Launch of Deuce Issue #1
Over the past 9 months, Jack and I have been burning the midnight oil trying to get our very first collaborative project out into the world. From what started as a tiny idea borne out of optimistic supposition over evenings of wine has now finally come to fruition.
Meet Deuce, an independent online publication that’s yours to right-click, save-as, share, like, and click through as you please. Focusing on the work of creative duos, complementary opposites, emerging talent and things that ironically belong together, Deuce is a uniquely themed publication that features well-researched, long-form articles for a digital audience.
To say that Deuce was a collaborative effort between Jack and I sells our magazine short. Without our international team of 12+ contributors, we would just be publishing white space. But there’s another reason that we’re so appreciative of all our contributors: they all volunteered. Replying to ad on Pedestrian in droves, all of our writers worked for nada but a byline in our publication.
Paying writers for their work is a topic of much contention at the moment. The world does not value the creative industry, and interns are so often exploited with the promise of exposure and kudos. Jack and I don’t condone these practices, which are now all-too-common within the media, fashion and music industries. Not because we’ve been interns ourselves and the plight of struggling writers hits all too close to home, but because as editors and mentors we know how hard it is to create. Researching, planning, interviewing, transcribing, writing, re-writing and culling all require copious amounts of brain capacity and energy. As an ex-journalist for Fairfax, Jack understand the physical and mental exertion required to reach deadlines with copy that sells a publication. As a web copywriter by trade, I can appreciate the brain drain a creative writer gets from trying to make an un-sexy subject sound appealing. It’s a common adage that writers do not enjoy writing, but enjoy having written. Personally, this is a sentiment I feel a strong affinity with. Good writing is hard work, but too many publishers now answer n invoice inquiries with excuses surrounding “budget restraints”. As if to say a budget is a rigid, uncontrollable and omniscient structure.
For the record, Deuce does not have a budget (unless you count the extra cash I might have left over at the end of the month to maybe buy a new website template or renew our domain name). We don’t pay our writers, and we don’t pay ourselves. But the day we make our first $1 from Deuce, we’ll be divvying it up and sending it to the people who worked so hard to make Deuce happen.
Enough of the gushing already, have a read of it here.
What they wore
"It’s sad these days to walk around the streets of the United Kingdom and see so few people wearing real statement items of clothing that define their interests. And I don’t mean someone on the Kingsland Road wearing an M&S bag as a dress, I mean real uniforms of taste like the old days. This blog, What We Wore, allows members of the public to submit photographs of themselves in their glory days wearing pieces of clothing they feel defined them at the time. From the guy who wore love beads in the 90s because they were “compulsory” to the girl who didn’t feel her crop-top outfit was complete without Tommy Girl perfume, all these stories are funny, touching and reminiscent of people who just wanted to have fun and be cool."
We still don’t have a good way of talking about pursuing friendship. Years of style-section trend stories have documented modern problems with finding and forging friendships. The term “friend crush” gets thrown around, or its gendered cousin, the “girl crush.” (See the lovely ’zine and popular Tumblr on the subject.) And, as has become de rigueur for low-level social insecurities, a few apps have appeared to help people forge friendships. A new one called Ketchuppp promises to help you make time for people you love platonically. And when I interviewed Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen, he told me they hope the app will eventually be widely used to find friends, not just make dates. “In every kind of relationship there’s a person being pursued and a person who’s a pursuer,” he says.
But most of our courtship narratives are still romantic, which really tends to obscure the importance of friendship’s early stages, and downplay the thought and skill that goes into cultivating meaningful platonic relationships."