Rhapsody in the New York Times

Fantastic write up of Rhapsody, the magazine Ink publishes for United Airline’s premium-class cabins, in the New York Times this weekend gone:

Last summer at a writers’ workshop in Oregon, the novelists Anthony Doerr, Karen Russell and Elissa Schappell were chatting over cocktails when they realized they had all published work in the same magazine. It wasn’t one of the usual literary outlets, like Tin House, The Paris Review or The New Yorker. It was Rhapsody, an in-flight magazine for United Airlines.

It seemed like a weird coincidence. Then again, considering Rhapsody’s growing roster of A-list fiction writers, maybe not. Since its first issue hit plane cabins a year and a half ago, Rhapsody has published original works by literary stars like Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, Amy Bloom, Emma Straub and Mr. Doerr, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction two weeks ago.

As airlines try to distinguish their high-end service with luxuries like private sleeping chambers, showers, butler service and meals from five-star chefs, United Airlines is offering a loftier, more cerebral amenity to its first-class and business-class passengers: elegant prose by prominent novelists. There are no airport maps or disheartening lists of in-flight meal and entertainment options in Rhapsody. Instead, the magazine has published ruminative first-person travel accounts, cultural dispatches and probing essays about flight by more than 30 literary fiction writers.


Congratulations to Jordan, Sean, Hunter, Christos and the rest of the team. Read the rest of the article here. (Posted by AndrewH)

Well this is cool

New York magazine, which is without argument the absolute best magazine in the world, included Ink’s Rhapsody magazine in a round-up of the month’s ‘Best Entertainment Photography‘ – alongside shots from Vanity Fair, Nylon, GQ and Interview.

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The shoot with actor Christoph Waltz, ran in the January issue of Rhapsody; it was photographed by LA-based Kurt Iswarienko and shot at the Red House in the Hollywood Hills, art directed by jubilant Tottenham Hotspurs supporter Christos Hannides.

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(Posted by AndrewH)

Better than Rolling Stone

Apparently music blogger Bob Lefsetz is big news. He’s the author of the Lefsetz Letter, on which he posts at length bits of analysis and rants. He actually has the attention of the music industry, to the extent that the targets of his abuse often respond in person, then wind up taking him out to dinner or debating with him on TV. Wired magazine did a whole feature on him back in 2012. Anyway, point is he also sends out a by-subscription email letter and this was in it today:

Oh, baby baby, I didn’t know Max Martin wasn’t his real name!

Every month I get a care package from Ralph. A legal envelope from the U.K. filled mostly with obituaries, the English do it much better, and ski stories (Did you know you could go heli-skiing in Iceland in June? I’m gonna start a Kickstarter to fund my trip, ha!) and odds and ends like this story from a Norwegian flight magazine about…Swedish music producers!

That’s right, Spotify is not the only Swedish export, the only thing tearing apart the fabric of the American music business. Hell, I learned more reading this piece than in a year’s worth of Rolling Stone.

The piece he’s referring to is the cover story of the current issue of n By Norwegian, which you can read here. And then cancel your Rolling Stone subscription.

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The illustrations for the story, BTW, are by Thomas Burden, who says his work is best described as ’60s and 70s National Geographic meets 80s and 90s Argos catalogue’. It was written by n By Norwegian editor Toby Skinner. (Posted by AndrewH)

Norwegian noted


The excellent It’s Nice That design website has a post up about the illustrations David Sparshott produced for N by Norwegian magazine to accompany a story on the return to service of a luxurious private train that once belonged to Yugoslavia’s Marshall Tito. Conceived by art director Rickard Westin and editor Toby Skinner, the commission involved illustrating over the top of photographs of the train interiors. (Posted by AndrewH)

Flying High, sipping whiskey, reading Rhapsody in first class

“People are cutting so many corners and writing things in house or trying to find the up and coming journalist rather than somebody who is incredibly experienced and is a great writer.”

Simon Leslie, group publishing director of Ink, is interviewed by Mr. Magazine about Rhapsody (see previous post) – read the piece here.

You saw it here first

At the end of last year Thomas Cook Travel did a profile and interview with the Chiappa sisters, stars of Channel 4’s Simply Italian TV show. Art director Julia Murray commissioned photographer Rahel Weiss to do shoot their portraits, and the results were great:

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So good, in fact, the shots turned up here, on the sisters’ website…


…and here as the cover of the girls’ new cookbook. (Posted by AndrewH)