Author Jim Shepard, who has written for The New Yorker and The Paris Review, contributes a short story set in a hut perched on a wind-blasted slope of the Weissfluhjoch, 3,500 meters above Davos. The photographs of Sze Tsung Leong explore the urban fabric of China and its continual erasure and change, and the constant disparity between its history and its future. Leong’s work has been included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Galleries of Scotland, among others. An insight provides an investigation into the future of the book in the digital age, with contributions on publishing ‘from Gutenberg to the tablet’ by writer and technologist James Bridle, and interviews with Justin McGuirk of Strelka Press, product designer Robert Brunner, journalist and Atavist co-founder Evan Ratliff, ‘tech optimist’ Craig Mod, and cover designer and typographer David Pearson, while the writer Alessandro Ludovico highlights 100 differences/similarities between paper and the pixel.
The issue also features an interview with Edwin Frank from the acclaimed NYRB Classics series by Tim Small, poetry from Uljana Wolf, a short story in translation by Marija Knežević, and a collection of illustrations from Kunstformen der Natur, the work of 19th-century biologist Ernst Haeckel.