The Happy Reader Issue 13 is out now! In Issue 13 we feature Owen Wilson and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.
Owen Wilson, the movie star, loves to read. His mind is filled with quotes from favourite books, which he is able to recall at a moment’s notice. In this rare interview he invites The Happy Reader to get to know him while perusing the classic and not-so-classic titles stacked up around his home. Our Book of the Season for summer is an eternal bestseller by the Stoic philosopher, imperial life coach and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. The book is his secret diary that everyone is reading, the Meditations. With contributions from writers including Geoff Dyer and Deborah Levy and the photographer Martin Parr, the second half of the magazine tells you all you may ever need to know about nature, exercise, philosophy and love.
The magazine is centred on the concept of ‘precious print’, as embodied by Penguin Classics and Fantastic Man. It explores the myriad advantages of the printed word and image: beautiful typography, high dwell time, the matte charm of ink on paper, the calming luxury of being ‘offline’. The magazine is a design object in and of itself.
The Happy Reader is a unique magazine about reading for anyone who wishes to stay inspired, informed and entertained. With beautiful typography, the magazine is a design object which celebrates the pure pleasure of reading and the calming luxury of being offline. Each issue is split into two halves. The first half is an in-depth interview with a book fanatic and the second half gets under the skin of one classic work of literature. The concept of the magazine is excitingly simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one Penguin Classics title from an array of surprising and invigorating angles, through fashion, art, lifestyle, history, film and more. The Happy Reader is published four times per year. The magazine is centred on the concept of ‘precious print’, as embodied by Penguin Classics and Fantastic Man. It explores the myriad advantages of the printed word and image: beautiful typography, high dwell time, the matte charm of ink on paper, the calming luxury of being ‘offline’. The magazine is a design object in and of itself.
On the cover, film star OWEN WILSON, photographed at home and in the garden by Milan Zrnic
The interview: OWEN WILSON by Amanda Fortini – ‘I’m going to take this, this and this and I’m going to stack ’em up, and I’m going to read a little bit.’
Wilson’s re-reading list
The Book of the Season is MEDITATIONS by Marcus Aurelius, handwritten in Koine Greek in the second century AD and first appearing in print in 1559
Prologues: Self-help for all by Seb Emina
Gymnasium: The Stoic work-out by Massimo Pigliucci – Get some exercise
Roma: Memory is a souvenir by Geoff Dyer – Reading to a statue
Insectum: The truth about bees by Harriet Alida Lye – Actually, hives are not dictatorships
Helter-skelter by Deborah Levy – Sex, fish and palmistry
Momentum: Leave me alone by Sadie Stein – Getting up is dying out
Twelve self-help gurus in need of help
Alumnus: At the movies by Lex Paulson – The time Gladiator changed my life
The book of hibernation
64 pages, 24.5 × 17 cm, Softcover