“…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”
I am a filmmaker, illustrator, graphic designer and copy editor.
“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.”
Jacques Tati: Magpie Collector of Foibles
Tati is a sort of magpie of human (and canine) foibles; a collector of gestures and moments of absurdity.
Pinhole Photography as an Emotion: Gianfranco Lunardo
“People live and mark their existence in the silent voice of their remains.”
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
Expat Questionnaire: Peter Atkinson
I graduated and worked for a few years before deciding, in August 1980, to chuck it all in and travel around the world.
The Representation of Absence: An Interview with Margarita Brum
“How do you represent that which is not there but which occupies an affective place, a place in our mind?” An interview with Uruguayan plastic and visual artist Margarita Brum
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.”
January 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.
Letter From the Editor: January, ’23
The ability to appreciate something is just as valuable as the ability to create something. In fact, I believe appreciation is an important part of the creative process. To be moved by something, to see its beauty, to be excited by it, to be a fan–this is a valuable skill, a gift, as well as a source of happiness.