Recommended reading

by Steve Watson in March 2010
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Last week we posted the first set of recommended magazines based on Jeremy’s magCulture list, but they keep on coming so it’s time for list number two. Follow the links below, and if you’ve got a treasured magazine you think more people should know about, let us know.


SEX, LIES & VIDEOTAPE. Oh and Olivier Zahm, Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin make it very special.

It’s Nice That

Alex Bec, editor
It’s beautifully put together, and as we all know there’s nothing more interesting than having a nose around other people’s houses…

Kasino A4

Pekka Toivonen, creative director
I found this title through a good friend and a trustable collegue of mine, Swedish photographer Knotan. What I love about Jacques is the magazine’s simplicity: it is clearly about one thing and that one thing only – the beauty of a female figure. With this amazing simplicity it avoids the usual stepping stones of any “different” kind of adult mags: complexity and fashionwiseness. It doesn’t intellectualize sex. It doesn’t make looking at naked women any kind of state of art. Yet, it’s nothing like you’re used to in this particular genre.

The imagery is partly raw and partly beautiful. The women of Jacques simply look amazing, there’s no “we’re getting paid” in their faces. The overall aesthetics has a nice retro touch, reminding me of the best men’s magazine yet – Playboy in its ambitious years in the 60s and the 70s. With a clear reference to that time, the chosen style doesn’t seem like a copy or a matter of trend – I find it a statement saying: this is what we think looks good and sexy. Agreed!

Newspaper Club

Russell Davies
The New Yorker
The New Yorker’s like the BBC; if it didn’t exist we’d have no way to invent it. It sits there, a few copies in most newsagents, even in motorway service stations an unregarded miracle; cloaked like a dowdy middle-aged version of Time Out New York but packed with the most exciting, timely, thoughtful writing in the world. Long, dense and delicate articles about the arcane and the universal, the best music, movie and book reviews, the occasional funny cartoon and a complete absence of celebrity deification. What else could you want in a magazine?

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