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On The Bookshelf: The Eighty-Eight Volume 2

It’s been a while since I last introduced an exciting new magazine to the blogosphere, so here’s the newest addition to my mag stand. The Eighty-Eight  proudly refers to itself as the ‘adventurous magazine for the occasional thinker’, featuring essays, stories and pictures, girdled by engaging, playful designs and illustrations. Created by curator and jazz musician Jamie Cullum, editor Anna-Marie Crowhurst and art director Kate Monument, Volume #2 is jam-packed with great and unusual stories, quirky illustrations and cheeky commentaries you won’t easily find elsewhere. What about finding the true origin of Come on Eileen, taking a dip into the dark and dirty history of flamenco or rummaging a whole mini zine dedicated to Donuts? Exactly. And because I can’t feature all of the goodies, here are my 3 fav picks from the issue!

Isobel Diamond & John Hooper: Kerala by Rail

Some time ago, photographer John Hooper and writer Isobel Diamond set off to travel the vastness of the Indian land & chose the most common means of transport: On one of the 11.000 trains traversing the 71.000 miles of track. This amazing photo essay traces one of these rides they’ve experienced in the Southeast province of Kerala, observing their surroundings with a curious eye and painting a vivid picture of cultures, habits and hospitality.

Jamie Cullum: Synchronicity: A memoir

I love reading about family history and discovering secret threads to the past and this is another fantastic example why. Jamie Cullum slowly unfolds his love for Japanese culture in stark contrast to his grandfather’s troubled relation to the country, yet he describes it so vividly that you seem to be able to feel, see and touch these unfurled memories coming full circle. But most of all, it makes me want to finally go to Japan and immerse myself in this intriguing world!

Effie Wood: How to raise a feminist gamer

In many ways, the gaming landscape is still pretty pretty male-dominated and even though there’s lots of positive progress, it’s still interspersed with misogynistic characters and stark gender references. So Effie Wood‘s piece is a refreshing read about a mother (& father) who strive to bring up their child with an attentive mind & a feminist look on all things gaming and beyond. Pretty witty!

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