Thursday, April 30, 2015

event with editor Ricarda Messner of FLANEUR Magazine at Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum 13 May 18:00

Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum in collaboration with Expodium presents FLANEUR MAGAZINE's founder and publisher Ricarda Messner on a tete-a-tete interview with Toine Donk, editor-in-chief of DAS MAGAZIN.

Please join us on Wednesday 13th May at 18.00 for an inspiring evening into the world of FLANEUR.

Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum, Spui 14-16

The event is part of Expodium's 'Unmaking The Netherlands' (UTN) year program and is sponsored by Warsteiner.

On Friday 15th May, Ricarda will be visiting Utrecht for an elaborate presentation on FLANEUR's mode of operation. For more info and updates on the event, visit the UTN website.


Flaneur presents one street per issue.
The magazine embraces the street's complexity, its layers and its fragmented nature through a literary approach. It creates meaningful correlations among places, stories, people and objects that aren't necessarily related.
The magazine is aware of its subjectivity.

Unmaking The Netherlands (UTN) is a metaphorical theme park initiated and carried by Expodium – an urban do tank at the intersection of arts and urban studies. It consists of three main attractions: Play, Urban Cannibalism and The Walking Culture.

Friday, April 24, 2015

our evening with Samira Ben Laloua from EXTRA EXTRA

Last Night we had editor Samira Ben Laloua from EXTRA EXTRA in the shop for the launch of the new issue. Toine Donk from DAS MAGAZIN interviewed her about Extra Extra and her love for making magazines. She told us she had quite a history in magazine making (she was one of the founding editors of Club Donny) and that she is fascinated by pages coming together to form a magazine. Samira said she is looking for stories with Extra Extra and searches for the sensual part that is more hidden in eroticism.
The two editors are both in charge of succesful independent magazines and talked about their favourite magazines and what makes a magazine a good magazine: they agreed that the love for the topic has to be very clear in the first place. Toine is a big fan of Little White Lies and The White Review and Saira loves Mousse and The Gourmand.
After the talk Florentine Wellen read the story Metro Sex by Dutch writer Anne Vegter, which is included in the new issue, a spicy story about sex in the Rotterdam underground.
Thanks Samira, Toine and Florentine and Nikos Doulos for taking pictures. Also thanks to Warsteiner for providing beers.

Next up is a presentation with editor Ricarda Messner of Berlin-based indie magazine FLANEUR on May 13th, in collaboration with Expodium as part of their Unmaking The Netherlands symposium. Flaneur: Fragments of a street choses one street in one city for every issue. Watch this space for more details soon.

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 d├ęcor. 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.

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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.