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The Stack

Essential listening for anyone who cares about what they read – and how they read it. The Stack is Monocle’s take on the world of print, focusing on everything from the glossiest fashion title to the grittiest newspaper.

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Positive thinking:

We meet the editor of ‘Positive’ magazine Giacomo Cosua, hear from Monocle correspondent Tom Burges Watson on the new kiosks in Paris and speak to Angharad Lewis, author of a new book on how to publish a magazine.

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20423 Jul 2016

Positive thinking: 

We meet the editor of ‘Positive’ magazine Giacomo Cosua, hear from Monocle correspondent Tom Burges Watson on the new kiosks in Paris and speak to Angharad Lewis, author of a new book on how to publish a magazine.

20316 Jul 2016

A magazine about magazines: 

On this week’s episode of ‘The Stack’ we sit down with Steven Gregor, editor of ‘Gym Class’ – a magazine about magazines. Plus: a Belgian publication dedicated to raising the country’s spirits after recent difficult times.

2029 Jul 2016

Paper perfection: 

Putting pen to paper is a good first step but starting a magazine requires more than words; we take a closer look at what makes a good debut with Magculture’s Jeremy Leslie. And of course, sometimes it all comes down to the paper – especially if you’re as passionate about it as Fenner’s Justin Hobson.

2012 Jul 2016

Weekend press: 

In a special live edition hosted by Monocle editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, Steve Watson of independent magazine distributor Stack and Lisa Markwell, former editor of the ‘Independent on Sunday’, join Monocle editor Andrew Tuck to discuss the state of today’s international publishing scene.

20025 Jun 2016

Foodie fare: 

From a pizza-by-the-slice map of New York to the amber-hued pleasures of craft beer, capturing food and drink on the page is something of an art form. We meet two magazine editors who know their food and drink: David Lane from ‘The Gourmand’ and Fraser Doherty from craft-beer publication ‘Ferment’.

19918 Jun 2016

LGBT media with attitude: 

After last week’s horrific shooting in Orlando, we assess the print coverage in the city’s local newspaper, ‘The Orlando Sentinel’. Plus: editor of LGBT magazine ‘Attitude’, Matthew Todd, discusses how the title’s history-making interview with Prince William (featured on the cover of the latest issue) is promoting a positive message.

19811 Jun 2016

Jocks & Nerds: 

Were you a jock, a nerd or fortunate enough to fit somewhere in between? From its vintage-inspired roots, ‘Jocks & Nerds’ magazine has launched a brand version of itself onto newsstands. We meet the magazine’s founder and editor Marcus Agerman-Ross. Plus: the newsstand view from Merano with Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé.

1974 Jun 2016

Hot off the press: 

We speak with Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books, Canada’s largest book retailer. We also review fashion biannual magazines with Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco, and we speak with Christian Rocca, the editor of ‘IL’, the monthly lifestyle magazine of Italian daily ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’.

19628 May 2016

A look at the biggest print markets in the world: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we look at two of the biggest print markets in the world – the US and Japan – with our New York and Asia bureau chiefs. Plus: the booming regional magazines market in North America.

19521 May 2016

International prestige: 

For most of the year Cannes is like any other sleepy city on the French Riviera – until the prestigious Cannes Film Festival ramps up that is. From ‘Variety’ to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, we take a closer look at the daily print titles that the festival wakes up to during the annual jamboree. Plus: international print reviews from Hong Kong and Toronto.

19414 May 2016

Denim and diamonds: 

Whether it’s evening attire or tips on how to redecorate for the season, fashioning the pages of a style magazine demands fearless originality – but a splash of fun always helps. From Istanbul to London, Ben Rylan joins Sagra Maceira de Rosen and Bryan Levandowski to review our newsstand picks.

1937 May 2016

Factual fatigue: 

Are we tired of the truth? Rob Orchard certainly hopes not. We sit down with the editor of the renowned longform journalism publication ‘Delayed Gratification’ after one of the more bizarre weeks in world politics. Plus: setting off for Belgrade, we meet the Serbian government minister with a peculiar fascination for a classic Italian comic book.

19230 Apr 2016

Architectural print: 

When you’re designing and building your architecture pages, deciding on your materials is a challenge. But whether it’s the abundance of design prowess inside the pages of ‘Lobby’ or the expertly crafted minimalism of ‘Disegno’ – architecture on the page is a constructive undertaking all of its own.

19123 Apr 2016

‘Die Dame’: 

From Munich to Berlin, German readers are a voracious bunch. We pay a visit to the editorial team behind much-loved pre-war classic ‘Die Dame’, out of print since the 1940s but about to roar back to life. Plus: ‘Allegramag’ and its commitment to journalism on paper and a leaf through Germany’s best print titles.

19016 Apr 2016

Making covers pop: 

From Byron Bay to London’s Paddington, we’ve assembled a healthy line-up of some of today’s – and yesterday’s – best magazines from across the globe as we delve into the nitty gritty of eye-popping imagery and the finest font-making. The Hyman Archive’s James Hyman joins Monocle’s Tom Edwards to discuss some of his favourites, Liam Aldous visits the team behind Australia’s ‘Lunch Lady’ magazine and we ponder print on display Paddington’s Kioskafe.

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