February Issue, 2023

A collection of all the articles we’ve published over the past month, for those who like to savor their Magpies’ tidings as an issue.

January Thoughts: Why I Make Art

By Pia De Girolamo January is a transitional month of endings and beginnings. In art, the god Janus is depicted as having two faces, one looking ahead and one looking backwards. So it is fitting that in January people feel moved to take stock, review the old year, and make plans for the new. During…

Grey Paper Lockdown Drawings

“We are still in Entebbe, the virus is still evolving and we are trying to keep track of the changes. The bamboo continues to grow, there is another generation of marigolds blooming.”


“I love making almond flummery by candlelight in the early morning hours, as the household still sleeps. The kitchen is quiet and dark. The scent of rosewater, almonds, and apricot kernels rising from the mortar and pestle transform the kitchen countertop to a magic carpet that carries me off to 18th century England.”

Magpies Mix Tape: Songs about Justice

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King

Imaginary Jobs: The Observer

In summation, I would like to share the words of Francis Bacon, “If men will intend to observe, they shall finde much worthy to observe.”

Letter From the Editor, February ’23: Kindling Spirits

“…but in the sense of someone or something from years or decades or centuries past that seems to speak to you, personally; some act of creation that sparks a glowing connection of admiration, or a recognition of perfect mutual strangeness. A “kindling” spirit”

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