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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.

Flaneur Taipei Q&A

Interview with Fabian Saul – Flaneur

Part II
While the halls of the HKW were illuminated by stroboscopic neon-lights, a large number of people hit the road to come, join and enjoy all the performances, discussions and intercultural encounters which arose from the fruitful collaborations between Flaneur and their invited Taiwanese artists. It comes at no surprise: the very first Flaneur Festival turned out to be a total blast! After more than one year stitching on Flaneur's Taipei issue - and, aligning a whole Festival on top of it - one can say right of the bat, that the hard work paid off well. Time to draw a first conclusion with Flaneur's editor in chief, Fabian Saul. More
Flaneur Taipei Q&A

Interview with Grashina Gabelmann – Flaneur

Part I
After winning the Lead Awards for Best Indie Publisher, a D&AD Award for Best Magazine Design, a couple of Stack Awards which all end with the phrase ‘of the year’ – just to name a few – the trio behind Flaneur is getting regularly invited to join various workshops and panel discussions all around the world. So one might ask: ‘What's next? What else do you want to achieve, dear Flaneur-Team?!’ Which is, frankly, not the most unreasonable question to have in mind but also becomes self-evident considering the up-coming Flaneur Festival at the HKW in Berlin. We met Grashina Gabelmann, one of Flaneur's editors in chief and got carried away by her sparkling imagination when it comes to stretch the idea of publishing a magazine to its very limits. More
Laphams Quarterly Summer 2019 - Happiness

Lapham’s Quarterly

The Happiness Issue
We better break it to you: "There is plenty of empirical evidence to suggest", as Lapham’s Quarterly states in its summer issue, "that much of what we do to gain happiness doesn’t pay off." We chase after happiness even tough happiness comes as the unintended outcome of aiming at something else. The discovery that happiness is beyond ones grasp results not seldom in frustration and disappointment. Luckily there is Lapham's Quarterly to show us that this phenomenon is rather new and not naturally given. While the greeks thought you can only judge a happy life after someones death, since you have to look at the whole, seventeenth century thinker Thomas Hobbes redefined happiness as an subjective emotional state. In order to acquire the means to future pleasure, we seek what Hobbes called power—money, status, influence, and friendship are all forms of power. The appetite for pleasure, as understood by Hobbes, has two disturbing features. First, it never ends until death. And second, there is no stable condition that counts as being happy; there are only fleeting experiences that must be renewed constantly. Interspersing these thoughts with some for that time new words like "competition" and "selfish", mixing it up a century later with "sympathy" and we got the base for our madness... Reading all this pondering about a happy state of mind, from ancient philosophers to happify self-improvement programs, pursuing the deeply anchored human desire to be happy, we learn one thing: it is and remains a futile search. And yet, sometimes, while we keep on trying we might get some shivers of happiness. At least for an instant. At least for a tiny, little moment - while turning page after page of Lapham’s Quarterly's latest issue. Buy
Interview with Kai von Rabenau - mono.kultur

Interview with Kai von Rabenau – mono.kultur

The small independent fan-zine (DIN A5) from Berlin, with an even smaller lettering (8.5 pt), has been delighting its loyal readers for over 13 years. While some conduct an interview, mono.kultur takes the art of dialogue to the extreme with its extended question-answer game. The idea behind is simple: one issue, one artist, one interview. Right on time for the latest issue with fashion designer Iris van Herpen we met Kai von Rabenau, the driving force behind mono.kultur, to talk about the subtle art of an interview. In order to not be embarrassed in front of the master of vis-à-vis, we asked our questions à la carte. So from now on the rule is: one card, one question - following the motto ‘Play it as it lays’. More
Interview mit Fabian Ebeling - Die Epilog

Interview mit Fabian Ebeling – Die Epilog

Egal ob über Protest, die Wiederverzauberung der Welt, ein Leben im Konjunktiv, die Bedeutung von Irrelevanz oder ob über die Generationenfrage, die Epilog lässt alte Kamellen (u.a. die großen Fragen der Menschheit) in neuem Licht erstrahlen. Sie bereitet ihrem Namen alle Ehre und schafft es regelmässig große, bereits immer dagewesene Themen nicht nur anders zu denken, sondern ihnen immer auch etwas Positives abzugewinnen. Das Gesellschaftsmagazin für Gegenwartskultur, das bei ein, zwei (drei, vier…) Bier in einer Eckkneipe in Weimar aus den synaptischen Kurzschlüssen zwischen Mads Pankow, Viola K. Steinberg und Fabian Ebeling entstand, geht in eine neue Runde. Zeit also, ein paar Fragen an die Macher hinter der Die Epilog zu stellen. More
The Skirt Chronicles #4 2019

The Skirt Chronicles #4

Things often appear different at first sight as they actually are. And only after a certain period of time their versatile facets start to shine through. In the case of The Skirt Chronicles it's most likely less existential but still there is one fact you should know about this french export hit: This magazine is NOT a fashion magazine! - despite alleged evidence as, for instance, the name, the cover... Together, the trio Haydée Touitou, Sofia Nebiolo and Sarah de Mavaleix had something different in mind and, if any, only in the broadest sense another girly, glossy clothes magazine. Instead, in the very beginning of The Skirt Chronicles, the idea was to celebrate their friendship which then, turned into their joint wish to create a collaborative platform crossing different generations and cultures - and on top if it to give space for reflecting the women voice. Idealistic and dreamy? Probably! And yet, when you start to turn page by page, it will not take long that you sense how good and invigorating it feels to be kindly invited to see the world though a slightly softer and lighter lens - or as they put it: from an imaginary island. In their latest issue #4 they meet artist Eleanor Coppola to talk about her long journey out of the shadows of famously known director Francis Coppola, have a closer look at the work of Bahraini-American archaeologist Nasser Alzayani digging in the collective memory of his home country while taking you on a delicious pasticcerie tour. The Skirt Chronicles may not be the fashion magazine you expect in the first place but it has a lot of other treasures for you which are indeed priceless: offering you perfect hide-out, a locus luminosity in your mind - far far away. Buy
Duty Free Art - Kunst in Zeiten des globalen Bürgerkriegs. Hito Steyerl

Duty Free Art

Kunst in Zeiten des globalen Bürgerkriegs
Duty Free Art composes 15 essays of the media critic Hito Steyerl, recently named the most influential person in the art world by the international art magazine ArtReview. She begins her reflections with a truly absurd institution of the art market: Freeports. The depots for luxury goods at the airports of Geneva, Singapore and Luxembourg, store works of art free of custom duties and at the same time withdrawn from the public. Rumor has it that the Freeport in Geneva is home to thousands of Picassos but due to intransparent documentation the actual number is unknown. However, there is no doubt that the inventory can compete with any large museum. Therefore this luxurious no-man’s-land is assumably one of the most important art locations right now. Technically, the goods are in transit, but in fact this legal vacuum is increasingly becoming a permanent residence for accumulated wealth. The freeport is thus a permanent transit zone and in some way a secret museum. But Hito Steyerl does not stop there. She sees our time as a global hell of indefinite civil wars - through social media delusional populations, capitalism floating on seas of debt, algorithmically guided missiles killing thousands of civilians. And somewhere in all of this is the art world: broken, corrupt, complicit, idiotic, with perhaps just a hint of value to rescue itself out of the wreckage. Maybe. Buy
Real Review #8 Spring 2019

Real Review #8

Coming in a slim format, but unfolding into a wide one once you open it, Real Review is a magazine that wants to be stuffed into your pocket to be read wherever you go instead of laying around on the coffee table. While other magazines try to allure you by a pretty layout but leave you with articles that make you feel you just read two pages of placeholder text, Real Review captivates through genuinely well written and researched articles. The topics chosen are relevant and very specific, therefore giving you an actual inside in „what it means to live today“ - the motto of this quarterly magazine on contemporary culture. Issue 8 embraces subjects such as how extrinsic motives trick our mind like junk food so that we cannot stop following them even though they make us (scientifically proven) sick and unhappy. Therefor we all act like junkies basing our life choices on junk values. Followed by investigations of the fashion trend of merging luxury brand logos with lifestyle brands, Gucci’s twisted-around-logo to knock off the knockoffs or Vêtements’ 250$ take on DHL T-Shirts. While thoughts on how the presentation of the Chaise Longue, throughout art history until today, topped with a half naked, passively waiting female body, reveal the thereby manifested image of the sexually available woman. An inlay is featuring photographic and written snippets by Wolfgang Tillmans composed especially for Real Review. To be honest each article in this issue deserves a full review, but because this is social media and everybody is only looking at the pictures anyway, we suggest you to check out this jewel of a magazine yourself. Buy
Suspira #2 2019

Suspira #2

We should warn you: the latest issue of Suspira Magazine is not for fainted-hearted! Why? The complicated and highly theoretical answer would be that according to the french psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan objet petite a is a part-object located in the area of the Imaginary, an element which is imagined as separable from the rest of the body functioning as an object of desire, a fulfillment for the incomplete subject. What? Exactly! The more simple response is that Suspira spotlights in its Fetish issue an array of sinister women who definitely cannot be turned in an object of desire as they master their sexuality, are highly independent and wildly seductive. These sex goddesses out of the dark proving easily that “our society is still terrified of female sexuality and women sense of agency is their ultimate nightmare“ as editor Valentina Egoavil Medina states it. As she was seeking for powerful women in young age she found them in the section of the video library (true, this part is inspired by our analogue manner) which was inaccessible for fellows under the age 18. The actual heroes of horror movies: Tura Satana, Pam Grier or characters like Vampira and Santanico Pandemonium. The raising question is where does horror end and female desire, sexual pleasure begin? And what has this to do with feminism? We recommend to have the guts and open this red latex-like magazine. Abandon yourself in the cosmos of the mistress of the macabre, the London glamour ghoul Marie Devilreux, listening to what Kristin J. Sollée has to say about her book Witches, Sluts, Feminists - Conjuring the Sex Positive, be drawn in by the illustrations by Tengu Guro or get inspired for your secretly kept film list for sex and horror with the cinematic history of exploitation, Slasher and modern film. Oh and did we mention that objet petite a can be triggered by anything? For instance by a magazine which has the charisma of a giallo movie, fetishising the seductive possibilities of the medium paper to a maximum with its sinful type design, layout and illustrations? We are happy to be incomplete and craving for more horrifying reading material by Dreadful Press. Buy
Hot Potato #1 2018

Hot Potato #1 2018

If you wonder what fashion and news have in common, the answer is probably that by the blink of an eye they both belong to the past. And that would be about it. Unless Naoise Farrell, the founder and editor of Hot Magazine, proves us better. Drawing from her personal work experience in fashion industry she bridges the gap by enlightening current political topics through the lens of a fashion magazine. Presented in the idiomatic newspaper format Hot Potato Magazine comes - "twice a year or so" - with political issues which matter while playing with the full sized printed surface without being in the least superficial. Whether discussing the never ending story of the Brexit in a "bite sized chlorine washed chicken nuggets" way in the continuing section ‚Brexplained’, observing the devious deals behind Gun Control or asking Climatologist Dr. Gavin Smith, an expert among Climate Modellers if it would be for the best for humankind to move to the Mars regarding the current environmental state of our planet, it is both: more than a fashion magazine content-wise and more than a newspaper form-wise. This fashionable treasure looks good on everyone or - as Naoise says - „Intelligence is your best accessory.“ Buy
Mindstate Malibu - Kritik Form Eskapismus

Mindstate Malibu

Kritik ist auch nur eine Form von Eskapismus
"Kritik ist auch nur eine Form von Eskapismus." Mit der Erkenntnis, dass der Kapitalismus alles vereinnahmt, selbst Kritik verschlingt und in Form von Büros mit Tischtennisplatte, Hobby zum Beruf machen, Bioprodukten und Slowfood wieder ausspuckt um sich seine Taschen zu füllen, kommt auch die Erkenntnis, dass Kritik demnach nicht die Verhältnisse erschüttert sondern selbst zum vermarktbaren Produkt avanciert. Mindstate Malibu gibt als Antwort eine Form von Gesellschaftskritik, die sich einer klaren Haltung entzieht (da diese vermarktbar wäre) und sich irgendwo zwischen "Hyperironie", Widersprüchlichkeit und surrealen Kommentaren in Twitter-länge bewegt. Unklassifizierbare Anti-Kritik ganz im Sinne des Dadaismus zwischen Grindgoal und Performance-Kunst. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg. Buy
The earth dies streaming

The Earth dies streaming

A.S. Hamrah
When one of the last of his kind, the film critic and cinephile A.S. Hamrah ponders about the contemporary condition of his profession it’s both, touching and frightening. Hamrah surprises in The Earth dies Streaming with his sublime foresight. By describing the historical transformation of film criticism from his personal experience, readers cannot help but nod their heads over and over again. In times in which criticism is no longer directed against the mass media, but in which the masses diligently criticise - better: comment - through every available media channel, Hamrah sees the art of film criticism doomed to failure. And yet, what remains is a slightly shameful feeling of witnessing a last rebellion of a living fossil that turns its last lap of honour. Rightly so! Because what follows is a collection of film reviews he wrote for n+1 between 2002 and 2018. His astute, witty and polemical film reviews paired with a sharp tongue not only bring a tremendous reading pleasure but also shows what we will miss when the art of film criticism becomes a relic of bygone times. Buy
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