Benji Knewman Magazine Issue 12 is available on loremnotipsum.com and full of interesting stories: 368 pages of timeless life.
Yesterday I was watching The Marriage Story in The Flicks, an independent cinema in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A ticket at this cinema costs four dollars and is valid all day; you can watch four films in a row if you feel like it. You have to take off your shoes at the door and there is a shelf of used books next to the bar.
As a Belarusian crossing the border in the opposite direction, I have to give my document to the driver, in the best-case scenario, so that it would be stamped and checked by a computer. In the worst case, you have to go to the window with your things. I have minimized my visits to my native land for all kinds of reasons.
On my way to the theatre, I peek into several bookstores. Even sale books are very expensive. But I can at least look at them. The thick ones are the most discounted ones. Who writes such thick books? There is no time. One only needs a beginning (an interesting one) and an end (a happy one).
It is a strange moment when an artist decides to stop doing art. What happens at such a moment? Nothing. The world does not come to a standstill. It is only he who stops quietly.
Benji Knewman magazine is a publication from Latvia. Life that you can read. Benji Knewman is a man, around 40 years old. He’s trying to be genuine, and it seems he sometimes manages. Just like his grandfather who used to say: “Ben, how you spend your day is how you spend your life!”. Currently Benji Knewman is more everywhere than anywhere. Mostly on the road. He’s still in search of his own perfect day. While looking for it, he curates a biannual bookazine telling stories about people who don’t pretend and who can simply be. Covering a myriad of vocations and lifestyles, as well as geographical locations, they’re living proof that you don’t have to be conventional to have a good life. In the end, everything is going to be great.
Details: Benji Knewman – Issue 12
Bilingual (English / Latvian) with a side of Russian.
140 mm x 200 mm.