Friday, February 5, 2016

Launch party for Freeman's magazine: Thursday February 11 at 5.30 pm

Join us for the Amsterdam launch of Freeman's, a new literary biannual edited by renowned literary critic and former Granta magazine editor, John Freeman. 
Part literary journal, part anthology, Freeman's will showcase new work from emerging voices and the world's best-known writers. The first issue, entitled 'Arrival', brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction and poetry about that electrifying moment when we arrive. The issue features previously unpublished writing by Haruki Murakami, David Mitchell, Louise Erdrich, Dave Eggers, and Lydia Davis, among many others, and introduces new writers, such as Sudanese writer Fatin Abbas.
The event, which is hosted by Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, the Writers Studio Amsterdam and The Initiative for Narrative Journalism, will feature a conversation between Euan Monaghan from Structo Magazine and John Freeman on the theme of arrival: in today's culture of migration, what does it mean to arrive? How do we negotiate different kinds of arrival? What role do writers and story-telling play in helping us make sense of these changes?
There will also be a Q&A session where you can avail yourself of Freeman's impressive literary brain - in addition to his experience as an editor, he has interviewed some of our favourite writers, such as Doris Lessing, Salman Rushdie, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace and many more.
Hope to see you there!
A special thanks to Freeman's publisher Grove Atlantic for helping to make this happen!


Peer is a brand new magazine made in the Red Light District of Amsterdam that focuses on the synthesis of the image and word. Filled with theoretical essays, reflections of artist’s practices, short stories and the documentation on the processes of creating art and writing, Peer is a journal that aims to translate to paper that which moves an artist or a writer to create work. 

With a public location in the Red Light District itself, where Peer hosts artists-in-residences, exhibits, lectures and launches, serves Amsterdam-roasted coffee and homemade cake and sells a select amount of small publications, the content of its magazine consists of work by artists who’ve worked at Peer as well as many others. With Peer’s first publication, paper matters issue 1, they invite you to read all about what’s happened in the past months, and to pop over and join them for a cup of coffee whilst enjoying a gander into the creation of art, literature and prose.

Peer’s open workspace and magazine attempt to show creation from A to Z, as well as the finished products that come from creating. With an insert written by some of their artists-in-residence (a screenplay that might be too hot to handle – it’s very saucy indeed) and another 84 pages of research and experiment printed on recycled paper, Peer issue 1 is a sit-down magazine that lets you into the world of their makers.  

The first issue of Peer is inspired by The Chelsea Hotel in New York and it’s ideology: to live together in close harmony with an aim for creativity at its core. Its design being inspired by a French philosopher and its grandeur having attracted many great names like Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac and Arthur Miller, The Chelsea stands erect as the epitome of a public workspace that bears the hidden secrets of how artists create and writers write. Pedestals and mysteries wiped off, any notion of the white cube gallery forgotten, rebellious Peer aims to undress art’s capital A and to dust off literature’s status.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


South as a State of Mind has taken on a new role, a temporary one, mind you, but one of importance nonetheless. After five issues of being ‘just’ South their sixth issue is their first as the host of Documenta 14. Slightly larger than A4, with over 250 pages, and for a rather surprising ten euros, the latest issue creates a nice BOOM, and not just because of its bright yellow cover.

Filled with various contributions by artists, poets, scholars, architects, and film-makers, South tells the story of the Documenta 14 to come - taking place in Athens in April 2017, and in its birthplace Kassel two months later. With its clean layout and the publication of works by people such as Stefan Zweg, Jonas Mekas and Hannah Arendt, the magazine is a near-perfect mix of scholarly articles, theoretical essays, loaded poetry and opinionated visuals printed on various types of gorgeous paper. Pleasing academics and artists alike.

It’s not a coffee table mag, or an I’m-on-a-commute-and-need-something-to-read kind of publication. Quite the contrary, it’s a food-for-thought proper sit-down kind of magazine, discussing the crisis during the time it’s been made in Athens – economic as well as Syrian, the flaws of urbanism as well as cosmopolitanism, debt and architectural decay. On a happier note, there’s a lad with coins on his face on the cover. With striking fold-out visuals by Miriam Cahn and the most haunting poetry by Brandon Shimoda South has managed to make the wait for 2017 even longer.

Monday, January 18, 2016

MC1R #3

MC1R  #3

The magazine for redheads

As far as we know MC1R is the only magazine devoted to one gene!

A part of the world population is carrying this gene that causes red hair. With 1 in 4 people as carriers, the chance of two people having a child with red hair is about 2% (1 in 64).

In the course of three issues this magazine has grown considerably and the editor in chief Tristan Rodgers residing in Hamburg has enthusiastically made his nonprofit job out of it. With 60 pages more the magazine explores being red in all its splendor. Beautiful gingers from Tel Aviv photographed by Nurit Becherit. The great debate Ginger versus RED. Music of Ginger origin. A diary about loosing your red hair due to Leukemia. And stories on all the beautiful side effects of being red like the white complexion and the lovely freckles!

Thursday, January 7, 2016


There are a lot of magazines that cover a different city or region in each issue. Pet People for example portrays people and their pets from one particular city, Boat Magazine dives into a city with their whole editorial team, We Are Dublin stays at home, Lodestars Anthology picks a whole country while Flaneur investigates one street in one city in particular.

DRIFT goes a step further, and picks one city and exploits its coffee culture. The first two issues were about New York and Tokyo and after great success their new issue is all about Havana. The three best things of the magazine are its beautiful paper, its fantastic photography and its diverse range of stories and different characters. It's not only baristas and coffee shops that pass by in DRIFT: in this issue even Havana's baseball tradition is also covered. All covers of each issue is a black-and-white aerial view of the city in question. Inside, on the other hand, the brilliant and exciting colors of Havana are in-your-face and hard to miss. Time to pack your bags!

Editor-in-chief Adam Goldberg is also the driving force behind the amazing Ambrosia Magazine, where he picks a region and exploits its food culture, by showing all its chefs and their favorite recipes.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Meet the MacGuffins: presentation MacGuffin #2: The Window in Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, Sunday December 13

On Sunday 13 December 15:00 - 17:00 we present the new issue from Dutch independent magazine MacGuffin in the shop with editors Kirsten Algera and Ernst van der Hoeven.
The magazine picks one object for each issue, the first one was about the bed and the new one is about the window.
Robert Altena will interview the makers and contributors.

They say about themselves:

MacGuffin is a new and unusual design & crafts magazine. It features fabulous stories about the life of ordinary, often anonymously designed things. Each biannual edition takes an object and explores the manifold stories it generates. Like the MacGuffins in Hitchcock films, these things are not the main characters, but the plot devices that set the story in motion.

magCulture about MacGuffin:

MacGuffin is a magazine that subverts and challenges the airbnb-ification of everyday life, where furniture is prized for looking stylish but where objects like beds have a lost all sense of character, and any sense of the individual who sleeps and dreams there. The magazine’s team is dedicated wholeheartedly to pursuing their ‘MacGuffin’, and to following it to whatever unusual lengths and bizarre corners it might take them to.

De Volkskrant:

Het is juist die mix van alledaagse voorwerpen die nonchalant worden gepresenteerd in een kosmopolitische setting, die MacGuffin uniek en onweerstaanbaar maakt

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Report: our evening with editor in chief Christoph Amend from ZEIT MAGAZIN

Last Thursday we had a very nice and inspiring evening with ZEIT MAGAZIN's Chefredakteur Christoph Amend. The shop was packed with magazine lovers and magazine makers. Zeit Magazin just released a new issue of their international edition, one of our favorite magazines at Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum.
We talked about the history of Zeit Magazin, publishing weekly versus biannually, inspiring indie magazines, favorite newspaper magazines, the importance of the cover and the fact that Christoph is also writing for the magazine next to being the editor in chief.
Christoph thank you for coming to Amsterdam for this great talk.

photo's by Nikos Doulos

Monday, October 5, 2015

Investigating FLANEUR #6 on Fokionos Negri in Athens

FLANEUR magazine picks one street per issue and collects it's fragments. Last spring we had an event in the store with the magazine's publisher and founder Ricarda Messner, she talked with Toine Donk from Das Magazin about how the magazine started and how they work. The report and recording of the talk is here.
The new issue is about the Fokionos Negri in Athens. We went to Athens to investigate the new issue on the street itself.

Earlier issues were sometimes raw (Berlin, Kantstrasse) or dark (Leipzig, Georg-Schwarz-Strasse). The Athens issue feels more nostalgic and melancholic, looking at the past of the street that was build in the 60's in the Kypseli neighbourhood. It used to be a rich neighborhood, but now a lot of immigrants live there though quite a few older ladies refuse to leave their beloved Kypseli and mingle in with the new inhabitants, still flourishing the street looking tip top as in the old days.
One of the most beautiful stories in the issue is about the entrance halls and the porters that used to work there behind desks. Walking up and down Fokionos you find many beautiful examples with unmanned desks, big plants and 60's architecture. Elina Axioti writes that she tried to reconstruct "a lost memory of their presence" with great photography by Yiannis Hadjiaslanis.

Another article that takes on Fokionos' history are the drawings of artist Antonakis who pays homage to the 1968 movie The Punk of Fokionos Negri and it's leading actor Alkis Yannakas.
There's a photo reportage by Eirini Vourloumis who sketches a dreamy portrait of the street with combined photographs.

There is a chapter called "The People of Fokionos Negri"; seven Fokionos residents are portrayed like restaurant owner Kosmas who looks back on how he started his restaurant Phaedra and how his brothers in other neighborhoods are doing better with their taverns. Then there's Giannis & Stavros and the special wine they serve at their Souvlakopolion Rigani at the beginning of the street, the artist Antonakis who we met earlier in the issue talks about his love for the street and Polly who is 80 years old talks about her time living on Fokionos.

Issue 6 ends with "Traces of Resistance" by editor Fabian Saul who wrote a manifesto about a list of famous people who are connected together and are connected by the street, which makes you look at the street from a different angle.

The magazine shows Fokionos Negri's ghost and soul by looking closely to the fragments the people that live there now provide. A fantastic new issue.