Stack at home: Delayed Gratification
What better way to understand the coronavirus crisis, than to travel back in time to January, and then get top journalists to break things down in slow motion? One of our all-time favourite magazines, Delayed Gratification prides itself on being the “last to breaking news”. Every issue rewinds time to unpick events analytically, with the benefit of hindsight.
We share an office with publishers the Slow Journalism Company (though of course we haven’t actually been there for several months) and we were planning to send the magazine out as our December delivery at the end of this year, coinciding with their 10th anniversary celebrations. But then coronavirus happened, and every day, as the headlines got more alarming and life got stranger, we found ourselves wondering what the pandemic would look like from the calm and critical distance of Delayed Gratification.
So we scrapped our plans for issue 40 and sent our subscribers issue 38, covering the crucial period from January to March this year. It’s fascinating (and frightening) to trace the story in this level of detail, from the first reports coming out of Wuhan, through to the virus arriving in Italy, the UK, the US and beyond. Below we’ve rounded up our favourite social media posts from subscribers, who loved the magazine as much as we do.
6. Pillow talk
We like this picture of Delayed Gratification, tucked up in bed.
5. Wise owls
The owl-patterned hat and face mask here caught our attention.
🦉Subscribe to Stack. pic.twitter.com/nTiJnDYJ5K
— Andi Wingate (@czantra) July 27, 2020
4. Lunch envy
Delayed Gratification, best enjoyed with an extremely nice lunch.
3. Plant life
Stack subscriber Daisy Bartlett picked out some of her favourite stories, like the piece about Pablo Escobar’s responsibility for the hippo problem in Colombia.
This month's @StackMagazines offering was fascinating – just read it cover-to-cover in one sitting. If you want deep dives into global stories from coronavirus, to Pablo Escobar's responsibility for Colombia's hippo problem, @dgquarterly is a must! pic.twitter.com/EiyYcTNcsb
— Daisy Bartlett (@DaisyBart) July 19, 2020
2. Sweet dreams
A nice post from Valentina Kasperova, who was enjoying Delayed Gratification after finally getting her baby to sleep.
1. A bit of joy
We love this message from Stack subscriber Jeff Sheinkopf. A monthly bit of joy <3 Money-can’t-buy Stack t-shirt on its way to you now, Jeff!
— Jeff Sheinkopf (@jeffsheinkopf) July 31, 2020