october’s must read mag features

In this month’s edition we have tales of young love, climate change bad guys and the Swedish town transplanting itself a couple of miles down the road. The magazines mentioned here have been published within the past few weeks, and each have been read and carefully chosen to bring you a list of stand out features from those issues.

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essay

does robert redford go to the supermarket? probably, but i can’t imagine it
christina newland, little white lies, issue 71

little white lies, #71. © little white lies

For those who don’t know Little White Lies‘ drill, it’s a film magazine that for each issue takes one film as its subject and designs an issue around it. This issue takes Call Me by Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino who follows up two critically-regarded feature films in I Am Love and A Bigger Splash. Each of these films have engaged with erotically and emotionally-charged romance, which Little White Lies riff on to good effect. In particular with ’12 Tales of First Love’, a superb collection of stories from LWL contributors on formative movie love.

Such as Mark Asch’s first date with a girl during The Big Lebowski, trying not to let an on-screen topless girl bouncing up and down on a trampoline faze him. Or Christina Newland’s love letter to Robert Redford, “too much the golden boy to be real”. It’s a brilliantly personal collection of stories that captures the essence of Guadagnino’s latest film and motif of young love with poise and amusement.

illustration

For issue 26 of Jacobin magazine, they take ‘earth, wind and fire’ as their theme in an ambitious look at human involvement, human procrastination and ignorance in governments’ responses to climate change.

As always, the magazine is exquisitely illustrated, including Kiki Ljung’s cover art that synthesises our reliance upon natural resources for the energy that powers our cities and how quickly that energy can run a city to ruin. But the pick of this edition has to be Marco Miccichè’s infographics of the cap-and-trade schemes that show fat-cat companies gobbling up emission credit from around the globe. AncelorMittal have 97.2m credits in a strategy that allows countries to sell their emissions to the highest bidder, to what is commonly known as ‘carbon trading’. Jacobin write:

it does alarmingly little to force a sharp break from fossil fuel dependence. in fact, it actually establishes barriers to the comprehensive zero-carbon transition we need by giving big emitters an easy way out.

© marco miccichè, jacobin, summer 2017

interview

if you start going down the rabbit hole of ‘this is my moment’ then it’s going to be a car crash
jamie hawkesworth, fantastic man, issue 26

In the latest edition of Fantastic Man, a magazine that goes from strength to strength, Emily King sharply writes up an interview with one of the hottest young photographic talent, Jamie Hawkesworth. A story told with flair and context, Jamie’s unique voice and perspective punctuates a captivating narrative of a humble young man doing what he loves. The discussion of his history studying forensic biology is an interesting element to this interview and helps understand  the objective documentation that is a signature of his photography. As the interview makes clear, it was forensic biology that made him realise that “photography could be something that wasn’t just in your family album.”

This interview reveals Jamie’s knowledge of photographic history and technical prowess. And the previously unpublished photography that follows, an intimate collection called ‘Shy’, is taken from a time travelling north through England into Scotland when he perfected the art of talking to strangers.

photography

© klaus thymann, disegno, #16

I’ve read many an article about Kiruna, the Swedish town that’s falling into the mine that gave it life. If you haven’t yet, it’s taking the very unusual step of moving the entire town to avoid that fate, and so all the redevelopment changes we see in towns and cities elsewhere are being amplified and sped up to a furious pace.

In Disegno‘s #16, it’s the first time I’ve seen this unprecedented act explored more for its practicality than its concept. Klaus Thymann’s photoessay digs deeper and makes me want to be a fly on the wall when the mining company first came to the town planners with the plainly mad suggestion. For all the press about the conceptual aspects of the idea, these set of photos give a reality that is very similar to what redevelopments look like worldwide, that the market for new property is greater than the buyout for the old, and so we see ex-social housing in various stages between occupancy and abandonment as owners bit-by-bit give in to the mining company’s offers.

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