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Print's not dead, it's just living (and thriving) in every imaginable niche. Take a look at some recent recommendations from our Publishing category and you'll see — there's truly a little of something for everyone. High-end political satire tire in comic form? Check. Simple, but thoughtful, photography 'zines? Check. Feminism? Hyper-local art economies? Tongue-in-cheek memoirs? Educational manuals? Check, check, check, double-check. Below, a quick perusal of some staff favorites.
Political rhetoric. The Baffler has been publishing long-form journalism for the last 24 years. In that time, they’ve both delighted and rankled the populace on the topic of Big Business, with their high-toned satire setting a new precedent for left-wing political journalism in the nineties. Their latest issue features work from the acclaimed and opinionated likes of Barbara Ehrenreich, Thomas Frank, and David Graeber, and we are more than sort of curious to see what will come next. Backers better hurry, though — only a few days left on this one!
Art major. Volume is a self-published, biannual 'zine that collects work from up-and-coming artists the world over. Their first issue features 26 different artists spanning 10 different countries, and is distributed as far and wide as Reykjavík and Nagoya City. No wonder, though! Their project video reveals a simple, beautifully executed aesthetic and a knack for thoughtful curation. Their Kickstarter project will not only help them publish their second issue, but it's an open call for contributions. Super neat!
Think local. Outpost is an annual, non-profit print publication covering art, design, and community initiatives from underrepresented cities with thriving, local scenes. Last year, their inaugural issue explored every nook-and-cranny of Pittsburg, winning them a ton of critical acclaim and being picked up for distribution in high-end fashion stores like Opening Ceremony, so we're eager to see what's in store for issue two. Based in Baltimore, it will explore the city's unique, creative economy via urban redesign initiatives, artist's homes, the work of non-profit groups, and more. And although the focus is hyper-local, we believe the appeal is unquestionably universal.
Grrrl Power. The makers behind Darling describe themselves as the magazine that Audrey Hepburn would make. Their mission is concise: to redefine femininity by challenging unrealistic ideals and providing a deeper level of wisdom, insight, and advice into the experience of being a modern women. That's a tall order! But the fledgling outlet has already racked up an impressive visitor base and received tons of enthusiastic feedback from their readers. (You can read the testimonials on their project page!) Now they want to bring their message to the hands of empowered ladies everywhere, with their first print addition.
"Geek-flavored." Joseph Scrimshaw is self-publishing a collection of essays, true stories, and parodies on every major topic in geek culture, from My Little (Vampire) Pony to Star Wars to "How to Emotionally Prepare Yourself For the Zombie Apocalypse." These are all things that we need to know! Or, at least, want to read about while we laugh heartily to ourselves (and probably annoy the person sitting next to us on the subway). If his high-octane, clip-art filled project video is any indication, this book is going to be a beloved, well-thumbed keeper.
Working stiff. Day Job is a biannual magazine about our global, modern work culture. It's about all the different ways that people earn their livings — the array of careers pictured are incredibly diverse — and "the search for some utility and meaning in the way we spend our day." Their first issue is focused on process, but by sharing how we do what we do, they're really showing us why we do what we do.
Ye Olde English. Ryan Shattuck is "an author you’ve never heard of but who probably exists" that spent, ahem, "57 years visiting every corner of the globe, collecting some of the most important fables in human history." And in case that synopsis doesn't properly convey the nature of this literary endeavor, we'll sum it up a bit more concisely: this is a book about modern myths and somewhat made up fables, and it is going to be funny. Sample titles include "The Dust Mite Who Regretted Getting a Tattoo" and "The Squid Who Finally Let His Libido Get the Best of Him."
For more, be sure to check out our Staff Picks page. There's still so much to explore!
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