Stack at home: Safar, May, 2020
A design and culture magazine published in Lebanon, Safar takes its title from the Arabic word for travel — which refers to the idea of communication, especially across cultural and linguistic boundaries. The fifth issue is themed around migration and it’s eclectic. Treasures inside include an essay on the meme in an age of viral replicability, an architectural investigation into the concept of the “maid’s room”, and a Miranda July story about how to get a woman off. Entirely bilingual, everything is printed in both Arabic and English.
Below we’ve rounded up our favourite responses from Stack subscribers. Right at the bottom you’ll find our subscriber of the month.
5. Support small businesses
We love this post from Stack subscriber Bethany Osmond, who’s got a lovely delivery from Stack and Libreria bookshop.
A nice zoomed-in pic of one of Safar’s two cover stars, Mekdes Yilma (pictured) and Tsigereda Brihanu.
In the post: the latest from @StackMagazines, a brilliant magazine of visual culture based in Beirut. If you like independent publishing then a subscription to Stack is well worth it. You get a different and exciting mag each month. pic.twitter.com/hmHyW0eGhZ
— Ian McMillan (@IMcMillan) May 12, 2020
3. Cuddly toys
We love this shot of Safar being read at the window, with a pink fluffy bird.
— Lucy (@tinkle14) May 18, 2020
2. “Flirt with, flee from, fall from”
Picking out Safar’s evocative cover line. Nice plant in the background, too.
— manubutnotchao (@DospinaManuela) May 26, 2020
1. Lazy Saturday
The carpet is probably the most delicious thing of all the very delicious things about this tweet, by Stack subscriber Rhiannon Davies. Stack t-shirt on its way to you!
A lazy Saturday & I’m absolutely engrossed by @JournalSafar, the latest delivery from @StackMagazines – a bilingual indie mag from Beirut full of essays, interviews & insight ‘trying to shift the conversation on design & visual culture from its fixation in the global North.’ pic.twitter.com/JGtpF5g6W5
— Rhiannon (@RhiannonDavies) May 16, 2020