January Issue


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.

Paintings Found Through Painting

“I like the pictures to push and pull at their perimeters, the ghostly presences within them bound in a landscape I could not have imagined when I first began the painting.”

Things Were Never Normal

This exhibition highlights “third spaces”: components of an area’s social infrastructure, communal spaces outside of  home and work such as taverns, church picnics, diners, restaurants, and movie theaters—sites where we might gather,  if we could agree.

Chicken Castle

These observations and the pictures taken from them don’t speak in specifics, but when you are in a place where people, over time, have been able to imprint parts of themselves on the built environment, you can feel the city speaking to you in some way, though the language is only partly translatable or transferable.

Harry Sternberg: Coal and Steel

This post is a tribute to the work and passion of an artist I almost missed…Seventy years after Sternberg marveled at the industrial might of Bethlehem Steel, I was there marveling at its decay

Il Sorpasso

The heart of the film is the unlikely friendship between Bruno and Roberto.

Francis Bacon: The Essays

“I doe now publish my Essayes; which, of all my other works, have been most Currant: For that, as it seems, they come home, to Mens Businesse, and Bosomes.”

Letter from the Editor: January

We’re all gleaners, finding beauty and meaning and sustenance in the unlikely, the odd, the overlooked. We’re all magpies, lining our nests with beauty where we find it.

A New Business Plan

And “business as usual” will be benevolence, cheer, and generosity of spirit the whole year long.

Syllabub Cookies

Suffice to say that Syllabub, sometimes a drink, sometimes a desssert, is a very very old recipe. It’s the sort of thing Old Fezziwig would serve at his holiday party in A Christmas Carol. It’s the sort of thing David Copperfield would serve at his bachelors’ dinner party, the party which resulted in the best description of being drunk in all of literature.

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