Falsely labelled a relic of the bygone print era, now either sequestered to the realm of literary esoterica or relegated to the racks of grocery store checkouts, the print magazine has assuredly survived the 21st century’s digital revolution to carve out a sizeable space for itself within the new media era. Not quite as official as a hardback book, nor as informal as a zine, the postdigital periodical occupies a liminal sweet spot conducive to the most compelling and multifaceted meditations on myriad cultural phenomena, and excels when forgoing pop culture interests to deep-dive into the ever-evolving ins-and-outs of a singular niche. Topics are infinite and run the gamut from Japanese architecture and contemporary art to dandy fashion and interior design. As souvenir, the magazine encompasses the energies of collector’s item, object d’art, and manifesto, all coming together to serve as de facto memento of a specific cultural moment. Brimming with photo editorials elevated to the realm of artistry, and interviews, conversations, and essays worthy of innumerable re-reads, one’s well-thumbed back-issue becomes a personal touchstone, a revealing coffee table accent, a tome of knowledge, and a tangible representation of the owner’s psyche.
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