Current Reading – Wilder Quarterly, How To Steal Like an Artist, SPIN, Kinfolk

Current Reading

Wilder Quarterly / $18.95

Over the weekend I picked up Wilder Quarterly, along with Kinfolk, at Skylight Books, my favorite local bookshop here in Los Angeles. They have a fantastic selection of independent publications that are curated by one of their staff. Wilder is a magazine dedicated to nature, which includes gardening and food and pretty much anything related. It’s a broad subject but their content is top notch, think of it as Apartamento for nature buffs. This is only their second issue but I’m already hooked!

How To Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon / $10.95
I received a copy of Austin Kleon’s book How To Steal Like an Artist, and I was really surprised at how great it was. It’s 160 pages of insightful quips that should keep your creativity flowing (and the paper stock of the cover feels amazing). There’s way too much good stuff in the book, but I particularly like this note:

It helps to live around interesting people, and not necessarily people who do what you do. I feel a little incestuous when I hang out with only writers and artists, so I enjoy the many filmmakers, musicians, and tech geeks who live in Austin. Oh, and food. The food should be good. You have to find a place that feeds you – creatively, socially, spiritually, and literally.

Even if you set up a new home, you need to leave it now and then. And at some point, you just need to move on. The good news is that nowadays, a lot of your peers are right where you left them – on the Internet.

You can actually snag a copy for $6.57 on Amazon right now, get to it.

SPIN magazine / $4.99
The guys over at Everything Type Company have redesigned SPIN magazine and it’s never looked more amazing. They moved to a bi-monthly print run, got better paper stock and have taken a new approach to their content. I wasn’t sure if I’d actually like the content, but I started reading parts to Kyle who turns to me and says, “Look at all the time stuff you’ve learned from reading SPIN.” Well what do you know.

Kinfolk Magazine / $18
From their bio page, “Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings.” It’s a beautifully shot magazine, the paper is wonderful to hold, though the overall vibe is kind of… unrealistic. As my friend Michele noted, the people in the magazine seem too perfect and pretty, and the content is kind of odd, like about wool socks and jarring. And there are QR codes on certain pages, which I don’t know where they go because I abhor QR codes. Not sure it’s entirely for me, but I’m sure some of you will dig it.

4 Comments Current Reading – Wilder Quarterly, How To Steal Like an Artist, SPIN, Kinfolk

  1. Matt Bourne March 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Bobby, your post inspired me to investigate Kinfolk and I puchased the iPad app. It is intriguing, beguiling. The app is nicely engineered too. Like you say, the content is achingly tasteful – it looks like a parallel universe. One I’d happily inhabit though if it would have me! Matt

  2. Cancer75 March 14, 2012 at 6:33 AM

    I have to say I’m really surprised you like the re-design of Spin magazine. I personally thought it was horrible.I think the choice of headline typeface is pretty boring and spacing of the images is about as basic as you can get. I like clean, minimalist design but I feel they really made the magazine less interesting to read which is disappointing. I normally agree with you 100% but we differ on this one.

  3. Bobby Solomon March 14, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    @Cancer75 – But did you even bother to read it?

  4. Cancer75 March 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    @Bobby Solomon – Yes sir, and I understand the reboot. To be honest the writing reminds me of the magazine I use to buy because it was great, and not just out of habit. The design will likely grow on me but at first blush the lack of variation with the bold sans serif type kind of irked me. It doesn’t have to be Raygun but I likes me a little variety in my fonts.

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