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Because all good things come in threes, we have one more dazzling event for November to announce: the ladies of the Berlin based magazine Almost 30 will swing by to read a bit from their Value issue. Frankly, your biological age doesn’t have to be 30 to join us. Since nobody really knows what it actually means to be a grown-up, we think it’s best to listen to what it feels like – from day to day – with all its challenges, doubts and beauty. And in case, you’re wondering what the new decade will bring – no worries, the magical Lori Haberkorn (Empowerment & Moon Coach) will read the tarot cards for you. When? 7pm, Thursday, 28th of November! Where? Right here in our little shop! What to bring? Frankly, just yourself – and maybe some friends!

“Your 20’s were mellow times with vague ideas for later when you’re older, and nothing seemed to worry you. Till the day the big 30 appeared at the horizon and scared the crap out of you.”⁠ When you are almost thirty, you start wondering. Shouldn’t I feel more grown up? Because once I hit thirty I must be grown up, right? Thirty sounds like having a career, inviting friends for dinner rather than going clubbing, planing children, knowing how to do taxes… But then you are almost thirty and you still feel far away from all of this. ⁠ Almost 30 is a mindset magazine that combines German and English texts about togetherness, dating, loneliness, and personal development – all the topics that really matter when you are almost thirty, because let’s face it nobody really knows what that actually means – grown-up. So let’s stop worrying about it.⁠ Buy

The second issue of Almost 30 Magazine – The Value Issue – hosts stories, poems, photographs and illustrations of contributors from around the world. We asked them: [expand title="more"]What are your values? What are you standing up for? Is there value without comparison? Each text is written in either English or German, without translation.[/expand] read Review

Few fashion designers have so successfully created a world as fiercely idiosyncratic as Rick Owens’. Serving up dark, riotous glamour and challenging orthodoxy are his line of business – and he’s been doing it majestically for almost 30 years. Today, OWENSCORP, the incongruously corporate-sounding business he and his longtime partner Michèle Lamy have built, generates annual revenue in the hundreds of millions. Along the way, he’s attracted the kind of devoted (read: obsessive) global following more commonly reserved for scaled-up cultish pop stars. To his fans, Owens’s domestic arrangements, cultural tastes, and lifestyle choices (psychedelics, enthusiastic clubbing, committed body transformation) offer a kind of portal into an all-encompassing world. Buying his clothes, it seems, is the entry-level ticket to exploring it. Now aged 60, Rick Owens shows no signs of slowing down. Au contraire. His recent shows and collections – both during and since the pandemic – have arguably been his most masterful, most emotionally charged, and, at times, most conventionally (and deliberately) beautiful. With all this swirling in our minds, System was keen to have a closer look inside the Rick Owens story, and take stock of the sometimes turbulent rise, enduring aesthetic, and endearing honesty that are part of his otherwise guru-like presence. Who better than confessional conversationalist Tim Blanks to spend the day in Paris in Rick’s intoxicating company? They discussed life and death, friendships and family, kinks and conquests, mothers and muses.

Appearing as part of the Student Selection of the Best Dutch Book Designs 2020, this small but intriguing book gathers a selection of quotes from conversations with the authors, artists, and designers whose books have been recognised for their superiority in form, aesthetic, and production. Out of almost 300 titles, the five members of the student jury selected 30 books as “best”. It was an eye-opening learning experience. [expand title="more"] Besides the jury report, which details each awarded publication, the snippets of conversation included in this book offer rare insight into the personalities, opinions, and decisions of the creators, producers, and designers responsible for the selected books. [/expand]

For almost 30 years Claude Cormier et Associés has designed landscapes daring in scope while earnest in execution, courting controversy while inviting public accord.

Produced under the leadership of Claude Cormier, the range of these projects has spanned the creation of parks and squares, the renovation of historical landscapes, and the conversion of industrial sites. While always serious in the address of function, their designs often display a touch of humour in both method and form in all, these are works marked by serious fun. It is a practice unique in Canada, arguably in the world. That people use, and may even love, these urban landscapes testifies to the pleasure afforded by their designs and the humanistic dimensions of the practice. This, the first book exclusively dedicated to the landscapes of Claude Cormier and his team, provides a broad overview of their ideas and methods with insightful discussions of selected projects and the thinking behind them.

With 22 countries sharing almost 30,000 miles of coastline, there is no one place or person that can exemplify Mediterranean living. Instead, the latest issue of Kinfolk beats an unconventional path [expand title="more"]— from Tunis to Tuscany, Morocco to Mallorca—to meet the artists, cooks and cowboys at the heart of their local communities. [/expand]

This book captures the raw moment of inception behind a designer’s collection. Assemblage 6 started off with almost 300 maquettes: [expand title="more"]chairs, lamps, stools, or daybeds made of wire, cardboard, tape, and canvas, or the everyday materials to be found in Faye Toogood’s studio. But having lined up these rather crude, almost childlike maquettes, the collection, in essence, was decided. Seventeen were chosen to be scaled up to life-size works, and here we have an immersive journey through all the original maquettes and their occasional passage into the real world of furniture/sculpture, a book that plays with the sense of dissimulation evident in the final artworks, or the fact that some objects are not always what they seem at first glance. The Man Booker–nominated author Sophie Mackintosh opens with this idea in her short story, while the book closes on an essay by the independent writer and curator Glenn Adamson, who ultimately provides context for the collection and process as a whole.[/expand]

Here at do you read me?!, we are blessed with all sorts of interesting customers. Tourists from all over the world in search of unusual publications (and lots of tote bags); awkward couples on obvious first dates searching our shelves for books as well as a basic thread of conversation; the occasional gigantic dog roaming in with its owner and promptly sprawling over a sizable section of our little shop. But in the end, nothing tops the simple pleasure of seeing a customer derive visible, almost tactile joy, when they finally hold the latest issue of their favourite magazine in their hands. This month’s installment of our Surprise Subscription is a prime example of this particular phenomenon. We are excited to share with you… Real Review!   More