Some sort of goodbye letter
Four years ago, almost to the day, the redesigned Bloomberg Businessweek arrived on newsstands. The distance from that point to this seems to have passed within the blink of an eye, and has been one of the best and most unexpected adventures I’ve ever had.
The risk Bloomberg took in hiring someone from another continent, with limited experience and little or no knowledge of business magazines struck me as brave at the time. What I didn’t realize then was that it wasn’t really bravery – more just a desire to not follow the conventional wisdom of what our magazine could be.
So why am I leaving? Well, after writing all this, I’m wondering the same thing.. but it’s time for me to learn something new and work with different content for a different audience. MTV has always created culture and ideas that define generations. The opportunity to work with animators, video artists, journalists, designers, musicians, artists - creating content, creating culture, for an audience as big as MTV’s is really exciting. Plus, it turns out there comes a time when your son’s approval of you becomes as - if not more - important than your approval of him. Apropos of that, promising him a ticket for the VMAs seems to have gone down well. (MTV doesn’t know about this yet. Please don’t tell them).
So farewell. Goodbye. So long. Bye. See you later. I’m going now. Yeah.. nearly there. Definitly going now. I’m off. See ya. Yup, I’m going. Haven’t quite left yet. Walking out. Now. Bye. Actually I’m around till Thursday. Just want to draw this out a bit longer. OK. That’s it.
Ohhhh my, Richard Turley is moving to MTV. It’s been a joy to see his radical designs all over Bloomberg Businessweek, but the new job sounds like a perfect fit. I’m sure he’s got great ideas for it and I can’t wait to see it happen!
Collier Schorr, 8 Women. This was an awesome gift, thank you so much MACK books!
Some really great books and little prints have made it through to our new address, many of them by Issue 3 contributors.
Next is a nice handmade book by Mark Lanning Jr. (mtljr on Tumblr) on what Las Vegas looks like, or at least, how it looked in 2010. There’s some choice quotes by Hal Rothman in it, lauding the capital power of the city, but next to Mark’s photos and their captions, the veil collapses quickly. The photographs are fantastic and they deserve to be printed at higher quality! And on that note, I’m excited to say that a few of these photographs are in Issue 3.
We received Keith Yahrling's foldout poster of For the Revolution while we were running our Kickstarter but weren't sure what to do with it, because we wanted to keep it for ourselves. So, if this was meant to be sold, sorry Keith! The series is about returning to the sites of the Revolutionary War, and the images are striking. I really love this body of work and I'm excited to see his work develop in the years to come.
Lastly is Ethan Scott and Cole Schreiber's book, who sent us three copies! They're vivid and restless photos on the road… it plays out a bit like an ethereal short film, which makes sense, seeing as Cole is a film director. We have two copies of this to give away.
Hit us up with an email before anyone else does, add your address, and we’ll send it your way!
Here’s a preview of one spread from our back pages. My Gmail is down, so I can’t request the missing info right now, but that’s the next step here.
Beyond that, all that’s left is finishing the introductory essays and the cover.