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Podcast: James Guerin, Berlin Quarterly

Posted by Steve Watson on Saturday, January 13 2018

Hear James Guerin, founder of Berlin Quarterly, on why he wants to make things that stay in the world

At the end of last year I spent a couple of days in Berlin, and was excited to meet up with James Guerin, the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of Berlin Quarterly. I’ve been a big fan of the arts and literary magazine since I first came across their launch issue a few years ago (we delivered it to Stack subscribers in November 2016) so it was brilliant to catch up with him and hear more about his motivations for making the magazine.

I was struck by the fact that he’s publishing this magazine of contemporary culture with one eye on the future, and a consideration for how it will be understood by future generations. Magazine makers often talk about the fact that print is archival and offers a lasting record, and James is definitely attracted by the knowledge that these magazines will remain on shelves and in collections long after we’re all gone.

This is our first episode of 2018, and we’ll be back with another one on Friday next week. If you want to make sure you catch that, follow us on Soundcloud or iTunes and we’ll deliver it to you as soon as it’s ready. And of course you can find lots of other conversations with magazine makers in the archives there. Happy listening!

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