Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sunday Zine Review #55: The Alpine Review 01

From time to time, you come across one of those magazines you need to take everywhere with you until you finish reading it. That's exactly what happened when I received the first issue of The Alpine Review.

The Alpine Review has all the potential to become one of the best independent magazines of 2012. It has a nice design, clever content and could attract similar readers to those of cult publications like Monocle or Kinfolk.

But there's much more than that. The Alpine Review is self-defined as a publication that "can help us navigate in these times of transition". I see it as a look into the future, with a focus on a variety of topics - from open software and agriculture to design and craftsmanship - that will play (or are already playing) a vital role in our lives.

The first issue of The Alpine Review has 283 pages and no ads at all. One might think that the price (£22) is excessive, but if you consider the paper and printing quality as well as the numerous articles, interviews and essays, it is worth every penny.

Some personal favourite features from this issue include the interview with farmer Joel Salatin, the article about "Magazines as identities and platforms" and the city focus on Berlin, which I found particularly useful as I'm travelling there for the first time next week.

The last page of the magazine is a reflection about the process of launching a magazine and how the editors, Patrick Tanguay and Louis-Jacques Darveau, dealt with all the "unknown unkonwns" of that process. 

The work they've done on this first issue is excellent and shows that they have known how to overcome all these uncertainties. I'm really looking forward to the second issue of The Alpine Review, but meanwhile you can find more information about the inaugural issue and where to buy it here.

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