Our jobs are pretty cool here at Next Issue. Read a bunch of great magazines, find even more great stories, and share them with all of you. So cool, in fact, we think it’s a little selfish to restrict that privilege to just ourselves. So now, every so often, we’ll outsource this duty to others with a likewise passion for good reads.
To kick it off, we’re bringing in one of our kin at Next Issue: Bob Moll, Director of Publisher Integration (which is a shorthand way of saying he works with the content from magazine publishers to ensure it looks its absolute best in the app). He’s sharp, sarcastic, highly inquisitive and the most non-annoying chatterbox you’ll ever meet, qualifying him as the perfect pilot candidate for this new program.
We shared some of his picks in our most recent #WeekendReads, but here is his full, uncensored list and opinions on some stories that resounded with his life, his character, and his interests. Click through the slideshow and tap along in the app.
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The Billion-Dollar Bourbon Boom | Fortune | February 24, 2014
Modern World: Focus—Factory, Made | Dwell | March
Ah "Dwell," ye never fail to entice me with beautifully crafted and designed stuff, out of reach of budget for mere mortals such as I. Maybe that’s why I have such affection for the story of two people building a home and design studio out of an old factory building. With phrases like “shoestring budget,” “salvaged leaded windows,” and “mismatched tile seconds,” I really dig their aesthetic as well as their “reduce, reuse, recycle” ethics. Favorite quote: “It works if you let yourself not try to fix it.” Done. My problem: Initially obsessing over kitchen remodel problems/mistakes/blemishes that are invisible or just quaint these days.
Noise, Vibration & Harshness: Future Non-Classics Futures | Automobile | March
My current car is great, but it’s getting to the point where I might need to put some serious coin into keeping it presentable, so I’ve been considering fix vs. buy. I’m a firm believer in buying used cars (hey, I stimulate the economy in lots of other ways—cool your jets), so Jamie Kitman’s article about old cars that aren’t classics but are great cars with a track record checks all the right boxes.
News: Africa's Own Car Company | Automobile | March
Great to see someone in Kenya building a car suited to a country with a fledgling infrastructure, although I’m not sure the lack of a four-wheel-drive (every road is a dirt road!) and the cost are going to make it any more successful than the Tata Nano is (was?). Does this mean every continent now has a home-grown automobile industry? C’mon Oz, make a new Holden and don’t let the Yanks buy it out from under you this time.
Inspiration Point | Yoga Journal | January/February
I’ve been practicing yoga for about nine years, and it has made quite a difference in my athleticism, flexibility, and even strength. And those are just the physical manifestations of the benefits of yoga practice, where meditation and focus can make such a big mental difference on how one deals with a difficult day at work or getting stuck in a two-hour traffic jam. However, the “plateau effect” that Sean Johnson mentions here is very real, and can reduce motivation and engagement. I found his meditations slowly helping me become reconnected with my yoga practice, and I was reminded of all those benefits I felt so strongly in the early years, and now had almost taken for granted. Highly recommended, even if you’ve only been practicing yoga for a shorter while, this will help keep you connected and conscious of your motivations. Not to mention some beautiful and inspiring art on page two of the article.
Fold-Flat Benchtop-Tool Stand | Wood | February/March
I have a small number of woodworking tools and machines, not enough to really call it a “shop.” Besides that, I live in a small house with an even smaller garage, designed and built for the times when that GI returning from World War II and starting a family could not conceive of ever needing more than two bedrooms, and if he had a car, it was tiny by modern standards. Suffice it to say, every time I need to do some serious woodworking (replacing a window frame that had dry rot inside and out, building a doghouse for my stray cat, helping a friend with shelves), I’m forever moving table saws and cutting tables and miter saws and workbenches around the garage to keep enough room to move around and still get to the washer and dryer. This swinging tool stand gets stuff out of the way when I’m done, and isn’t that much in the way even when extended. How often do I need to get that chop saw in my pickup truck anyway? And I’d have to buy a pickup truck first too, so this stand is a winner for me.