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03/02/07

I am here. In Paris. I'm too tired to type. But I made it. And have already been taking photos for you. I'll be back to posting regular on Monday.

Compulsive

03/01/07

flip7.jpg Ms. Keough is on her way to Paris to be in an art show... but she didn't bother to convey to me or anyone else anything about the show 'til just now before she boards the plane. The girl's got issues... and I'm not talking about the stack of I-D's in the bathroom. In any event, Ms. Keough's photography will be in the show "Compulsive" at the Jalou Gallery in Paris. There is an opening party on Saturday, March 3rd. I'm not sure what time, 'cuz no one bothered to tell me. Hopefully we'll see pics of the trip soon.

Paris...GRRRR

03/01/07

How truly irritating that Ms. Keough is going to Paris today! How dare she. She was meant to post this morning, but got frazzled. I too am way too busy today to do more than this quick note. We'll be back on track tomorrow. Paris!

A few weeks ago I posted this cool mag rack available only in the UK. Recently on a decorating show, Freestyle Design, they used an Ikea wine rack in a similar manner. Unfortunately they don't have it at Ikea anymore, but there are still a few cheap on ebay.

It occurs to me that there are many wine racks that could work as magazine racks - like this cheap elephant wine rack available on amazon.com. Get inventive.

Omg so, I just woke up and I have to do laundry, organize my life, make a quick website, pack my suitcase/camera bag, go to yoga, and have dinner with my mom. Ack! I'm going to Paris tomorrow for an art show and as usual I waited until the last minute to do everything. While laundering I'll drop by Spoonbill & Sugartown and get something to read on the plane. I'm behind on my New Yorkers and Harper's so I'll bring a couple of those I guess.

Anyway, dear readers, if you live in Paris or have been there, give me some tips. What magazines and books should I buy? Where should I go?

P.S. I got a converter thing for my laptop plug so I'll be posting from there.

flip7.jpg There are two free, American cultural zeitgeist magazines that have been around for the last few years. One represented tacky rudeness mistaken for irony, while the other actually strived to be positive, represent the unsung and spread useful information. One has ushered in the marketing category of "hipster," where middle class suburban refugees holding cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon can buy into "alternative" culture while still being sexist, racist, homophobic and greedy as fuck. The other free magazine, Arthur, made you believe that there was still hope for our generation. Unapologetically anti-war, nerdy and a bit hippy, Arthur never confused it's mission with simply existing to sell ad space.

I feel saddened and defeated with the recent news that Arthur, the BEST national free magazine, has folded. I felt that Arthur was on a trajectory to being better and more popular than ever, but the founders, editor Jay Babcock and publisher Laris Kreslins, have had a falling out about the future of the magazine. Kreslins has removed Babcock's final message about the folding, asserting that the magazine is simply on hiatus - but without Babcock, Arthur is indeed dead.

What Others Are Saying:
Arthur Mag Calls It Quits - Village voice
Future of Arthur Magazine looks bleak - LA Times
Disinfo on Arthur's Demise
silver in sf


For another list of online only magazines, check out scrnmgs.com. This photo mag AK47.tv caught my eye. They seem to publish here and there, the last issue being jan/feb 06, but there's a fair amount of content to browse through. Check it out.

Best Ever?

02/26/07

magazines.jpgGood Magazine has a story up called The 51 Best Magazines Ever. Smartest, Prettiest, Coolest, Funniest, Most Influential, Most Necessary, Most Important, Most Essential, etc. The following is our chat about it.

Mr. Mcginnis: A "top" list of any kind is surely an indicator that a magazine is no good.

Ms. Keough: Heh. I agree. I hate that stuff. They're meaningless. "top 10 albums of the year" "100 hottest women." Ugh.

Mr. Mcginnis: When you read this list, you get the impression someone is trying to get work.

Ms. Keough: Isn't the list by Graydon Carter? I think he has a job.

Mr. Mcginnis: No, he wrote the introduction. Ms. Keough, don't you read? Anyway - The sidebar insinuates that this is a list compiled through a poll of professionals in the industry. You don't pick magazines like Loaded, People or Lucky as "The Greatest" unless you're retarded or want to schmooze up to a publisher or editor or something. I mean REALLY.

Ms. Keough: Dude. Lucky? Really!?

Mr. Mcginnis: Number 44.

Ms. Keough: I mean it's not like i don't think Mad or Colors or many of the others are great.

Mr. Mcginnis: Well, I do like some of these. But I would say only 13 on their list are (or WERE) any good at all. Esquire, Details, Life, MAD, Interview, The Face, The Paris Review, Ray Gun (iffy), Rolling Stone, Sassy, Colors (also iffy).

Ms. Keough: Not Playboy? The ones I don't really know much about are: Spy, Collier's Weekly, Ramparts, Brill's Content, The Little Review, and Domus.

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Open-Book Store

02/26/07

Yesterday we went to The Armory Show and it was seriously overwhelming. I figured the massive pier full of art would be easier to handle if we travelled in a pack and with beer. It helped. I'm not going to get into what I thought were the highlights and lowlights of the show, because honestly I have no idea where to begin. As we were leaving a friend asked me what I liked the most and all I could say was, "Hey wasn't it nice to run into Franklin at Peres Projects. What a cute hat he was wearing!" So instead I'll show you photos of the Open-Book store, the Armory's temporary art book store designed by the Acconci Studio and produced by Deitch Projects and D.A.P. The store was made from big swooping sheets of plastic anchored by wires that shocked you when you touched them. Ow! According to the Steidl site, "The Acconci Studio design takes as its starting point a horizontal plane which has been suspended, cut and folded." Steidl Books was there showing some of their big special editions including Ed Ruscha's enormous and beautiful THEN & NOW.

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wendyyao.jpgNorth Drive Press produces mobile group exhibitions. Artists make multiples of work and NDP collects them and distributes them in a box or a vinyl sleeve. I spoke with editors Matt Keegan and Sara Greenberger Rafferty about their lovely editions...

I ask this first, even though it's a bit obvious. What is your mission?

North Drive Press first came about and continues to exist in order to create an archived space for emerging artists via interviews and texts, as well as through the production support of art editions. The majority of our contributors are not at the point where they are producing texts or multiples for well-known publications and publishers. We want to provide a space of distribution via NDP's annual issues and our website. The project is seen as a forum, archive, and project for artists and by artists.

I always want to know what past ideas/projects/plans bring people to what they're doing now and the process they went through to get there. What were you working on before that brought you to this project?

We are both lovers of ephemera. Matt started the project originally to produce something like a mobile/collectible group exhibition and to foster professional and social relationships between artists. When Sara was asked to join as co-editor, it was because they both had an affinity for artist books, democratic distribution, and loosely organized presentations of materials by artists. We are both artists and our individual practices inform our collaborations and vice versa.

Continue Reading PF INTERVIEW: North Drive Press



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