Editors Jessica Lowe and Gavin Green are based in Melbourne, but launched their publication about all things feline this September in both Japanese and English because Lowe wanted the magazine to reach an audience in Japan, where, she says, “they are just obsessed with cats!”Annual; $30.
The Travel Almanac
With Matthew Barney on the latest cover and interviews with Juergen Teller and Ian Schrager inside, this handsome, male-centric magazine, out of Berlin, is more about how to travel than where to go. Biannual; $18.
Oh, to be young and live in Austin, Texas! Leigh Patterson and Amelia Giller’s literary magazine feels like the equivalent of a pretty indie band—there’s a sweet seriousness to digging up your juvenile poetry and annotating it six years later, as writer Leah Finnegan does. Biannual; $18.
Designed for “urban surfers,” Wax has the vibe of a perfectly rundown beach shack. Greenpoint-based David Yun and his wife, Aeriel Brown, came up with the idea while “lying on a New York beach between surf sessions.” Biannual; $18.95.
The first issue reads as if The Paris Review married Hustler. Erotic photography by Kava Gorna runs alongside an art portfolio by Wangechi Mutu. Literary phenom Rachel Kushner shares her e-mails; Katherine Bernard pens an essay about Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying. Three times a year; $20.
Jesse Pearson’s new magazine is distinctly (and unapologetically) his—a little odd, but in a likable way. The second issue, with a striking cover by Roe Ethridge, includes an interview with Jackie Collins, a fictional conversation between author Eileen Myles’s dog and a puppet named Oscar, and a portfolio (shot by Aileen Son) of dishes created by Del Posto pastry chef Brooks Headley that parallel his favorite moments in Black Flag’s discography. Quarterly; $18.
Forget the suburban vegetable patch: This is a gardening magazine for those who have to make do with fire escapes and brownstone rooftops. The latest issue offers instructions on how to grow a prickly-pear cactus in your apartment. Quarterly; $18.95.
Most of these titles are available at niche magazine shops and indie booksellers like McNally Jackson Books, Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers, Casa Magazines, Soho News International, the Magazine Bazaar, and Lafayette Smoke Shop.*
Ask a Shop Clerk: Hemal Sheth
*Lafayette Smoke Shop, 63 Spring St., at Lafayette St.; 212-226-3475.
How are sales these days?
The golden time was from 1997 to 2003. But there’s still a market. Vogue sells out in every language.
Have you seen any celebrity customers shopping for the magazines they’re photographed in?
Yes. Naomi Campbell—so many times.