Sunday, August 31, 2014

interview with David Jenkins from LITTLE WHITE LIES

LITTLE WHITE LIES is a great movie magazine, we’re always excited when a new issue comes to the store. The new one is almost out. We talked to editor David Jenkins.

Where is the magazine based and is editing it your full time job?

Our offices are based in Shoreditch in East London, a location often chided by outsiders as being full of pretentious artschool burn-outs, but is actually totally normal if you spend a bit of time there. I edit Little White Lies, and have done (at time of writing) for just over a year. I love writing about movies, so I try to do as much of that as possible.

You call yourself a magazine about “Truth & Movies”. Why truth?

I guess for two reasons: one because it alludes to the fact that we always try to be honest when we're talking about movies. And honesty breeds passion and sincerity. When we talk about films, we try to do so in a very objective way Рso it's that old clich̩ of every film has the potential to be a masterpiece before you've seen it. And it also has the potential to be terrible, which is most often the case. I think our Truth & Movies tagline also offers a little ironic counterpoint to the fact that we're called Little White Lies, were anyone inclined to take the title too literally.

Why do you use so many illustrations in the magazine?

Because that's part of the magazine's DNA – what it essentially is. And it gives us a reason to exist, also. There are many fine, quality movie magazines out there which use press photography to illustrate the editorial, so we just want to explore movies in a way which is different and makes LWLies… if not "stand out" from the pack, then not overlap with the formulas used by those existing titles. I also think that movies are pieces of art that take years to make, so why shouldn't we create a magazine which amply reflects all that time, energy, creativity and skill?

You are about to publish a book on movies, what is the difference for you between editing a book or a magazine?

I must say I find both super difficult. I think with doing the magazine, we have total creative control over it and we can pretty much run whatever we want, however we want. But with our book, What I Love About Movies, because this was in collaboration with Faber & Faber, other considerations have to be taken as to how it will be received by the public. However, I must say that our editor at Faber, Walter Donahue, was and is an absolute delight had total faith that we'd produce something vaguely workable. Whether we achieved that is something you'd have to ask him.

Which magazines do you read? Which ones inspired you?

Movies are my main passion so the magazines I tend to read include Sight & Sound, CinemaScope, Film Comment, things like that… Places where I can find rich editorials about film. Although I have ideas about and appreciation for design, I tend to leave that part of the magazine to our creative director, Timba Smits. He has that base well and truly covered.

LWL is loved in our store for the strong covers, how do you decide what the cover will be?

It's not a very exact science at all. We go and see movies, we see one we like, we decide we want to make a magazine about it. End of. No, but we obviously do consider whether there is design potential for each film, but even when nothing instantly reveals itself, our designers love the challenge of creating these visual templates and perhaps trying to present the movie in a way which is slightly alternative to how it's being presented elsewhere. For instance, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a movie which is shot in a way which is very conventional and doesn't have any special effects or sub-themes which lend themselves to an obvious over-arching design style. But it was thought the film worked a bit like a graphic novel splayed out on the big screen, so we decided to go with that.

Do you think you will keep publishing LWL in print or do you also consider to publish exclusively online?

LWLies could only exist as a print product, as that's essentially what it is. It's not just the words and the pictures, it's the smell, the feel of the paper, the satisfaction of having them stacked together on a shelf. Unless holograms get really big really soon, there's no way LWLies will be migrating solely to an online platform. The very nature of the internet doesn't yet cater for the things that make our magazine a magazine and not a website. And yet, the publishing world is constantly going through radical changes, so you never know what might happen. I don't like to speculate but, random disasters aside, I think the mag will be around for some time yet... *crosses fingers and toes*

Did you see Maps to the Stars by Cronenberg yet? What did you think?

Not only have we seen it, we've made an entire issue of the magazine based on it. Issue 55, should be with you soon. Very proud of this issue.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


The Pitchfork Review is now 3 issues old and proves to be a strong, thick magazine about music and indie music. After publishing online about music for 17 years they went into print succesfully.

"The primary reason was for a love of the craft of both meaningful music journalism and printed matter. These days, we're used to music media equating with immediacy, but there is still a place for timeless opinions and ideas on the sounds and artists which we cherish. And we believe that this type of publication is the ideal environment for some of those pieces", creative director Michael Renaud told us when the first issue came out.

We have the Spring and Summer issues in stock at the moment, nice new addition is that they now include a 7” single in the back of the magazine. The Spring issue has a track by Kurt Vile and The Lovetones and a track by Watery Love. The Summer issue has a 7” with two tracks by The Lentils.

Also in the new issues: Christian Storm curated a series of photo’s of fans at gigs and concerts, an extended article on singer songwriter Elliot Smith, the soulful sounds of Joe Tex, bookreviews, guitarist John Fahey, Mike Power re-examines the Sung Tongs record by Animal Collective.

An overview of Kate Bush’s carreer, a large photo coverage of Matthew Barney’s latest film River of Fundament, the art and music of Bill Callahan and a retrospective on Outkast. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FACING PAGES 2014 publication

A few months after the Facing Pages 2014 independent magazine biennale, the OK Parking and Facing Pages team have made this round up publication with all the stories from the speakers, magazine makers and experts.

'The publication consists of two booklets. The outer part counts 64 pages and is printed in four colors (Cyan, Red, Yellow, Blue) on matt paper. All lectures are collected in this part. The inner part contains the event's photos and an index of all magazines shown at our exhibition. This part has 36 pages and is printed in full color on a glossy paper. The booklets are bound by a nice rubber band.'

"Print is not dead. It just smells funny!"

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Danish art magazine LE PETIT VOYEUR is actually not small at all. For this just released second issue they doubled their amount of pages, now counting 273.
There's a lot of street art, drawing, painting, fashion and photography in this magazine. And also a lot of naked girls.

Monday, August 18, 2014

NEW AFRICAN WOMAN #26: fashion & beauty special

New African Woman's fashion & beauty special has beautiful shoots, especially the one by fashionista Tsholofelo Dikobe: 'African fashion should be in the interest of the Africans and be in deep symbolic connection to the sense of African culture and identity.'

Thursday, August 14, 2014

interview with Fiorella Valdesolo from GATHER JOURNAL

GATHER JOURNAL is one of the most beautiful food magazines on our food shelves. What we love about this title is that it's full of recipes and food photography, it's always inspriring.
We talked to editor Fiorella Valdesolo.

Where are you based and what inspired you to start a printed magazine?

Gather is based in New York and was founded by Michele Outland and Fiorella Valdesolo in the summer of 2012. We met while on staff together at Nylon Magazine and had been dreaming since we both went freelance five odd years ago about working on a creative project together. We are both enamored with the print medium and believe that nothing quite compares to the tangible experience of paper, so we always were certain that it would have to be a printed publication. 

Which other independent food magazines do you read? Do you feel there’s a lot of competition?

I take a the more the merrier stance — I love that there are more independent food magazines out there than ever before! I think every publication has its own distinctive voice and style so there is room for everyone. Some of my current fellow food favorites are Lucky Peach, Modern Farmer, Swallow and Put a Egg On It.

What are your favourite magazines?

I will always have a special place in my heart for New York magazine. I also love Kinfolk, Lady, Adult, Four + Sons and Afar.

Did you ever consider publishing a cookbook?

It's certainly something we would consider in the future!

What are your future plans for Gather Journal?

We are working on our next edition (the fall/ winter 2015 issue) right now and we have a recipe app in the works that we are producing with the Brothers Mueller and Studio Mercury.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

LA BROUSSE #5: the music issue

LA BROUSSE is a small food zine from Marseille. The 5th issue is their music issue. It comes with a funny CD mixtape with food related French songs.
In this issue recipes, musicians, and of course since it's the music issue: recipes with ears, for example the Spanish orejas de cerdo Iberico. "Boum boum schlurp" they say.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

KLEBSTOFF: sticker magazine from East Germany

KLEBSTOFF is a magazine for the sticker lover, there are more than 200 stickers in every issue. Every page is full of stickers from artwork by street artists, designers and illustrators from all over the world. Even the front and back cover are full with stickers.
It proudly states that it is produced in East Germany. The stickers in the magazine look like street art and are asking for a surface to be attached on. Funny, absurd, rebellious and cool.

Issue 5 was curated by street art magazine Lodown and issue 6's cover is made up of glow in the dark stickers. It contains works from artists from Cairo, the UK and The Netherlands.
Every issue is limited to 2000 hand numbered copies. It is perfect for your fridge, bike, postcard, mix-CD, toilet, wall or door.

They are going fast, these two issues are nearly sold out, issue 7 is on the way and issue 8 in the making as we speak.

Monday, August 11, 2014

THE BURNING SAND: prose, poetry and art from Glasgow

THE BURNING SAND: biannual magazine about prose, poetry and art. Made is Glasgow, Scotland, edited by Sarah Lowndes. Issue three came out last spring.
From the editorial: "..there is a very wide range of approaches taken by the contributors which is testament to the diverse and imaginative practices of artists currently living and working in Glasgow".

A poem in two parts by Kim Moore, illustrated by Fergus Dunett. An essay on the poetics of live electronic music and the pioneer of interactive computer music Martin Bartlett. A short story by Kathryn Elkin. Photography by Tony Swain. An essay by Sarah Lowndes on projective verse in San Francisco between 1953-1965. Jenny Brownrigg documented a conversation between five curators about transforming the interior of an abandoned beer factory.

It's smart, non-pretentious, has a wide range of topics but is still accessible. The Burning Sand always has the same cover, only the colour of the letters changes. A very nice magazine.