This Volume

There’s something deeply satisfying about having a crack at an irrational dream. And volume 15 of Smith Journal is full of people who know that feeling well.

Take Bruno Zaghis. He’s spent the last forty years single-handedly building an amusement park in the middle of an Italian forest. The idea started as a simple playground but eventually spiralled out of control. 

David Kirke is in the mix, too. The Oxford graduate was the driving force behind the Dangerous Sports Club, a group of thrill-seeking toffs who staged outlandish stunts in the name of nonconformity. His biggest claim to fame: completing the world’s first bungee jump (which he did in a top hat and tails). 

We also visit Chris Robinson, a former art director at Facebook. He constructed a wooden tsunami-proof boat after seeing freak waves devastate Japan in 2011. A lack of boatbuilding experience did little to lessen his enthusiasm – or the scale of his design.

As well, we examine sumo’s current crop of Mongolian superstars, learn the secrets of competitive whistlers and ask Robert Crumb to name the comic books that shaped his career.

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Across the ditch: volume 15 should hit stores in New Zealand on June 15. Ask your local if it's not on shelves then.

Overseas readers: We'll be with you in July, but if that's too far away you can order a copy online and we'll send it straight out.