Kaleidoscope | ART MAGAZINE
Kaleidoscope is a mock-up magazine project made as the final assessment for my university module in print journalism.
Kaleidoscope Magazine is the brainchild of five journalists who share an immeasurable love for art, as well as a profound annoyance for pretentious, expensive and wordy publications. Coming from very different backgrounds, we strongly believe that the arts should be accessible to everyone, both in terms of price and content. With Kaleidoscope, we are challenging the preconception that art is only for the elite by publishing simple and informative articles. We cover all arts – from graffiti to theatre, cartoons to classical painting – in several different formats: news, reviews, features, opinion pieces, interviews and much more.
Taste humanity | NEWS
What is it about YA books? | FEATURE
Over a decade into the boom in Young Adult Literature and 2014 looks like it is still yet the year that the Young Adult genre is going to be cemented as a true force.
There were 30,000 Young Adult titles published in 2009, which is a massive increase from the 3,000 titles in 1997. In the same year, publishing companies’ total sales for YA exceeded $3 billion and it has been publishers’ favourite bet ever since. To add, according to an article in The LA Times, more than a dozen publishers has launched young adult imprints. And finally, with websites such as Epicreads releasing lists of “The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Coming” every month since September in 2013 to date, it is evident that YA popularity is as strong as ever if not growing even stronger.
The genre mainly targeted at teenagers has become so popular in the past years that it has been recognized as a separate genre from Children’s and stores and libraries started having entire separate sections with rows of shelves entirely dedicated to YA.
Drawings on the wall | FEATURE
Street art has come a long way from its roots as a form of activism and pro-test from disenfranchised youths and minorities to a multi-million pound in-dustry of bona fide art form. Urban art forms has transformed the streets and communities; some would argue for the better while some thinks it re-mains an environment nuisance and eyesore.
The street art’s battle for reputation and reverence can be used as a met-aphor for an endless tunnel, where there still seems to be no sign of light. Part of the problem is that for every Banksy, there’s gonna be pointless paint-sprayed scribbles on the op-posite wall. For every politically rel-evant urban art there’s an equivalent black marker drawing of “the finger” at a bus stop.
Spotlight on the limitations of satire art | OPINION
Freedom of speech might be universal but there are limits to the effectiveness of social commentary and satire portrayed in art.
Thriving through the ‘tension between certainty and ambiguity’ | PROFILE
The banner in front of the Unity Church in Upper Street is sure to catch every passer-by’s attention. “Heathens and heretics welcome!”, it says in big bold letters. This phrase is not something normally associated with a church, if at all. But then, churches don’t normally have an atheist minister.
Rev. Andrew Pakula is from America and he came here six years ago to head the Unitarian churches in Upper Street and Newington Green. He earned a PhD in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and joined the biotechnology industry. Eventually, he left his career as a scientist to pursue a ministerial vocation. Nonetheless, he remained an atheist and even anti-religious in some ways.
A common way of dividing the world is into the religious and the atheist. Here arises the conflict between Rev. Andy’s stance about faith and religion and his job. It is intriguing or rather confusing because of the whole baggage of stereotypes associated with religion. On the contrary, he said that the word religion can mean a bunch of different things and “Depending on how you use that and what you consider to be a religion, it can be quite different.”
When you look at the fundamental core of Unitarianism the fog of confusion starts to evaporate. Rev. Andy said, “I call it a ‘way’. Let’s call it a way.
The Candle | NEWSPAPER
The Candle published one of its biggest edition with the graduation issue for the school year 2009-2010. During my senior year, I served as the student publication’s Editor-in-Chief and oversaw more than 20 other members of the organisation.