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The Stack

Essential listening for anyone who cares about the printed word and developments in publishing. From independent publications, new forms of print media and graphic novels to little-known niche magazines, ‘The Stack’ is Monocle’s take on the world of print, focusing on everything from the glossiest fashion title to the grittiest local newspaper.

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Simon Kuper’s new book on Paris, food titles at Salone del Mobile and the return of ‘Saveur’:

We speak with author and journalist Simon Kuper on his new book about Paris, ‘Impossible City – Paris in the Twenty-First Century’. Plus: food titles are invited to a special event at Salone del Mobile, and the return of ‘Saveur’ magazine.

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60813 Apr 2024
30 min

Simon Kuper’s new book on Paris, food titles at Salone del Mobile and the return of ‘Saveur’ 

We speak with author and journalist Simon Kuper on his new book about Paris, ‘Impossible City – Paris in the Twenty-First Century’. Plus: food titles are invited to a special event at Salone del Mobile, and the return of ‘Saveur’ magazine.

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6076 Apr 2024
30 min

‘Fortune’, ‘Secret Stays’ and ‘Twen (1959-1971)’ 

We speak with ‘Fortune’ executive editor Alex Wood Morton on their editorial expansion in Europe. Plus, Melinda Stevens on her new book with Assouline – ‘Secret Stays: Pioneering Hosts of the New Chic’. And Serge Ricco and Stéphane Darricau on their new book delving into the history of influential German magazine ‘Twen’.

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60630 Mar 2024
26 min

‘Numéro Switzerland’ debut, food title ‘Picnic’ and a zine on Indonesian cooking 

This week we speak with the team behind the recently launched ‘Numéro Switzerland’. Plus: food title ‘Picnic’, which celebrates the London food scene in its latest issue, and also ‘Pedas’ , a zine on Indonesian cooking.

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60523 Mar 2024
33 min

Maria Fernanda Delmas from ‘Valor Econômico’, Brazil’s main financial daily 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we speak with Maria Fernanda Delmas from Brazil’s financial daily ‘Valor Econômico’. Plus Ricardo Moreno celebrates 10 years of ‘The Summer Hunter’ and the new editor of ‘Bon Appétit’.

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60416 Mar 2024
29 min

A Brazilian publishing house, ‘Summit Journal’ and Japan’s stationery awards 

We head to São Paulo to speak with Lili Carneiro from Editora Carbono, who publishes titles such as ‘Carbono Uomo’. Plus: the return of legendary climbing magazine ‘Summit Journal’ and the winners of Japan’s stationery awards.

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6039 Mar 2024
30 min

Desire in print 

We explore desire in print with the celebrated magazine ‘Erotic Review’, which is back as an art and literary platform. Plus: Frank Strachan from ‘Crotch Magazine’, a hedonistic title with plenty of sex appeal.

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6022 Mar 2024
37 min

Sarah Andelman, Mise en Page 

This week we speak with Sarah Andelman, founder of Colette and Just an Idea Books, about her new concept shop, Mise en Page, at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche. We also discuss the future of ‘Paris Match’ and a new book that examines the Pet Shop Boys’ effect on culture and politics.

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60124 Feb 2024
28 min

Foreign Exchange News, ‘Paper’ and Class of Palm Beach 

We visit a new café-cum-currency-exchange in London’s Bayswater that also sells magazines. Plus: we speak with the team behind Turkish design studio Sanayi 313’s magazine, ‘Paper’, and explore Palm Beach with the founder of online fashion platform Class of Palm Beach.

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60017 Feb 2024
27 min

The new Saint Laurent bookshop, a title on all things Balkans and a Manchester quarterly 

Fashion giant Saint Laurent has opened a bookshop in Paris. We find out more. We also speak with the co-founder of ‘This is Badland’, a title about art and design from the Balkans, and head to Manchester to speak with the co-founder of ‘Proper’ magazine.

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59910 Feb 2024
38 min

‘Direction of Travel’, ‘L’Illustré’ and ‘O Novo Rio’ 

We speak with Christian Nolle from ‘Direction of Travel’, a newspaper about the culture of flying. Plus: Monocle Radio’s Laura Kramer meets the editor of one of Switzerland’s oldest magazines, ‘L’Illustré’, and photographer William Rice heads to Rio de Janeiro for his latest photo project, ‘O Novo Rio’.

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5983 Feb 2024
29 min

‘Ori’, ‘Office’ and ‘Fotografiska Berlin Magazine’ 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we talk to the founder of a new travel publication, Simon Rasmussen from ‘Office’ and ‘Fotografiska Berlin Magazine.

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59727 Jan 2024
29 min

Reinventing the newsstand and fashion criticism 

We speak with Gautier Robial and James Laffar from News & Coffee, the newsstand kiosks started in Barcelona that are now expanding to the UK. Plus: Monocle’s fashion editor, Natalie Theodosi, looks at the future of fashion criticism.

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59620 Jan 2024
37 min

‘Quarter Past Noon’, ‘The Island Book of Records’ and media in Iowa 

We head to Copenhagen to look at Danish design company &Tradition’s foray into publishing with food book ‘Quarter Past Noon’. Plus: we look at the history of Island Records with Neil Storey, editor of ‘The Island Book of Records’. And our correspondent Tomos Lewis looks at the state of media in Iowa.

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59513 Jan 2024
28 min

‘Afrosport’, Dingbats* notebooks and ‘Agreenculture’ 

This week on ‘The Stack’ we feature ‘Afrosport – The Book’, a new publication by South African surf brand Mami Wata. Plus: the story behind a generational Lebanese stationery brand and a new independent journal on fashion and farming.

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5946 Jan 2024
30 min

‘The Grub Street Journal’, Newsstand and ‘Untapped’ 

On the first episode of ‘The Stack’ in 2024, we speak with the team behind ‘The Grub Street Journal’, a magazine for magazine people. We also talk to David Atkins from Newsstand, the family-owned company that is also the UK’s largest online magazine store. And, finally, a new design title helmed by Tiffany Jow: ‘Untapped’.

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