I will confess to many addiction/obsessions. I love magazines, there are some I subscribe to, but I also have a habit of buying magazines on topics that hold no immediate interest to me whether it be mechanic mags or obscure poetry journals or even the occasional health or medical editions-mainly because I am interested, even in worlds that I am pretty much ignorant of. But there are maninstays-GQUK, Esquir UK, interior design magazines and the two magazines in the image above-Cabinet and Colors.
Cabinet is one of those magazines that you wonder how it manages to stay in print and yet every article is a revelation, and you wish it had the widest possible readerdship. It's a quarterly magaine on arts and culture, but arts and culture from the most obtuse angles--it's like a companion journal to the Museum of Jurassic Technology. The website will give you a taste, but there is something about having a magazine in my hands that still means something to me, I don't need it for reading experience, but for this one I do. My favourite article so far in the latest issue is on Cephalophoric art--paintings of people carrying their own heads--I know, that's why I read it voraciously!!
Colors magazine has been around for some time now. The brainchild of Tibor Kalman and Oliviero Toscani , it was founded in 1991 as a magazine for the world--it is produced in six language combinations (Chinese/English, French/English, Italian/English, Korean/English, Portuguese/English and Spanish/English) and every issue takes a single theme and explores it from a global perspective. The latest issue is about looking at art (2 seconds to look, eight seconds to read the blurb next to it, is the average time a viewer spends with a painting apparently!), and how we engage with it.
Colors has been provocative along the way, drawing both praise and ire for its covering of AIDS and racism amongst other things. i think it has actually returned to form in recent issues--the issue before this one on News was fantastic.