We’re starting to receive our publications for the month of September and the Fall quarter, and this month we thought to pick up Zoetrope, Collective Quarterly, Cook’s Illustrated, and Nautilus, for a peek inside.
Zoetrope, one of our favorite literary magazines, may be short fiction-focused, but its publication history and focus set it apart from other fiction quarterlies. The magazine was “founded by Francis Ford Coppola in 1997 to explore the intersection of story and art, fiction and film,” and the each issue is designed by a different artist. The current issue is designed by California artist Clare Rojas. (If you really enjoy the design of this issue, The New Yorker just published a fantastic essay about Clare Rojas’s work and life alongside San Francisco Mission School artists Barry McGee and Margaret Kilgallen, and the piece gives a sense of how Rojas’s work has evolved over the years. Check it out.) This issue contains work by Julio Cortázar, Gerard Woodward, Jennifer S. Davis, and newcomer Caroline Beimford.
Collective Quarterly’s photography is always especially striking, and in our shop, their beautiful covers often draw the eyes of customers for whom the publication is entirely new. Each season, the magazine visits a different community and interviews, observes, and documents the work and lives of the artists, workers, livestock, families, and characters native to that region. They’ve visited Marfa, Texas, Absaroka, Montana, and now, the refugees, knife-makers, and architects of Mad River Valley, Vermont.
Anyone who knows our community understands that our customers at Literati love to learn (we don’t mean to boast, but Ann Arbor was recently found to be the #1 most educated city in the US–we are a studious cluster). Cook’s Illustrated is the ideal monthly food magazine for those ardent students of craft, for notetakers, for perfectionists willing to experiment in the kitchen to achieve that Platonic form of steak-sear. No advertising, precisely drafted illustrations, and scientific methods.
Nautilus is a “different kind of magazine about science,” and in this month’s issue you can explore the history of the color black as a painting pigment, the phenomena of synesthesia in the very young, and learn all about why the corpses in Europe’s peat bogs probably suffered violent deaths. There’s a beautifully-written piece about the natural disasters behind myths, legends, and folklore told around the world.