Mon, 5 May 2014
Colin Marshall sits down at Monocle magazine's offices in Marylebone, London with Andrew Tuck, editor of the magazine, host of its podcast The Urbanist, and editor of its book The Monocle Guide to Better Living. They discuss how the London experience for a Monocle reader differs from that of others; how the magazine came to view the world through the framework of cities, and what they look for in a good city experience; the importance of aesthetics in all things, when aesthetics means stripped-down, timeless vitality rather than whatever more and more money can buy; the importance of slowness in everything Monocle touches; the magazine's launch in 2007, the global economic crash that happened soon thereafter, and why it began to matter even more that they covered "tangible things"; his notion that every Monocle reader has a business in them; what he found when he first came to live in London at eighteen; what he sees on his 40-minute walk to work each day, always on a different route; the city's internationalism, and what it affords an outfit like Monocle; how the prediction that the internet age would render it no longer necessary to meet people has turned into "nonsense"; the origin of the Urbanist podcast, and the episode of that show which reversed interviewer and interviewee; the "terrible trend of thinking all cities are kind of the same"; why the likes of Copenhagen, Melbourne, and Zurich rank so high on Monocle's quality of life survey; urban "wildcards" like Naples, Beirut, and Buenos Aires, which have the advantage of the "intangible"; what, exactly, the magazine has always seen in Japan; the cities that continue to generate questions, such as New York (and not "the New York people pretend they loved in the seventies"); the charge against Monocle's "aspirational" nature, and why anyone would think that a liability; the more established media companies who have stopped doing journalism in favor of "navigating the downward spiral of their titles"; the organic, human-like nature of London that still surprises; and how he wants to see whether the city grows old with him.
Direct download: NCC_S4E34_Andrew_Tuck.output.mp3
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