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Conversations with independent publishers, telling the stories behind the stories in some of our favourite magazines.

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Conversations with independent publishers, telling the stories behind the stories in some of our favourite magazines.

    The Modernist is making the world a better place

    The Modernist is making the world a better place

    "If you were running a successful magazine, why would you write about tripe or bins?" Eddy Rhead is one of the editors of The Modernist, the magazine we delivered to our subscribers last month, April 2020. Featuring a bin on the cover and including stories on bus shelters, concrete and the vagaries of 1950s planning permission, it makes for a decidedly strange read. But it's also beautiful and enlightening and unexpectedly idealistic: "There's a paucity of ambition in today's society," Eddy says. "There isn't that ambition to make the world a better place – modernism didn't always get it right, but that's what they were aiming for."

    • 34 Min.
    Exploring the erotic with Extra Extra magazine

    Exploring the erotic with Extra Extra magazine

    "At the moment it's more difficult to be daring..." Samira Ben Laloua is founder and publisher of Extra Extra, the erotic arts magazine that presents what it calls the “mundane and sensual city life”. The contemporary urban experience is right at the heart of this magazine, and coronavirus means that experience is more disrupted now than most people can remember, so I was interested to hear what they’re doing to adapt and cope with the restrictions.

    • 22 Min.
    Reporting on Europe in crisis

    Reporting on Europe in crisis

    "Journalism is in crisis and Europe is in crisis..." Kyrill Hartog is editor-in-chief of Are We Europe, the print magazine and digital platform that was launched in 2017 out of the chaos surrounding Brexit. It exists to tell stories about Europe in a non-divisive and constructive way, and since it’s a magazine that was born out of crisis, I wanted to speak with Kyrill to find out what they’re doing in the face of coronavirus, a new type of crisis that is affecting independent magazine makers around the world in totally new ways.

    • 28 Min.
    Analogue freedom in Sofa magazine

    Analogue freedom in Sofa magazine

    "You can have way more fun in print..." Ricarda Messner is one of the editors of Sofa, the Berlin-based magazine that dedicates itself to exploring themes like teenagers, cyber love, masculinity, and most recently play. We delivered their play issue to Stack subscribers this month, March 2020, and Ricarda dropped in at the Stack office a few weeks ago to speak about making "a print magazine that feels like the good old days of the internet."

    • 25 Min.
    Experimental literature that's actually good

    Experimental literature that's actually good

    "Somehow all our eclectic tastes combine and we get this glorious mess..." Dzenana Vucic is one of the volunteer editors behind The Lifted Brow, the literary magazine that styles itself as “a quarterly attack journal from Australia and the world”. Providing a platform for underrepresented voices, they do a great job of tapping talent that might otherwise be overlooked, uncovering experimental forms of literature and producing brilliantly exciting work. In this conversation she speaks about how the team make that happen, the pressures they face as a group of volunteers working without pay, and the many ways in which the Brow is growing beyond the magazine itself.

    • 22 Min.
    Soft Punk is "prying sense from our strange present"

    Soft Punk is "prying sense from our strange present"

    "We may not make it, but if we don't we'll go up in flames..." Jacob Barnes is editor-in-chief of Soft Punk, a new literary and arts magazine that’s working hard to tell stories you won’t come across elsewhere. Jacob and most of the team are navigating the move from university into work, and it seems like almost by accident they’ve found themselves creating this magazine as a way of showcasing the sort of stories they love. But there’s also something more deliberate and ambitious going on; they’re also committing themselves to a demanding quarterly publishing schedule, and engaging with the sort of serious work that can make a lasting impression on readers – at least it did for me.

    • 26 Min.

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