Tuesday, April 14, 2015

PORT #16: Josh Brolin

It's good to see PORT back on our shelves, we missed it for a while. It's also good to see Mr. Josh Brolin on the cover: I don't necessarily like acting, but I like the learning and I like socially what it is, and psychologically what it is. I don't know if I'm any better at the acting than I was before. I just got really lucky man.

"Port has grown up. Or, at least stands a little taller" editor Dan Crowe writes in the editor's letter. The magazine is now biannual instead of quarterly. Twice a year is also fine, keep them coming.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Launch EXTRA EXTRA #4 April 23, 18:30 with editor-in-chief Samira Ben Laloua

On April 23 we will have the launch of EXTRA EXTRA #4 in our store at 18:30 with editor-in-chief Samira Ben Laloua, who will be interviewd by Toine Donk, editor-in-chief of DAS MAGAZIN.
Two editors of succesful Dutch independent magazines will talk about the literary aspect of the new issue, what Extra Extra is about and how it is to publish an independent mag in 2015.

The biannual Extra Extra, Nouveau Magazine Erotique, is based in Rotterdam and published it's first issue in 2013 at the start of the new wave of independent erotic magazines. The magazine focussed on stories and photography from the beginning and found it's readers quickly.
In the new issue there are translated stories from Dutch writers Anne Vegter and Oscar van den Boogaard, an interview with Mary Reid Kelley and photo series of New York by Collin LaFleche and Barcelona by Lluis Artus.

Please join us for an inspiring evening of magazine talk.

Extra Extra:
Extra Extra is a magazine for erotic encounters, drawn against a vibrant urban décor. Extra Extra creates a platform where city stories bridge differences and inspire dialogue and aesthetic enjoyment. Extra Extra wants to revitalize a sense of eroticism that appeals to an audience who embraces sexuality in a distinguished way and honors the vital way intimacy guides our daily life. Extra Extra promotes a conscious way of conducting your life, in an open, curious, self-assured manner.
Extra Extra interviews creative city dwellers who dare to share the sensual fantasies that can be encountered in their work. The magazine dedicates space to short fictions by established and emerging writers from over the globe. A broad selection of artist contributions further explores dimensions of eroticism. 

Watch out for Subbacultcha's newsletter this week for a giveaway of the magazine.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

interview with Euan Monaghan from STRUCTO

Euan Monaghan is the editor-in-chief of literary magazine STRUCTO and a magazine enthousiast. He currently lives in Amsterdam, we see him at magazine events and in the store browsing mags. He always personally delivers the new issue of Structo. We had a few questions for Euan.

buy Structo here 

Why did you start the magazine and why do you print it?

I worked as designer, and sometime writer, on a film magazine during my degree. After graduation I found that I really missed it — both the process of designing the magazine, and the atmosphere of collaboration that comes with producing the thing — and so I decided to start my own. A literary magazine was the perfect way to link together my love of books and graphic design. It was always going to be in print. We embrace digital formats, but ink on paper is simply the best way to read magazines. Nothing comes close.

You are currently based in Amsterdam, what do you think of the literary scene in the city?

I used to live near London, and was quite worried about leaving behind such a vibrant literary scene. Thankfully it didn't take too long to discover some amazing things going on here. The Amsterdam-based literary journal Versal has an excellent listing on its site, which should be everyone's first port of call if they're looking to engage with literary goings on. It was my way in.

Which magazines inspired you and which ones are your favourites?

Oh man. The sadly defunct literary magazine Pen Pusher was a big inspiration for Structo. They had a perfect balance of playfulness, quality writing and striking design. Popshot is one of my favourites of the younger literary magazines — they started around the same time as us, and have been carving their own path with great success. Aside from the literary, there are always piles of Little White Lies and Huck strewn around my bookshelves, and The Church of London design team continue to be a big influence. Then there's Boat, Oh Comely, Wired, Intelligent Life, The Believer... 

What is the best new magazine you picked up recently?

Can I cheat and mention two? On the literary front, The Happy Reader is ace. It's a collaboration between the publishing house Penguin and the guys at Fantastic Man. If you love books, this one's for you. Otherwise, the best recent title has to be Another Escape. It's a celebration of the outdoors and of creativity, and it's frickin' beautiful. What's not to love?

What are your future plans for Structo?

We're in a great position: the magazine itself is very strong in terms of content, and the team are working together really well, so I am able to shift my focus a bit towards the distribution and publicity side of things. It's something which doesn't come naturally, but is so vital. We are in the beginning stages of setting up our own small press, and have a bunch of other projects in the works. It's an exciting time!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

STIK #26: a beautiful handmade zine

STIK #26 arrived this week at the Newscentre: an oblong-shaped, handmade zine from Zwolle, limited to 170 numbered copies. Editors Almas Pieters and Sigrid Spier call the magazine a flat gallery: it provides a platform for artists to show their work and have interactions with other artists.
The four artists in issue 26 are spread across the magazine so the work is next to each other and comes back again. Erik de Bree's wallpaper paintings collide with Marike Pool's collages of found photographs. Poet Bouwe Brouwer submits a haiku that seems to piece the different visuals together: abandoned beach house / slowly the dunes / move in.

Monday, March 30, 2015

TAPAS: a new Spanish food magazine

We're always on the hunt for the best food magazines and just got this new one in from Spain: TAPAS. With an iconic Picasso picture on the cover and a nice font for the title, we were immediately drawn in.
Inside you find recipes, an artist who makes tempura with iPhones and iPads, the new food market in Rotterdam, traditional pig slaughter in Basque Country, salmon fishing on Lummi island and donkey milk.
The nice thing about Tapas is that it is allround, it has the food art part, restaurant tips, it shows traditional food culture and craft and zooms in on ingredients. Que aproveche!

Friday, March 27, 2015

SUSTAINABLE FASHION: new approaches - event at Spui 25 April 2

On April 2nd we have an event at Spui 25 about the book Sustainable Fashion: New Approaches in cooperation with Idea Books. The program starts at 20:00, entry is free, please reserve a ticket. 

News about the rapidity, ruthlessness and maleficence of the fashion industry has been widespread. How can we make the fashion industry more sustainable? Finnish researcher Kirsi Niinimäki edited ‘Sustainable fashion, new approaches’, in which she puts forth new tactics to increase sustainability in fashion. She will discuss her ideas with Carlien Helmink (Studio Jux), Linnemore Nefdt (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and Bert van Son (Mud Jeans).
Since the disaster at the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh in april 2013, the debate on the ills of the fashion industry has intensified. Irrespectively, commercial brands produce collections in ever growing frequency, insisting more and more on the image of clothes as disposable goods. ‘The whole situation can be seen as a complex problem that needs creative problem solving, brave design thinking, questioning of current practices, and open collaboration between different industrial and marketing partners,’ writes fashion scholar Kirsi Niinimäki in Sustainable Fashion, New Approaches (Aalto University Publishers, Helsinki).
This program aims to discuss these new approaches. Niinimäki provides a short introductory lecture on the theme, and will then engage in a discussion with Carlien Helmink (Studio Jux), Linnemore Nefdt (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and Bert van Son (Mud Jeans). What materials should designers use? How long should clothes last? How should we educate young designers in order to create a sustainable industry?
Niinimäki’s book will be for sale before and after this program.
Idea Books is an international wholesaler and distributor of high quality books and catalogues on contemporary architecture, art, photography, design, fashion, and film.


Since the last issue of Victory Journal the editors use a higher quality print and paper -the sport newspaper from New York is more popular then ever. Because they print on such a big format the photo's come across really well.
We made a vide and also have a small pile of backissues in the store.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MC1R: the magazine for redheads

MC1R from Hamburg just published it's second issue in English. A magazine for and about redheads is a welcome addition to our stock!
There are a lot of exciting things happening for redheads all over the world and I'm very glad to work on this opportunity in my life to interpret MC1R magazine as an all-round and flexible project for connecting all of these people with eachother, writes editor in chief Tristan Rodgers in the editorial. 

There is an article on redhead days: ginger gatherings, an interview with the Danish DJ Rødhåd, portraits of and fashion shoots with gingers and an interview with photographer Thomas Knights about red hair and his serie of red headed men "Red Hot". 

The magazine is made with a lot of enthousiasm and connection to the topic. We are curious about the future issues of MC1R already!

Monday, March 16, 2015

THE HAPPY READER #2 : Kim Gordon

After the first succesful issue of The Happy Reader we expected a lot from the second! Kim Gordon is on the cover and interviewed about books in 32 pages. The second part of the mag is about Kakuzo Okakura's The Book of Tea. We made a Happy Reader shop window this week:

Kim Gordon's autobiography "Girl in a band" is just out and she is on the covers of a lot of magazines. We have the Mono Kultur #33 which is only about Gordon's carreer and she's on the covers of Lula and Purple Fashion.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


WTD ("Watad") is edited and published in Dubai. It's an interactive architecture and design magazine that mainly focuses on the Middle East. Together with The State, The Carton and The Outpost they form the collective Love Print. 
Next to articles on urban planning and architecture the magazine is full with great photography.