capricious7_cover.jpgMagazine We Love Capricious is hard at work on their ninth issue and asked me to share with you their call for submissions. They're going one step further from their signature style of perforated pages of photos and creating a poster issue. The theme is Animals and the deadline is March 1st, 2008. Here is their statement and guidelines for sending:

The Animal issue is a tribute to the Animal world, but also an examination of how we exist with Animals today. They were our beginnings. They were the first. We owe them our bodies and the structure of our minds; prove us wrong, if you don’t agree. They are a remedy to our terrible loneliness. Where do we belong in nature now? Where do they belong? This is a research of your best friend, your fear, your dinner, or desire. You tell us your story.

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R.I.P Blueprint

02/01/08

I know I get all high-minded about magazines, so some people might wonder why the hell I like Blueprint. Blueprint does not meet all of my criteria for quality (It could have used at least ONE feature length article), but for what it was... it was quite good. The typography was truly excellent, the layouts uncluttered, the information well conveyed and digestible. It was the greatest magazine to read on the john or train, with recipe's, cocktails and crafts one might actually attempt. And I have.

Unlike it's retarded competition Domino, Blueprint had a higher level of design taste and less emphasis on consumerism, with more placed upon creativity and inventiveness. It was cute, fluffy and only $3.50! I'm totally annoyed that it's folding! Martha Stewart, who publishes the mag, says that it's demographic (25-45 year old women) prefers getting their info online, which is total baloney. On the big shelter blogs like apartmentherapy and Design* Sponge, everyone talks about Blueprint. Now what magazine can I buy at Wallgreens when I go to buy cat food! What will satisfy my lust for decor porn!? And what the hell am I going to read on the toilet?!? Oh yeah... Straight to Hell (alas, not available at Wallgreens).

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Thursday, January 31: Happy Ending, the once fun now strange and boring night club on Broome St., has been hosting several reading series in the early evenings for some time now. Tonight they've got a special event brought to us by literary forces from the windy city, including Make Magazine, featherproof books, and Danny's Reading Series. Writers/readers include Joel Craig, Matthew Zapruder, and Zach Plague. Happy Ending. 302 Broome St. 7:30. Free.

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Saturday, February 2: Artist Barbara Bloom is showing more of her collections of made, found and organized objects at Printed Matter. Her work is also on view at ICP right now. You could have a Barbara Bloom day and hit them both! Printed Matter's opening is also celebrating her new book, The Collections of Barbara Bloom just out from Steidl/International Center for Photography. Highlights of this show include one of my favorites, Playboy Vol XLI No. 1 (1994), a braille edition of Playboy—to which Bloom added a fold-out photographic insert of Marilyn Monroe reading James Joyce’s Ulysses as well as a rare edition of Weimar a box of chocolates mimicking a book, which the artist designed for the city of Weimar in 1996. Printed Matter. 195 10th Avenue, 5-7pm. Free.

Sunday, February 3: Totally awesome playwright Richard Foreman will be at Housing Works bookstore and café to talk to playwright/Law & Order guy Eric Bogosian about his new book Bad Boy Nietzsche! And Other Plays as well as to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Also on right now is Foreman's play Deep Trance Behavior in Potatoland at the St. Marks Church. Go see it, and feel free to bring me with you. Housing Works. 126 Crosby St. 7pm. Free.

Music Portraits

01/30/08

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By Rachael Cassells
Published by The Spring Press
36 pages, full color, soft cover.
Edition of 1000.
$15

Rachael Cassells uses whatever is around to illuminate her subjects—in the case of this book, people who make music. They are lit by street lights, car headlights, window light, lamps, and lonely hallway bulbs—glowing in the soft colors these ambient light sources make. The result is dark and pretty and grainy. I like seeing these people in quiet moments alone, away from stages and fans and other bandmates. Looking at some of them, I'm reminded of certain phrases from their songs. It seems like Cassells had the same idea because she includes a song quote for each portrait.

Cassells' Music Portraits is the second offering from The Spring Press, a new small publisher from Australia and friend of "magazine we love" doingbird. Cassells is a contributing editor there and I've seen her shots of many of these musicians in doingbird's pages, including Bat for Lashes, our pal Jana Hunter, and the wonderful Bill Callahan ((smog)).

This slim volume is very nice. I'm excited to see more from The Spring Press as well as Rachael Cassells. You can buy their stuff directly from their site.

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Interview was fun up until the mid-nineties, but basically after Warhol it was all downhill. So, I'm not sure how to feel about news that editor Ingrid Sischy and publisher Brant Resign have resigned. So what now? Irrelevant onto being truly crappy?

Flickr Finds: Vintage matchbooks here, here, here and here.

Check out the newish blog Small Press League, which covers small press, zines and comics.

Check out a marvelous historical resource, the Zinewiki.

HamburgerCVR.jpgSF art blog Fecal Face scanned some pages of Hamburger Eyes: Inside Burgerworld, the new Hamburger Eyes book that's coming out on Powerhouse Books. For the uninitiated, Hamburger Eyes, on our list of "Magazines We Love," is a black and white photography zine from San Francisco. Each issue is packed (no white spaces here) full of street photography from names you know and names you don't. I'm totally excited about this book and can't wait to get my own copy. So until the PF review goes up, enjoy a sneak peek from Fecal Face.

The Ninth Floor, photographer Jessica Dimmock's first book, is out now from Italian publisher Contrasto Books. Dimmock spent three years documenting the lives of a group of young drug addicts squatting a midtown apartment and the result is a beautiful volume of intense, disturbing and sometimes gorgeous images with lots of gatefolds. My favorite parts involve the organization of items/garbage around the apartment and the way little bits of daylight sneak through the heavy curtains and shakily illuminate her subjects. Media Storm has a multimedia feature on the project and there are many more images to see on Dimmock's own site.

Photography in Print is a blog dedicated to photo books. Much to my dismay, they haven't updated since November. There's still quite a few reviews to go through and after looking at the site, my list of must have books has grown longer. Dear Photography in Print, post more! Your friends, PF.

Wooooo #5

01/23/08

wooooo_5sml.jpgWooooo Magazine #5
4.25" x 7", 143 pages, perfect bound
Black and white inside, 2 color cover
$10

I have just entered a phase of obsessive interview-reading. I'm planning some upcoming interview for Print Fetish and figured I'd get into the spirit of things. Most magazines have terrible interviews. They're boring. Everyone asks the same questions and talks to the same people. I start reading then just sort of glaze over. I miss good interview mags like Index. But lucky for us, their whole archive is online. Also lucky for us, Jason Crombie put out another issue of Wooooo, his hilariously awesome little interview mag. I picked up previous issues for free around town but hadn't seen it in a while until I found the current issue for sale at St. Marks Books. Issue #5 has interviews with artist Aurel Schmidt, Butt editor Jop Van Bennekom, artist and Olsen twin dater (hee) Nate Lowman, Parker Posey, David Byrne, skater Ray Barbee, gallerist Michelle Maccarone, and a bunch more. To get a sampling of the hilarity, read the David Byrne interview conducted while running alongside Byrne who was riding his bike down Houston St. Byrne liked it so much, he put it up on his own site.

Buy Wooooo #5 and back issues and t-shirts from their site. Or look for the mag at cool shops around New York.

roundupjanuary.jpgWith this issue The Believer has made it to #50. Yay! For this momentous occasion, longtime Believer cover drawer and great comic book artist Charles Burns has drawn his own self portrait on the cover. He's also interviewed inside. The Believer never disappoints—this is a good issue, you guys. Look inside for: Print Fetish favorite Martha Plimpton as the guest advice columnist, German art historian/insane person Aby Warburg, a very long lament for a lost notebook by Eileen Myles, Marilyn Monroe's walk, Niagara Falls, Lydia Davis talking about Samuel Beckett among other things, folk singer Linda Thompson, baffling ancient mathematics and The Archimedes Palimpsest, and more.

Kick-ass Finnish magazine Kasino A4's Autumn/Winter 2007-8 issue tackles the complex theme of Human Nature. Kasino is getting thicker and adding colors. I like it. It's still looking good. There's a lot going on in this issue. Greenpeace missions, the former editor of Russian Playboy, compulsive lying, climate changes, fake nature, Kim Jones, vomit stories, interpretations of a landscape photograph, photographs of the neighbors' trash, snapshots of emerging artists, and fantastic letter illustrations by Japanese/American art team Overture.

Adbusters kicks off 2008 with a look at this year's big issues: journalism's shift from watchdog to lapdog of power, big business getting on board with the environmental movement, Canada's move from world peacekeeper to partner in the war on terrorism, Wall Street and the mortgage disaster, and more. Get this issue and start your 2008 well informed.

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Simultaneous launches for DOT DOT DOT #15 and F.R. DAVID #2 in London and New York with lectures transmitted to both locations from the other. The two magazines will be sold together for $25 in NY and £12.50. God, the value of the dollar sucks.

New York, 7pm
Dexter Sinister
38 Ludlow Street (Basement South)
New York, New York 10002

London, 7pm
CUBITT
Gallery and Studios
8 Angel Mews
London N1 9HH



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