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Who's spreading the word?

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Who's spreading the word?

The bar is very low when it comes to magazine marketing. There are a number of promotional agencies around, but I’m not sure what they do. No third party ever contacts us here at Magalleria to tell us about a new magazine, or hardly ever. Not like book marketing, where a staggering number of daily media stories can be traced to a blitz of publisher press releases pumped out to under-resourced newsrooms and agencies who eagerly snaffle and re-pedal them to you and me. Magazine makers themselves and their distributors regularly inform us about forthcoming titles which is necessary and...

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Bumble

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Bumble

Bumble came to us hand delivered in a soft swathe of white tissue paper, the shimmering green of the carapace of a Rose Chafer just glimmering through. This is what a magazine is meant to do: entice at first glance. Soft to the touch, Bumble is completely recycled and printed with vegetable-based inks. A biannual magazine, it celebrates British wildlife and nature. It’s a proactive guide of our natural world, showcasing the makers and doers in our country. The land is not yet barren. In fact, it’s brimming with life, and Bumble makes a strident case for it. As Megan...

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Art and Brexit: SLEEK #59

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Art and Brexit: SLEEK #59

I heard that the autumn 2018 issue of SLEEK was doing Brexit. I’m a big fan of this Berlin-based arts magazine and, like any sane person, I'm anxious about where we’re headed with Brexit, so I wondered how this would mesh.   As it happens the examination is fairly low-key, more meditative than panicked. Issue #59 (the number always boldly incorporated in the masthead) is themed EUROPE: A Bordered State. The magazine has commissioned Martin Parr to photograph the director of London's Serpentine Gallery, Hans Ulrich Obrist, at the gallery. I like both men, although they do seem to have...

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Elementum

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Elementum

Sometimes the world can seem a dark and foreign place, where the news spews doom and gloom at every turn and nothing can be done. It’s very easy to get stuck within the humdrum of life, believing that it has never been any different. Elementum inspires you to look upwards at the clouds and the birds, to truly see the trees and wildlife around you, and the people who dedicate their lives to it. Just as we continually seem to separate mind and body, we separate ourselves from the world we inhabit. Elementum is not only a journal of nature...

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Journal de Thé

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Johanna Tagada introduces her new journal with a story of a chance encounter, and it is stories which continue to convey the graceful world of tea as the pages slip by. Whilst coffee lovers have the likes of DRIFT, Standart and Brygg, it is only right that a tea lover should have Journal du Thé. And there’s a big difference which seems to rely mostly on a state of mind. Drenched in symbolism, tea has gentler, more mindful connotations than the frantic freneticism of coffee. It even has a certain posture. Tea ceremonies are revered and can be boiled down into the...

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