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A Q&A with John Safran

Saturday June 17, 2017

In his new book, Depends What You Mean by Extremist, scallywag-turned-social-commentator John Safran plunges into the mad world of “Australian deplorables”. We spoke with him about dealing with conflict, combating racism with humour, and whether we’re all truly screwed.

You can virtually smell the old books in these photos of Europe's most architecturally significant libraries. They were snapped by Thibaud Poirier, who gained access to the continent's best book rooms while they were closed to the public. A bibliophile's dream.

We’re as surprised as anyone, but watching the people on this tiny Scottish island make tweed by hand is utterly captivating.

Come Work at Smith Journal

Wednesday June 14, 2017

Get out your notebook and dust off that resume: we're looking for a creative, detail-oriented journalist/editor to join us as Smith Journal's new Assistant Editor and Online Editor.

Lego for Urban Planners

Wednesday June 14, 2017

These building blocks let architects, urban planners and children big and small design their own cities – and tear them down again in a fit of pique.

Meet Your Maker Wrap Up

Tuesday June 13, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, the winemaking guns at Running With Bulls threw a party for a few lucky Smith readers. Here’s our wrap-up of the Mediterranean-inspired feast, in all its bacchanalian glory.

Once upon a time, when a TV station wanted a logo to broadcast at the end of a show, they turned to physical models made of metal and wood. We look at the designers who put some of these surprisingly tactile emblems together. 

Ukraine banned Soviet symbols in 2015. But statues of Vladimir Lenin can still be found – hidden in forests and private collections. These photographers went on the hunt for the country’s illicit monuments. 

Drop the smartphone: these tiny arcade cabinets are perfect for all your retro gaming needs.

The once-bustling 530-acre site is now a mecca for urban explorers, and a metaphor for the hubris of early ’90s futurism.