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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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Brad Walls, Daniel Haaksman and ‘Return Trip’:

This week on The Stack we speak with aerial photographer Brad Walls, DJ Daniel Haaksman on his new single “Vem” and the editor of travel title ‘Return Trip’ Erin Pehlivan.

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4558 May 2021
30 min

Brad Walls, Daniel Haaksman and ‘Return Trip’: 

This week on The Stack we speak with aerial photographer Brad Walls, DJ Daniel Haaksman on his new single “Vem” and the editor of travel title ‘Return Trip’ Erin Pehlivan.

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4541 May 2021
30 min

Men’s magazines: ‘Fantastic Man’, ‘L’étiquette’ and ‘Decent’: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we have a men’s magazine special. We speak with Gert Jonkers from ‘Fantastic Man’; Marc Beaugé on the English-language edition of ‘L’étiquette’; and ‘Decent’, a magazine for men, by women.

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45324 Apr 2021
30 min

‘Variety’ on the Oscars, and the history of ‘Ebony’ magazine: 

This week we discuss the Oscars with Clayton Davis, film awards editor at ‘Variety’. Plus, Lavaille Lavette talks about her new book, ‘Ebony: Covering Black America’, as the magazine celebrates its 75th anniversary.

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45217 Apr 2021
30 min

Fashion criticism: 

We look at fashion criticism and its cultural importance with Francesca Granata. Plus: a new book from travel writer Julia Cooke on stewardesses on the iconic Pan American Airways, and Jason Y Lee from Jubilee Media.

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45110 Apr 2021
30 min

‘Bon Appétit’, ‘Paperboy’ and the appeal of crosswords: 

We speak to Dawn Davis, editor of food title ‘Bon Appétit’. We also meet professional crossword constructor Matt Gaffney and look at a new title that’s all about good news: ‘Paperboy’.

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4503 Apr 2021
30 min

‘The Gentlewoman’, ‘Wonderground’, ‘Neptune’: 

We speak to the editor in chief of ‘The Gentlewoman’, Penny Martin, about its latest issue featuring actress Scarlett Johansson on the cover. Plus, we look at two brand-new titles, ‘Wonderground’, a biannual title dedicated to nature writing, and Paris-based interior and lifestyle magazine ‘Neptune’.

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44927 Mar 2021
30 min

‘The Monocle Book of Italy’, ‘The Jungle Journal’, ‘Wunderdog’: 

This week we feature ‘The Monocle Book of Italy’, plus new travel title ‘The Jungle Journal’ and a magazine dedicated to rescue dogs, ‘Wunderdog’.

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44820 Mar 2021
30 min

‘The Book Collectors of Daraya’, WePresent, ‘Glossy’: 

This week we speak with author and ‘Le Figaro’ Middle East correspondent Delphine Minoui on her new book ‘The Book Collectors of Daraya’. Plus Holly Fraser from WePresent and Nina-Sophia Miralles and her book ‘Glossy’, about the history of ‘Vogue’ magazine.

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44713 Mar 2021
30 min

‘Les Inrockuptibles’, ‘Château Monestier La Tour’, ‘Gay Bar’: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we speak with Carole Boinet, deputy editor of weekly French cultural magazine ‘Les Inrockuptibles’. Plus: the new Assouline title on the Château Monestier La Tour and Jeremy Atherton Lin’s new book ‘Gay Bar: Why We Went Out’.

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4466 Mar 2021
30 min

‘Harper’s Magazine’, ‘Islands of Abandonment’, Coffee Table Mags: 

This week on The Stack we speak to Christopher Beha, editor of ‘Harper’s Magazine’. Plus: author and journalist Cal Flyn on her book ‘Islands of Abandonment’ and Thorsten Keller from Coffee Table Mags.

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44527 Feb 2021
30 min

100 years of ‘Folha de S.Paulo’: 

We celebrate 100 years of Brazil’s renowned daily ‘Folha de S.Paulo’ and speak to its editor-in-chief, Sérgio Dávila. Plus, a trip to Barcelona’s best newsstands and a new Austrian title dedicated to Muslim culture.

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44420 Feb 2021
30 min

Politico, ‘The Week’, ‘Spiral’: 

We discuss the expansion of Politico in France, meet the chief executive of ‘The Week’ and ‘The Week Junior’, and look at a new title on the culture of American football.

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44313 Feb 2021
30 min

‘Stranger’s Guide’, Peter Harrington Rare Books and ‘Hä?’: 

We speak with Abby Rapoport from the quarterly magazine ‘Stranger’s Guide’. Plus: the romantic catalogue from Peter Harrington Rare Books and ‘Hä?’, a cool health title sold in Swiss pharmacies.

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4426 Feb 2021
30 min

Resilience: 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we speak with John Paton, chairman of ‘The Independent’ and ‘The Evening Standard’. Plus: ‘Justsmile’, a brand new fashion title promoting diversity and a conversation with the editor of ‘Strong Words’, a magazine dedicated to books.

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44130 Jan 2021
30 min

Film, travel and photography: 

This week we speak to Bill Kramer, director and president of the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Plus: Liz Schaffer from ‘Lodestars Anthology’ on making a travel title during a pandemic, and Luis Juárez from ‘Balam’, a Latin American photography magazine.

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