A slow magazine for turbulent times
There’s no magazine out there quite like The Alpine Review. For its third issue, we had a lot of fun asking the big questions about the past, present and future of our little species.
We were fascinated by The Alpine Review long before it ended up in our wheelhouse, simply because it’s a magazine that plays by a completely different set of rules. Amongst those who follow the independent magazine scene obsessively, the magazine, founded by Louis-Jacques Darveau and Patrick Tanguay, stands out. It’s a giant, unwieldy beast of a thing, published sporadically, only marketing itself by word of mouth but building a fiercely loyal cult in the process. By any practical measure, it shouldn’t work, but it really, really does.
After many long stories we can tell you over beers, Patrick stepped into the editorial breach for the third issue of the magazine alongside Louis-Jacques. In a mammoth effort over the course of a year, Patrick brought in some of his most trusted writers and collaborators, not least a new editorial team of Anna Duckworth, John Di Palma and Eli Burnstein, and designer Chris Lange backing existing art director Elise Eskanazi. What we all made together is a sprawling, 400ish page journey through time and space, trying to step back from the chaotic noise of the present to figure out a few difficult things about what and why we are, who we’ve been and who we will be. But it’s also a big, fun, weird thing, full of odd moments of joy and photo essays on pinball.
For tasters, here’s Patrick’s long conversation with the great writer Barry Lopez, which Robert McFarlane called “magnificent”, and not to leave Chris out of the picture, here’s his fascinating portrait of the rapidly changing nature of urbanism in Moscow.
Behind the scenes, like he had at previous magazines he’d run, Patrick also overhauled the magazine’s distribution and e-commerce strategy, and built a whole bunch of custom software to automate things like warehouse fulfilment and subscriber communication. He’s desperate for somebody to ask him about the nerd things, so please do.
Right now, The Alpine Review is on hiatus while we all focus on other things. Will there be another issue? There’ll be something like it, when it’s ready.