Issue 7 is out now. You’ve been privatised, pathologised, indebted and exploited. Civil society is disintegrating, and hard-won freedoms are being undone. Yet from this maelstrom has emerged an intense clarity: a desire for sobriety, self-control, altruism, generosity, and the pursuit of mental and physical wellbeing. We are more aware, informed, engaged, and alert to social injustices – particularly of race, gender and geography. We are woke.
But is this miraculous awakening to structural inequalities true or merely tokenistic? Is wokeness a fad, or a systemic, generational shift in social ethos?
Real Review magazine is a quarterly contemporary culture publication from the UK with the strapline “what it means to live today”. Our agenda focuses on the politics of space, and trying to understand how everyday conditions enforce and reinforce power relations. Through engaging analysis, evaluation and enquiry, the Real Review pursues what it means to live today. The magazine is the flagship publication of the REAL foundation.
Inside this issue
NICHOLAS KORODY reviews property-themed porn (with artwork by GIULIA MARSICO). JACK SELF critiques everyday life, and MARIO CARPO reviews the invention of design. LUIS GOVELA reviews CBD oil (and what remains of stoner subculture), while FRANCESCA SOBANDE reviews the act of cultural appropriation. EMMA CAPPS reviews finding a new home (photography by MAX CREASY) and PATRICK MCGRAW reviews what it means to be hardcore. JAMES TAYLOR-FOSTER looks backwards at work by THOMAS DEMAND, while MARK COUSINS reviews the poetry of the poor.
Luis Ortega Govela