Things this week is full of revelations. Turns out plants can be cool, finger noses are hilarious and three cities are better than one – also the Queen (of Twitter) has a far superior way with words than our actual monarch (despite being a royal booze-hound). Who knew?
Ostensibly the Plant Journal does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a journal about plants. But within its pages is a wealth of useful and surprisingly interesting information coupled with photography that oozes with saturated colour. In this inaugural issue highlights include a spotlight on the staghorn fern, a series of visually stunning recipes with herbs, and a charming little article entitled ’Aren’t weeds bad!‘. It’s a botanist’s dream.
A Tale of Three Cities
A Tale of Three Cities is an arts journal that aims to link the “golden triangle” of Europe’s capital cities, London, Paris and Berlin. With a focus on solid materials – paper, canvas, celluloid, clay – over digital platforms A Tale of Three Cities exists only in printed form and features work from creatives living and practicing in these cultural capitals. With contributions from Zadie Smith and Sarah Illenberger it seems its creators have already made great strides towards engaging content, and the design is beautiful too. Add to that some lovely riso printing from Ditto and you’ve got a journal you’ll be proud to have on your shelf.
Fortune Bookie #2 Antonio Ladrillo & Michael Swaney
Antonio Ladillo is a happiness wizard. Everything he touches makes us smile. Fortune Bookie #2 invites you to use your finger to provide noses to otherwise snout-free faces. If you don’t like it, there’s something wrong with you.
Gin O’Clock The Queen (of Twitter)
The Queen (of Twitter) is our monarch’s online alter-ego. She’s funnier, meaner, and drunker (maybe) than the real one and her daily ramblings are razor-sharp. Gin O’Clock , her new book, features extracts from her personal diaries interspersed with shopping lists and her tweets for the day. Sample quotes include “The Middletons are here. They’ve brought an ASDA ‘bumper value box of meat’. Awkward. Very awkward,” and: “Of course, the British have been testing weapons in France for hundreds of years”. Now that’s a Queen we can get behind.
Issue #117 of Granta is typically magnificent. With such a regular offering of top-quality writing we’ve all come to accept that it’s a magazine that will never disappoint. This edition however, surpasses all our previous expectations with contributions from Paul Auster, Don DeLillo and a cover designed by the Chapman brothers. However the stand-out piece comes from Will Self in the form of a biographical tale of his struggle with a rare blood disease, in particular his phobia of needles. It’s without doubt one of the most gripping pieces of text we’ve ever read – though it’s likely to make you dread your next blood test.