Smith Journal | Volume 19

Smith Journal

SMITH JOURNAL is a quarterly publication aimed at men and read by interested folk. A friendly guide to all things creative, intriguing, genuine and funny – full of stories, people, adventures, interesting conversations and gentlemanly style... something that looks good, but has substance, wit and inspiration. At a time when everything seems like it’s speeding up, Smith is a call to slow down. It’s about remembering, reviving and revamping forgotten traditions, skills and technologies, and backpedaling just enough to appreciate the good stuff in life. Not particularly obsessed with being the coolest, the biggest or the first in line, but interested in making things that last.

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This volume is an atlas of unpredictable pathways – stories of people who reckoned they knew where they were going before veering off-road completely, managing to avoid the potholes along the way.

Cop Mathew Rejis is the ultimate cover boy in that regard – the tech head and jokester started out at an indie record label and worked for Apple, but then fooled everyone he knew by joining the LAPD. He’d be the first to agree that life would be as boring as a bucket of hair if it came with a street map.

And then there’s architect Galina Balashova, who was beavering away on memorials and parks until being tapped on the shoulder for something far loftier – the interior design of Soviet spaceships. She managed to sneak some subversively domestic elements into the rockets, all under the noses of scientists who were none too thrilled to have a woman in their midst.

Moviemaker Lloyd Kaufman, full of peace, love and the ’60s, was all set to be a social worker before being led astray by his film society roommate at college. Who needs to save the real world when you can get the Toxic Avenger to do it for you on the big screen?

While we’re taking you down alleys and byways, you can get some ideas for redesigning the human body, learn about brainy birds and read about a bloke who went halfway around the world on a postie bike. Come along for the ride.

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