Published June 8, 2010 by Molly
Holy smokes, Ditto Press is so cool we could plotz. The UK-based independent publisher produces the most beautiful books imaginable using Risograph technology (do we sense a growing sector of Risograph devotees?) and incredible bookbinding techniques. The shop and blog are practically epilepsy-inducing in its variety and desirability, offering books that range on topics including academia, fine art, photography, popular culture, literature and poetry. Zoinks? Zoinks.
Selected highlights include a revisited Edgar Allen Poe story (designed and produced in-house), prints by WLYS favorite Jiro Bevis, a limited edition book by Joseph Clayton Mills, “Herschel’s Telescope”, a 2-color riso printing for Laurence Barber with exposed-sewn single page sections and 9 digitally produced gate-folded inserts…and so much more.
Published April 8, 2010 by Molly
In an age when the print media appears to be coughing its final loogies into a bloody handkerchief, it is worth paying attention to the few magazines that stick around. For a print publication to do well in this freaky climate is no small feat, and n+1 is not only alive, but practically fist-pumping.
If you’re not familiar with the magazine, it can be summed up as a controversial and whip-smart journal of everything that might matter to the contemporary young man or woman: video games, the internet, sex, zombie novels, avant garde food, narcoterrorism in Mexico, parties in Miami, cave painting, hedge funds, and more. Contributors include WLYS favorite Sam Lipsyte (whom we covered here), Benjamin Kunkel, Juan Villoro and more.
The newest issue is hot off the press, and we recommend nabbing a copy before it sells out!
Published March 31, 2010 by Molly
It’s hard to put your finger on Felicie Vachon’s style. Bold in places, muted in others, her work speaks mostly in whispers but with the occasional shriek. Spending time with Felicie’s work won’t necessarily lead to a unifying theory of the artist, but it’s without doubt a fascinating way to expand your visual horizons.
Witness, for example, this series of photographs based on the phonetic similarity of the words “leaving” and “living”, posters illustrating the damaging effects of alcohol on the brain, and drop, a magazine about a simpler life. The artist is also a part of the ubud collective of artists, consisting of 6 actors, 6 musicians, 1 chef, 1 artist, 3 video artists, and herself. More work is here.
Published February 22, 2010 by Molly
It’s like some essential law of nature: as long as amazing people exist, there will be amazing magazines to collect and codify their thoughts and projects. Such is A Public Space, the Brooklyn-based magazine of literature and culture founded in 2005 to bring essays and fiction and poetry of all kinds to the reading public. Issue #9 features Nicholson Baker, Ichiro Suzuki, Love Letters, The Third Street Promenade, and a whole bunch of other stuff, all wrapped up in a suavely-designed package of goodness.
Also not to miss: The magazine is hosting an event on February 21st in Santa Monica, CA featuring the great raconteur T.C. Boyle, Carla Gugino, Joel David Moore and miscellaneous performances. Start arranging your carpool!
Published October 23, 2009 by Molly
Miss Manners, aka Judith Martin, began writing her syndicated column in 1978. Emily Post was penning etiquette advice as early as the 1920s. Both provided reliable guidelines on how to act politely in this complicated modern era––neither, unfortunately, had much of an interest in the contemporary art scene.
This is where I Like Your Work comes in. Art journal Paper Monument has produced a tiny (but information-dense) booklet with features from 38 artists, critics, curators and dealers on the “sometimes serious and sometimes ridiculous topic of manners in the art world.”
Tuck it in your own back pocket or slide it under the studio door of someone who really needs it.
Published October 8, 2009 by Molly
“Just when you’re thinking you’re intellectually alone in the world, something like n+1 falls into your hands,” wrote Jonathan Franzen in The New York Observer, and the description is a pretty accurate one.
n+1 is a twice-yearly print journal devoted to the best writing and thinking of our time. Sounds like a robust claim, but then again, the magazine delivers big-time. Mingling all-star contributors with stellar unknowns, the magazine’s editors combine a sharp sense of humor with bone-crushing smarts and a flair for the unusual. Don’t be fooled by the magazine’s super lo-fi website––they keep it that way on purpose. The magazine itself is a beauty.
Past topics have included the concept of hype, a philosophy of pop music, the internet, hedge funds, neoliberals, dating, Bolaño, and a summer in Uzbekistan. No telling what the future will bring, but it ought to be good. Anyone who thinks that our country is getting dumber should get themselves a subscription, stat, and correct the impression.
Published May 29, 2009 by Molly
Reorienting your reading habits toward the internet makes for a certain reduction in clutter (no more Wall Street Journals to recycle; no more Betty Crocker cookbooks moldering on the pantry shelf), but there’s something to be said for keeping a reserve of printed materials on hand. Occasionally you want to read without a phosphorescent machine lighting up your face and toasting your lap.
CapGun is a poetry magazine out of Brooklyn. Tidy, well-curated, and filled with young writers of note, the magazine is produced in limited editions that tend to sell out quickly. For good reason, too. CapGun is far too lovely to outsource to the internet.
Published April 28, 2009 by Molly
Good art shouldn’t require explanation, but it should benefit from analysis. In other words, if you can look at a piece for two seconds and comprehend it entirely, there’s something wrong with the work. Or with you.
Paper Monument, a journal of contemporary art, makes for a prime supplement to art-viewing. There are sharp essays (”The End of Carnality is the Beginning of Facebook”), a cultural analysis of YouTube, pieces about design, Deleuze, sculpture and Laurel Nakadate. Consider the journal your secret weapon.