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In the past 10 years we had the pleasure to get to know a lot of the amazing people behind the magazines and publications we try to gather in our store for you, we have seen countless covers on our shelves and browsed myriads of pages. In News & Novelties we want to share some of our latest finds and conversations. Find inspiration in our reviews, enjoy some interviews with amazing people and get to know about our latest activities in Berlin and around the globe.

We are the Weather  - Jonathan Safran Foer

We are the Weather

Jonathan Safran Foer
"Saving the planet begins at breakfast" states the subtitle of "We are the Weather", the latest book of Jonathan Safran Foer. And while we chew on our Sunday brunch, we might initially take a defensive state - Really? Now Foer tells us that even our most favorite Sunday habit is a threat to life? - But stay calm, this book is not about food and eating habits. On the other hand it is also not meant to calm you. So we take that back.⁠ In the first part of the book, titled "The Unbelievable", Foer tells shortly historical turning points and personal stories, which all lead to the suspicion that the human mind is unable to emotionally engage with something that is terrifying by the facts but invisible in every day life and therefor not shaking our emotions. Like the climate crisis. "Our alarm systems are not built for conceptual threats." Which seems one of the reasons why we know about climate change and the threat it is to human life but are unable to take actions. And even though Foer just concluded that we are somehow immune to the devastating facts, he presents us with them nonetheless - through bullet-point lists. Arranged in small size bites and still far from being easily digestible.⁠ ⁠But instead of now presenting us with tools or action plans, what one might expect, to overcome our paralysis, we will read impressions and anecdotes of what means "Home" followed by a inner monologue titled "Dispute with the soul". And latest now it dawns us. What the hard facts are unable to do, Foer is trying (and succeeds at) - he emotionally shake us.⁠ ⁠ May that be the wake up call we all needed to finally take the steps necessary to safe our biotope, our home.⁠ Buy
The New Luxury - Highsnobiety

The New Luxury – Highsnobiety

The fashion world got turned upside down in recent years. While it all started with streetwear brands and street culture hacking luxury fashion, they now became a part of it. Balenciaga dad sneakers walk through every street of Berlin, Fendi prints Fila logos allover their designs, Louis Vuitton makes sweatpants, and Vêtements sells their clothes out of the back of a DHL truck in a counterfeit market setting.⁠
It is the era of hype and early adopters, which turns teens and twenty something into the new luxury customer willing to spend enormes sums and to queue up for days to get their hands on the latest limited drop. Exclusivity is not (solely) created through a high price tag but through knowledge. It is not so easy anymore to buy into the group of the fashionable, you have to know your way around, understand the hybrids and quotes, the dynamics and collaborations. So who else than street culture authority Highsnobiety could explain better the changing face of the luxury market.⁠ Buy
Interview with Miruna Sorescu - Sindroms

Interview with Miruna Sorescu – Sindroms

In a world in which facts are handled as a matter of interpretation, it’s kind of ironic, that Sindroms, a magazine dedicated to colours proves that our highly subjective, emotional response to light refraction is by far less arbitrarily than one might think. In fact, our associative apparatus triggered by different qualities and intensities of the colour palette evokes a multitude of versatile and contrasting ‚monochrome states of minds‘. Without lapsing into banality, Sindroms unveils, issue after issue, all the complex and not seldom hidden layers of colours. So far it has been red, yellow, white before the pink issue hit our shelves. We e-met founder and Creative Director of Sindroms, Miruna Sorescu, to talk about her "obsessive-compulsive tendency of colour coding“ and how to translate this passion into print. More
Sontag. Her Life - Benjamin Moser

Susan Sontag

Benjamin Moser
To offer you a small glimpse of all the beautiful titles which are dropping in our little store day after day makes up the most enjoyable part of our job. And honestly, the easiest - since they all are exceptional in one way or another. But sometimes - as in the case of Susan Sontag - there resonates an undeniable reverence, an uncertainty about where to start or where to end. How can one possibly find the right words to come anywhere close to one of the most sharp-witted, charismatic and controversial writers of the twentieth century? The sincere answer is: We'll not even try. The only thing we can do is highly suggest you to see the world through the eyes of an intellectual, a critic, a lover, a mother, a homosexual, a loner, a stubborn and above all, through the eyes of someone who fully dedicated her whole life to the written word. While you get hooked in Benjamin Moser's latest biography or in the numerous essays of Sontag herself, one thing is for sure, they are after all these years still a delighting, eye-opening read, so much we can promise. Buy
About a Square - Eric Emery

About a Square

Eric Emery
How much square meters does one need to open a gallery? For curator and visual artist, Eric Emery, 20 m² were exactly about right. 'About a Square. Ten Years of site-specific exhibitions at zqm' visualizes the transformative journey of a tiny exhibition space in Berlin named 'zqm'. The acronym - meaning twenty square meters - stands for a dimensional pre-condition which was taken, from the very first exhibition by Leo 'Kicking Over an Andy Goldworthy Sculpture'  - and ever since - as a possibility rather than a limitation. Graphic designer Julie Joliat got invited to continue the tradition of young artists to curatorial create something out of a white blank. Her Carte Blanche turned out to be an artwork itself. With page numbers dancing out of the line, wildly composed visual references, a long interview between Ascanio Cecco and Eric Emery, this book is an experimental laboratory, to which luckily, none of the standard norms of an exhibition catalogue can be applied. Nor does it foster conventional ways of thinking. In summary, it's not the worst idea to survey your terrain in order to think out of the box - no matter how small it is. Buy
East German Modern - Hans Engels

East German Modern

Hans Engels
The latest book East German Modern of photographer Hans Engels takes us on a visual tour through the Neue Bundesländer. And yes, we admit most of it is grey, but that is only because concrete was one of the main building materials. It was thought to be economic and innovative. The architecture pictured tells the story of a time when a young nation dreamt of modern living for everyone. The buildings were created with an eye towards modernity, formalism, and efficiency. Prefabricated systems were invented, instead of ornament the buildings are rhythmic through metal cladding, tiles or windows. Flipping through this book you can not stop wondering why you have never heard these architects names, while all the modern western architects that had similar styles and approaches are so famous. And while we are very happy that Prenzlauer Berg did not get teared down to build then modern Plattenbau blocks as was the plan (while we are equally happy the city center of Paris was not teared down to the ground for Le Corbusier to built enormes high-rise buildings to house all the Parisians), we admit that the architecture shown in this book, does not just has historic but also cultural value.⁠ Buy
Invisible Women - Caroline Criado Perez

Invisible Women

Caroline Criado Perez
"Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth." observed already Simone de Beauvoir.⁠ ⁠ Since then not much has changed. Caroline Criado Perez exposes the hidden ways in which women are forgotten, and the impact that it has on their health and lives, but also on the life of the whole society. She uncovers a bias that is often not systematic but happens because we are used to the default man. The man stands representative for humankind, the woman is the other. The consequences are devastating. Woman are 47% more likely to die in car accidents, because the car is designed for the male body and woman, most of the time, have to move their seat out of the ideal position. Women get medicine that is not proven to work for them and sometimes is doing more harm than good. Why? Because they are critically underrepresented (or not at all represented) in medical studies. Why? Because they are thought of being difficult and not consistent due to their menstrual cycle. So of course just test on men, since they are the neutral representative of all humans. What could go possibly wrong...⁠ "Invisible Woman" shows that even snow-clearing schedules can be bias and when fixed can save millions of dollars. But foremost it shows how the bias is deeply rooted in every field you can imagine. And even though this book will sometimes make you angry, it is most notably eye-opening. Buy
The Drone Chronicles 2001-2016

The Drone Chronicles

The Drone Chronicles maps the evolution and increasing integration of drones in our society, from the American invasion in Afghanistan in 2001 onwards. ⁠Because the compiled articles derive from different media outlets, they mirror a variety of perspectives on ethical and political questions about drone usage. While the catalogue, alongside the journal, lists all the models introduced onto the market between 2001 and 2016 — either for commercial or military purposes, they are organized by release date and presented along with their technical specifications. The manufacturers are listed by country in the catalogue’s index, proposing a comparative geopolitical reading, equal to that of an atlas.⁠ This unusual publication gives you an inside to the exponential growing production of drones. It shows you the major players, challenges your moral views, but also triggers the humorous absurdity. But it does not impose a view on you. You'll have to work it out yourself.⁠ Buy
Luncheon #8 A/W 2019

Luncheon #8

As most magazine lovers by this time know, Luncheon is, with its unusual concept of a magazine that comes to you as menu from aperitif to digestif, in many ways unique. Issue #8 serves you classics like the free spirited paintings of William N. Copley (seen on the cover), as main course a thoroughly honest conversation over, well, lunch with musician Robert Wyatt, who after an accident in 1973 became paralysed, dropped out of his bands and focused on his solo career which brought him collaborations with Syd Barret, Brian Eno, Björk, and Hot Chip. The catch of the day are contemporary poems of Freya E. Morris trying to understand her life, herself and her broken relationships in short scribbled notes, while as desert you will get a taste of the sensual Fruits of Senegal - photographs of fruit and flowers placed on the naked body of Ibrahim Kamara. But that is by far not everything. This lunch is so packed with tastes, textures and new discoveries, you probably will be rolling out of the door, full of relish, and not being able to go back to work.⁠ By looking back and forward, by playing with the classics and challenging us with contemporary pungency, Luncheon is truly like a menu created by an excellent chef. Probably receiving a Michelin Star soon.⁠ Buy
Trans Magazin #35

trans #35

Since the late 90ties the magazine trans lives up to its name. Holding the current brainchild of ETH Zürich's architecture students in your hand it becomes clear that 'trans' is, in fact, an understatement. The bi-annual, tri-lingual and mono-thematic magazine has a lot to offer - and this not only for people who are coming from within the field. ‚Bruch‘ is the name of their current issue and can be translated as many things: as fracture, rupture, break - or simply crack. For those who can't resist the seducing yellow glow behind the crack which runs through the cover: The contributions are dizzying and mind-blowing, or at the least mind-changing, as your notion of ‚Bruch‘ will be surely a different, more transversal one. We’re not sure what this means exactly but we trust the wise words of Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack in everything, that's how the lights get in.“ Buy
Perdiz #10 2019

Perdiz #10

"These smiles do not exist." Our eyes wander over six photographs of six faces. Photographs seemingly made by amateurs, by friends or family, probably with their phones and judged by the quality most likely none of these pictures will ever be glued into a family photo album. We read again. "These smiles do not exist. These people don't exist, beyond these photos." Even though they could not appear to be more real, the photographs are all made by an algorithm. The stories for each person are also written by an algorithm. An other one. GPT-2 to be exact. "Nevertheless, we can say that these stories are real. Because stories only need to be told to exist. (...) Strap in, because we're heading into the era of AI and, as long as it reads well, what does it matter who is responsible for the story?" So we fasten our seat belts and get sucked into the world of stories of Perdiz. Stories which let us question what is real.⁠ Stories like the one of a concentration camp survivor, who remembers to be only alive because a girl would throw him apples over the fence, a girl that he later married. And even though their story does not seem to match with the facts, he refuses to let it go. "And in my imagination, in my mind, I believed it. Even now, I believe it. That she was there and she threw the apple to me." Or the story of a man that wants nothing more than driving trains. When he was eight he had memorised the entire subway network of New York. By the age fifteen someone showed him how to operate a train. Since then he repeatedly passes himself off as a conductor to fulfill his dream. He has been arrested 30 times. "Some media articles have said I'm an impostor. In order for me to be an impostor, I would have to say I am impersonating someone else. And actually I wasn't impersonating somebody else, I was impersonating myself."⁠ Personal stories interweave with blurry memories, imagination and their own perception of themselves. Perdiz makes with this issue reality not a question of fact but dynamic, complex, and kaleidoscopic.⁠ Buy
PpR Journal #4 2019

PpR #4

When did it begin that our clothing stopped to be an expression of belonging? An act of identifying with a certain way of living or a social group? Turning the pages of not another ordinary fashion magazine provides an initial response: Quite a while ago...A time when you simply couldn't afford to buy everything you always ever wanted. Without endless adds, light and small-sized, PpR, is anything else than coming off the peg. Smooth and supple it bypasses our material world by focusing on fashion’s - all too often forgotten - potential to communicate between people, clothing and other cultural discourses, as Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief David Bennett states. Issue #4 takes you back to the 80ties, a time when London’s subculture reassembled, and the moment that the uniform became a symbol of rebellion and noncomformity. Clothing as an act of power against the establishment? Well, this is not what clothes are for these days. Thus, within PpR's glossy and elegant splendor also our continuous aspiration for being - oh so - individual shines in a new light. Buy
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