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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.

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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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Flummery!

“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.”

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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.”

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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…

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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

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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.

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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…

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Desk Set- More Power to You!

Ostensibly Desk Set is about the fear of a new world in which machines will replace human connection and take human jobs. But there’s really something more elementally beautiful about the friendships in this film, something that staves off the fundamental loneliness of being alive, being human.

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Featured Photographer: Kevin Moraczewski

Whether we’re shutting out the light at close of day, or wandering the slick cool streets in a perfect moody urban nocturne, Kevin Moraczewski’s photographs create a portrait of slowly-shifting lonely hours.

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Back in Kilifi

During the pandemic, Matt Cotten reflected on his time in Kilifi. He was finally able to return in September 2022. Here is the before and after.

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Night Drawings: James Feehan

Choreographed, the figures evolve from the efforts they make to define the precipice of engagement. The rhythms of awareness can lead to celebration or exploration.

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December Issue, 2022

A collection of all the articles we’ve published this month for people who like to savor their magpies’ tidings as an issue.

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Draw Your Breakfast

Suggestions to enhance your daily drawing experience–keep your notebook ready and your pen filled!

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Robert Beck: Tip-Top Shoes

You can tell that things happen in this place because it feels like you’ve been there, and that’s the bones of an engaging narrative.  I call it a heartbeat.

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November Issue, 2022

A collection of all the articles we published last month for those who like their magpies’ tidings as an issue.

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Letter from the editor: November 2022

I’ve been thinking about certain small acts of rebellion that I love, certain quiet ways that people have changed the rules. They change the world slowly, almost imperceptibly, but the change grows in widening waves. The personal becomes political and art becomes powerful.

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