November Issue, 2022

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.

Gabriela Domville: Preserve Collection

Gabriela Dombille’s thought-provoking Preserve Collection asks questions about our relationship to nature and about our often-deadly fascination with the mechanics of beauty and of life itself.

Magpies Mix Tape: Soulin’

You will find every county in England has a different idea of the soulin’ song and what was served to the peasants who came knocking. A Mixtape for Halloween/All Hollows Eve/All Souls

Quick and Flupke (and why I love Tintin)

There’s a lovely lightness to the strips, a freedom, but as with all the best comic strips, (or all my favorite) underneath the lightness is a depth of honesty and humanity.

Sweet Soul Cakes

The cakes are called “souls” the singers are called “soulers,” and the practice is called “souling.” How beautiful is all of that?

My Pop Life: Pleasant Valley Sunday – The Monkees

The Monkees couldn’t put a foot wrong for this ten-year old boy, yet to worry about small parts and auditions … yet to discover that they weren’t in fact cool, because they were manufactured and didn’t write their own songs, yet to discover that despite all that they were still brilliant.

Imaginary jobs: Augur

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “No, I don’t want to be part of a dynamic team in a fast-paced environment”? You’re not alone!

Ghost Story

And then I knew, after sign upon sign upon sign, I knew as surely as I knew my own self, that I had a ghost living with me.

A Face in the Crowd

The film’s themes are startlingly relevant today: the intersection of commerce, politics and entertainment; the cynicism of the entertainment industry about the intelligence of their audience.

Necropolis, a film by Marc Reed

Most of my videos are of lost and forgotten places, and while visiting these places I have often pondered the people that once inhabited them. Who were they…where are they? To a large extent they are here. These are the inhabitants of my “drowned worlds.”

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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