a brief look at what’s new in magazines this past week, including a fascinating debut exploring South Asian culture, our first look at travel and extreme adventure mag, Sidetracked and the return of The Gentlewoman. all the mags below are now available to MagShuffle subscribers. MagShuffle is our new mix and match magazine subscription service, where you can personally curate your year of monthly deliveries from a roster of 140+ magazines.
the idler – #59
issue 59 of The Idler is a strong one. in particular there’s an excellent essay on the devout Yogis who fast for days on end during the festival of Navratra, and a super interview with Father Ted, IT Crowd and Black Books writer Graham Linehan who speaks about what makes a successful sitcom, social media and Catholicism. elsewhere there are art and book reviews, plenty of short features on the slow life, clamping, snooker, growing vegetables, low cost car shopping and much else.
clove – #1
the debut edition of South Asian magazine, Clove excels in its range of voices and topics, including features with photographer Juergen Teller about his photographic trips to India and a conversation with Bibi Russell, a Bangladeshi model who speaks about emerging in this industry in the 1970s. there’s some great photography including that of Bharat Sikka who photographed the region of Kashmir after being inspired by the novel, The Collaborator, written by Mirza Waheed. the issue gives voice to this region with a brilliant collection of fascinating and tightly edited work. it’s currently our magazine of the month.
the gentlewoman – #17
The Gentlewoman returns with its spring/summer edition. this one features some excellent interviews and features on leading and inspiring women, including actress, Allison Janney, new-media mogul Tavi Gevinson, crime novelist Val McDermid, the artist Anthea Hamilton, legendary designer Katharine Hamnett, eminent Iranian filmmaker Shirin Neshat and Kim Deal from band The Breeders. elsewhere there’s a super oral history of iconic 1980s TV show Cagney & Lacey and a compilation of people exploring their first jobs, as well some excellent fashion shoots.
sidetracked – #11
volume 11 of Sidetracked is the first of its edition to be available to MagShuffle subscribers and it’s glorious. the photography throughout the magazine is of the highest quality, in particular the articles on the woman who trekked the Bicentennial National Trail in Australia with wild horses is a standout, as is the couple who extreme kayak and snowkite their way through Greenland’s glaciers. elsewhere in the issue, there’s a visit to a Finnish couple who train huskies in the Arctic and some superb water photography from photographer Ray Collins.