Apartamento

Time well spent



Elizabeth Peyton

Observation: When you buy a book or a magazine, what you’re really buying is time. Time to get away from fast information, time to get lost in stories, ideas, theories or just idle page-turning.

I find it harder to get into books these days – the lure of the phone is too strong! But I realise that’s because the apps are designed to be as addictive as Las Vegas slot machines (it’s the apps, not the phones*). So I’m trying to ween myself off screens and spend more time with print. (more…)



What’s on your reading list?



The World of Apartamento book
Continuing on last week’s #namastayinbed theme, we’ve reached peak hygge time of year, aka annual book-buying season. December and January are the only months of the year I get time to properly absorb myself in books, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into Sally Rooney’s Normal People and Michelle Obama’s Becoming. No spoilers please!

The rest of the year, I just accept I don’t have the attention span for deep absorption books. Instead I go for dip-in-able non-fiction stuff, which is probably why I like oral histories and diaries. I’m late to Tina Brown’s The Vanity Fair Diaries but it’s on my Christmas list, as is Uncovered: Revolutionary Magazine Covers – The Inside Stories Told by the People Who Made Them  (more…)



Print matters: Apartamento, Upstate Diary, The New Garconne



Apartamento issue 19

Currently reading: The Leonard Koren interview in Apartamento. Koren authored Wabi Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, a bible that celebrates inconspicuous ‘overlooked details’, as well as writing and publishing countless other books. (more…)



Quote of the day: Karley Sciortino



Karley Sciortino on how to write

“Once all these pieces are in place, then I can start writing. And by ‘start writing’ I mean that I can start staring at a Google Docs page, occasionally writing a few sentences, but mostly just pacing back and forth across my apartment, biting my nails, making tea, checking my phone, feeling bad about checking my phone, turning my phone off, writing a few more sentences, turning my phone back on. And so on.”
Karley Sciortino, Apartamento. Thank god it’s not just me…