the new edition of Smith Journal features a cover story following mammoth-tusk hunters in the Russian arctic – fellows who once hunted reindeers have now turned to these prehistoric tusks to turn a profit. Elsewhere in the issue there’s a Japanese scientist obsessed with jellyfish and immortality; an Australian couple reviving Iranian arts; a Mexican forensic cleaner; and the Quentin Tarantino of Uganda’s slums.
// from the issue: the two friends on a mission to revive iranian arts //
Following on from their excellent last issue, Smith Journal’s latest includes a typically varied collection of curiosities, including a photo essay on Hong Kong’s tiny fish good luck charms; Barbie’s Ken and a look at his various guises and hazy purpose; plus a fascinating look at the fake villages built to impress Empress Catherine II by her former lover Grigory Potemkin during her journey to Crimea in the 18th century. Elsewhere: leadership lessons from environmental explorer and adventurer, Tim Jarvis; a retired FBI agent who spends his time tracking down ‘lost’ apples; and a visit to North Korea to see a new generation of makers.
// from the issue: photographing the world’s fake cities //
volume 25 of Smith Journal is an eclectic combination of curiosities with some smart essays on various topics including the amazing story of 1930s French car racing driver, Hellé Nice; two great music-related essays look at 1980s hair metal and musicians hailing from a Malian refugee camp; there’s a super look at the practice of forensic architecture in the war-torn Middle East; and a linguist-turned-enemy of the state to Georgia. lots of top quality essays and ideas in this edition. well worth a look.
// mags of the month: february //