PRESENT Newsletter #9
Hello Friend 🌞
I hope you had a fantastic year so far.
Sarah and I have been working hard in the last months to finish what we’ve started two years ago: PRESENT Issue 3!
Making an ambitious 300-pages independent print magazine with only two people designing and editing was intense and challenging. As always, we had to overcome quite a few obstacles, but learned a lot along the way. We also had tons of fun in the process and can’t wait to share it all with you!
Today I’m excited to announce that the magazine is finally in print and ready for pre-order:
We have two covers this time: Cover 1 is a portrait of Hung La, founder of LỰU ĐẠN, photographed by Stanley Morgan in London. Cover 2 is from our interview and shoot with Etienne Diop aka Tareet, photographed by Pauline Scotto di Cesare in Paris.
“The word reboot rings in my head every day.
To reboot is to be aware of what you need and act on it.
To reboot is to stand up again, to fail, to learn, to try again.
To reboot is to brush off the past, commit to the moment, and simply begin again.”
(From the editor’s note)
The official launch will be the end of August ~ I’ll keep you updated on all upcoming release events we are planning. Pre-ordering would help us a lot to cover the costs, so any support is much appreciated <3
What else is going on?
I stayed consistent with my Weekly Log to update our community, documenting my progress in work and life for almost two years now 👀
PRESENT Website 🦜📡
I have been quietly revamping the PRESENT website since the beginning of the year, building custom CMS systems and other improvements to make our present platform future-proof.
The aim is to push our online mothership more and more towards being an Active Archive with regularly published essays and contributions alongside material from our back issues, and much more…
We launched the PRESENT Community to the public! I’m excited for every new member, and grateful for all beta testers so far! I’m looking forward to experience how this space will evolve and how we’re going shape it together 🌸
Please feel free to join if you’d like to take a look around, or if you have ideas to contribute and want to help us build our own little corner on the internet. Everyone is welcome!
10 Input’s from the Log:
🌞 Stillness is Key by Ryan Holiday is of the best non-fiction books to read on holiday or whenever you take some time off
🎺 One of our magazine-finishing-soundtracks was The Color of Sound, the new album by Kareem Ali, young musician from NYC
🌀 The Creative Act by Rick Rubin is a fascinating meditative manifesto about what it really means to be an artist
🌏 What’s Our Problem by Tim Urban is a fun and deep analysis of our modern times, in the classic style of Wait But Why
🔊 Kikelomo at Primavera Barcelona is a set that powered me up
🛰️ Delta-V by Daniel Suarez is a gripping sci-fi novel (was great to read some fiction for a change!)
🥲 Escaping War and Pre-Marital Sex: refreshing and smart stand-up comedy by Nataly Aukar
💡 Was treibt dich wirklich an: fascinating interview with Jürgen Klopp, one of my all-time favorite people in football
“Resist the urge to worry about the future, focus on the now and leave the rest to fate.” …was a very helpful mantra for me these last weeks :)
Whatever you are going through right now, I hope you can enjoy your summer the fullest!
I’ll get back to it now and talk to you soon.