“Trump was like a bomb going off”

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by Steve Watson in September 2018
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Good Trouble is the great big newsprint magazine we delivered to Stack subscribers last month, published out of New York and providing a meeting place for arts, culture, protest and activism.

Lots of the people featured in its pages speak about the moment when they had to do something – the breaking point that meant they simply had to take action. For editor Rod Stanley that moment came in November 2016 with the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA. The ex-editor of Dazed & Confused took to Medium the next day to publish the first piece expressing his confusion and dismay, and over the coming weeks a series of Medium posts morphed into a dedicated website, before designer Richard Turley got involved and suggested that together they publish a print magazine.

Rod stopped in at the Stack office while he was in London earlier this summer, and you can hear our conversation in the podcast episode above. As well as his reasons for starting Good Trouble in the first place, he speaks about the design of the magazine (“It treads the line between technical detail and chaos”) and the virtues of publishing as an independent (“I don’t think you get that direct connection from mass media”).

We’re huge fans of Good Trouble and I’m really pleased we managed to send this one out to our subscribers. If you’re not already a Stack subscriber, sign up from just £7 / €15 / $15 per month and we’ll start dropping our print surprises through your door – it’s the easiest way to stay up to date with the best independent publishing, wherever you are.



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