Spain Media make up half of the new arrivals this week, with terrific editions of Man on the Moon and Tapas. The former in particular stands out again for its high production value and creative features with excellent uses of photography. While Tapas manages again to intersperse pop culture with food in innovative ways. These two magazines time and time again ingenuously surprise us. We welcome the brilliant Somesuch Stories to the roster. This is their 4th edition and they have so far produced magazines/books that are known for their subtlety and inclusivity. This issue, at 176 pages, is a tome full of intriguing and entertaining essays, and literary and poetic contributions on redemption. Finally a new Cabinet arrives and tackles a theme of ‘knowledge’ with various intelligent essays on wide-ranging topics. MagShuffle is a mix and match magazine subscription service, where you can personally curate your year of monthly deliveries from a roster of 100+ magazines.
cabinet – #65
this edition’s Cabinet is full of antidotes for curious minds, with various intelligent essays on wide-ranging topics including a rich look at the significance of symbols on shop signs by Alyssa Pelish, a fascinating look at how rectangles reign supreme in art and picture making by Amy Knight Powell, and probably the first philosophical appraisal of Trix the cereal appears in the ‘Ingestion’ column. There are also articles on ternary computing, the material history of the CIA, a history of the encyclopaedia, Francis Bacon, and linear models of time.
// from the issue: rectangle after rectangle //
tapas – #17
Woody Allen dons the cover of the fall issue of Tapas, which is a still from the famous lobster scene of Annie Hall. His eating habits are analysed for this issue (and they are typically specific, if not pedantic) as well as a list of food locations from some of his films. The images of Zeren Badar’s conceptual reimagining of classical paintings through food is something to behold, and a reprint of images from a new book on Californian pop architecture are equally entertaining. Also in the issue, there’s an analysis of food references in The Handmaid’s Tale. A description of what it’s like to eat in zero gravity. And Catalonia is given focus on two or three features throughout the issue.
man on the moon – #3
in what is another cracking edition of Man on the Moon, there are many pages dedicated to Uruguayan guerrilla fighter and politician, José Alberto Mujica; the incredible portrait photography of Dan Winters; and the ‘instruction manual’, a creative how-to section this time gives advice on how to make a magazine cover, and how to win over critics, how to make an indie movie and an interview with Kofi Annan on how to avoid wars. If you haven’t given this magazine a whirl yet, its quality will speak for itself.
somesuch stories – #4
we’re delighted to include Somesuch Stories for the first time. This is their 4th edition and they have produced magazines/books that are known for their subtlety and inclusivity. This issue, at 176 pages, is a tome full of intriguing and entertaining essays, and literary and poetic contributions on redemption. These include Joseph Keckler’s piece on the redemption of American culture which suggests shedding some of the established cultural bastions to reveal the new wave of gems that lie beneath; Daisy Johnson’s essay on novel writing and representing the female voice; and Octavia Bright visits Margate and asks moral questions, calling on T.S. Eliot for help. Many more contributions make up the issue, including those that look at yoga, cinema, sexual liberation and AI.
// from the issue: on margate sands //