Where do great new magazines come from, and how do we find out about them? To answer that first question: we don't know (the magazine stork?) To answer the second: Angry Man Magazines.

Offscreen is a magazine about people who build software. This may sound really nerdy - but it's not. These people are the classiest artisans this side of carpentry and they're building business empires.

Ben's Books: Running Dogs

Thursday April 26, 2012

An admission up front: Ruby J. Murray's debut novel Running Dogs will intially get your attention because of its incredible cover - a delicate series of leaves that form a skull, illustrated by London artist Florence Boyd.

Indie Game: The Movie

Tuesday April 24, 2012

This new doco paints a fascinating portrait of the major players in the independent gaming movement - developers pushing at the outer limits of what we consider to be 'video games'.

Sunday reading: Matt Taibbi

Sunday April 22, 2012

Most journalists report the news - they don't get involved in it themselves. But most journalists aren't Matt Taibbi.

You know the story: Old-school superheroes come together, form 'super group', beat up bad guy, keep folks happy. Well, this has echoes of that.

Sunday reading: n+1

Sunday April 15, 2012

n+1 is a literary journal about American culture. It's a youthful rival to the New Yorker, Paris Review and McSweeney's Believer, but slightly more approachable and not as snooty.

Ben's Books: Floundering

Thursday April 12, 2012

Reading about the neglect of children is hard, but Romy Ash's debut novel Floundering makes a hideous situation compulsive.

Sunday reading: Meatpaper

Sunday April 08, 2012

Not just for carnivores, Meatpaper is a mag for anyone interested in why humans do (and eat) what we do.

The Old Man and The Sea

Saturday April 07, 2012

"Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated."