Saturday, May 23, 2015

PEPPY MILLER #4 vrijdag 29 mei 20:00 Spui 14

Aanstaande vrijdag 29 mei de vierde editie van ons live tijdschrift PEPPY MILLER in het Nieuwscentrum. 
Alles wat je in je lievelingstijdschrift leest gebeurt ‘ live-on-stage’. Met verhalen, muziek, culinaire wetenswaardigheden, mode, columns, gesprekken….
Bijdragen van onder andere schrijver Thomas Verbogt, verhalenmaker Ilona Verhoeven, spoken-word-dichter T. Martinus, filosoof Pieter Hoexum, ‘dedicated fashioners’ Laundry Industry en anderen.

Camille Devid (fotografie)
Ilona Verhoeven (beeldverhalen)
Pieter Hoexum (filosofie)
Laundry Industry (mode)
T. Martinus (spoken word)
Cathelijn Schilder (literatuur)
Mariette Wijne (columns)
Wim Brands (po√ęzie)
Barbara van Beukering (journalistiek)
Guus Thijssen (DJ)       
Wino Wijnen (Amsterdam by Night)

 Spui 14

rond 23:00 zal de hoofdredactrice de laatste bladzijde omslaan.

(illustrator Gijs Kast tekende vorig jaar het publiek van Peppy Miller)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

our evening with Ricarda Messner from FLANEUR

Last Wednesday we had a very nice evening with Flaneur Magazine's founder and publisher Ricarda Messner in the shop. We asked Toine Donk from Das Magazin to do a Q&A with her on the magazine's start-up, approach and the new issue that is about the Corso Vittorio Emannuele II in Rome. Ricarda talked about the literary aspects of the magazine, the way they choose streets and how they find the contributors for the issue.
It was interesting to dive into the magazine that we see as an important and distinctive title on the independent landscape. It was good to see so many magazine fans and magazine makers together. The audio of the talk was recorded - the stream is below.

This event was a collaboration with our friends at Expodium as part of their Unmaking the Netherlands year program. They have a section in the program on walking culture (Rethinking Walking Culture). In addition to the event in the shop they invited Ricarda to give a talk on flanerie and walking in cities at the beautiful Werkspoorkathedraal in Utrecht last Friday, together with artist and walking expert Mariska Gewald. The video's of this talk are online on the Walking Culture section of the Unmaking the Netherlands website.

We would like to thank Ricarda for coming to Amsterdam for these two events and Nikos Doulos of Expodium for the nice collaboration.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

interview with Cara Livermore from CHICKPEA

CHICKPEA is the only vegan magazine we have, since a few years it is a hit on our expanding food shelf next to BEEF! magazine, which covers the complete opposite. There's an inspired team behind this beautifully designed independent magazine that covers recipes, articles on ingredients and a healthy lifestyle. We had some questions for editor -in-chief Cara Livermore

Why did you start Chickpea? why do you publish a printed magazine?

We started as a Tumblr blog, and as our readership grew quickly, we knew we wanted more. A book is too complicated and doesn't allow for complete creative control, but blogging is too instant - a magazine not only challenged us but allowed us to include all of our talented readers as contributors. It was a way to give back and also expand the world of vegan cooking at the same time. We decided to go to print because as a traditional artist, I'm obsessed with paper quality and the physical quality of words and images. It also just feels better, personally, to get away from a screen when I'm trying to get downtime.

There are many independent food titles at the moment, which ones are your favourites and what makes a magzine succesful now?

My favorites are the ones that aren't afraid to experiment and stay unpolished, despite the "professional" competition. I like funny/playful aspects as well - I like magazines (and pretty much any media) that don't take themselves too seriously. My favorites currently are Runcible Spoon, Put A Egg On It, and Lucky Peach. As for being successful, I think a magazine today has to have a very strong point of view, both in their mission and in their visual and written tone.

What are your favourite magazines and which ones inspired you?

Everything inspires me, from the most corporate established magazines to the $1 zines we buy at craft & book fairs. My favorite magazines right now are Martha Stewart Living, Donna Hay, and the ones I mentioned up there. And a local food zine to Rochester, called Eat.

What is the best thing about editing a magazine?

I love creating and managing it all. Getting our contributors' work in my inbox is like opening presents on Christmas morning, and it lights my creative mind. What do I do next with what they sent me? From prop shopping to recipe testing and photo editing, I love it all.

What are your future plans for Chickpea?

We want to keep doing what we're doing, but be better at it and better for the people we work with. (And better for our customers too.) We don't necessarily want to be in Barnes and Noble, but we do want to strengthen our content, style, and reach. We're thinking about coming out with a few e-books, too.

Monday, May 4, 2015


Nairobi Community Media House (NCMH) in Nairobi, Kenya is celebrating the 100th African Slum Journal. They wrote an introduction to their work for our blog:

Watch the real Africa!

While there are guided tours organized nowadays, it only happens occasionally that a white tourist visits a slum in an African city. Most Western people shy away from it. Nevertheless you can’t help yourself to be curious about what’s going on in these buzzing and overcrowded beehives full of people and business. How does the real Africa look like?

No one has to travel all the way down to discover it. Thanks to short movies, produced by young video reporters who originate from the slums, everybody now can easily witness the daily life of thousands of people in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. The reporters are operating from the Nairobi Community Media House, founded in 2011 by the Voices of Africa Media Foundation (VoAMF). Since that year the reporters have produced 99 African Slum Journals. The 100the will be festively presented on May 12 in the Press Museum in Amsterdam. 

Leaky bucket

Watching a Slum Journal one steps instantly into a buzzing and thriving world. Living amongst almost one million people, like in Kibera, the biggest slum of Nairobi, make people creative, inventive and enterprising. Everywhere one finds small traders and hawkers. By all means, Kenyan people are mastering the art of recycling. A bucket with a hole in it? Just go to one of those shops in Majengo Slum, where plastic utensils are being repaired with old plastic material. No money for the hairdresser? There is this lady in Dandora Slum, who recycles and sells hair extensions for a low price to the joy of many women who want to be fashionable. 


The metal workers who bear the proud name of Jua Kali (Swahili for ‘hot sun’) hammer tirelessly old and new metal in every kind of household tool. Clients from Uganda and Tanzania travel all the way in search of the meanwhile famous Jua Kali items, of much better quality than Chinese crap. Or watch the barter traders walking miles in town to exchange new plastic wares for old things as shoes, clothes or electronics. Mali kwa Mali you hear them shout, which means ‘Goods for goods’. Often they are chased away, even beaten up and there are days they make no trade at all. However, they keep on going.  


That’s what sticks to the mind watching several Slum Journals: against all odds and setbacks, people persist! After all, living in a slum is not easy. The reporters don’t hesitate to picture that as well. They record the miserable and unhealthy conditions at the biggest dumpsite of Nairobi where four thousand men, women and children struggle to generate a meager income or just some food to survive. One feels respect for the persistence of a teenage mother who continues school, in spite of her baby that she has to raise alone. The father rejected the baby, the parents of the young mother are not able to help. We see very old people fetching firewood in order to survive and women waiting whole days for a small job and low earnings as a household in middleclass estates, in order to feed their children.


We get to know enterprising and creative people. Like the talented graphic designers working on matatus and competing with each other which bus has the best graffiti art. Or meet Lal Daggy! Kenya’s first deaf rapper, who lives his dream becoming a rapper in sign language. Thanks to the African Slum Journal he could perform together with known Kenyan artists. 


Hope is what all sounds through: every slum inhabitant hopes for a better life. It might be the only significant difference between our western style lives and theirs in the slums. In comparison we have all we dreamt of. There is not much to hope for them in terms of wealth anymore. To what extent it is to our advantage of disadvantage, is to be observed in the African Slum Journals.

Watch the African Slum Journals on