Started as a photography project by Nick Monro, Atlantic Wall traces the concrete bunkers that the Nazis built along the western front during WW2 as they are now; crumbling, otherworldly and ultimately ineffectual. The risograph-printed publication’s first issue looks at Nord-Pas-De-Calais, the most densely populated with bunkers due to its proximity to Britain.