New Escapologist Newsletter #4

Hello readers,

Welcome to the fourth edition of our occasional newsletter. We’d like to tell you how our recent launch party and zine fair went down, and to tell you about some small upcoming developments. If you hate newsletters and never want to see this one again, you can reply with a request to unsubscribe. Rest assured, however, you won’t see these very often.

1. Fifth edition available now.

Our fifth print edition is has been available for a while and is selling modestly well. It’s a splendid issue featuring Alain de Botton on status anxiety; Dickon Edwards on Quentin Crisp and the Bohemian bedsit; Reggie C. King on Erik Satie; Chris Miller on Emperor Norton; Neil Scott on beards; and plenty more. A new cover format and some elegant illustrations from talented artists like Jason Botkin and Philip Dearest (all curated by Samara Leibner) make it our most beautiful issue to date. At 106 pages, it is also our heftiest. If you’ve not ordered a copy yet, you can do so from the shop.

2. Recent events.

Last month not only saw the launch party of Issue Five but also the zine fair we organised at the student-occupied Free Hetherington in Glasgow. Big thanks to everyone who came along to both.

The website contains our blog reports of the zine fair and the

There’s also a nice page about the fair at Zine Wiki.

We’ll have another stall at a zine fair in Edinburgh on August 7th at The Forest Cafe.

3. Issue Six.

We’ve slightly altered the theme of our upcoming sixth edition. The previously announced title was ‘A Rebours’, but we’ve gone for the less esoteric title of ‘Against the Grain’. The main theme will be non-conformity as a practical Escapological virtue.

Perhaps over-ambitiously, we’re aiming for an August release so that we might coincide our launch date with the Edinburgh Festival.

4. Escapology elsewhere.

I’ve an essay called ‘The Business of Escape’ in Issue 44 of The Idler. Some of the material has been covered before in New Escapologist but I’d like to think I’ve pulled it together into a entertaining and useful summary of why the Escapologist (or idler) might want to consider small entrepreneurship, Bohemia, and basic personal book-keeping. Copies can be pre-ordered at the Idler website.

Our typographer, Timothy Eyre, has an article about our typographic process in a Czech typographic journal. As well as behind-the-scenes technical information on how we produce New Escapologist, there are some nice historical recollections about how the project started in the first place. Well worth a read. With the journal’s permission, we’ll post an excerpt online soon.

I also posted a short piece about Bohemianism at the School of Life blog recently.

5. Reader Survey.

The eternally-open New Escapologist reader survey is a gigantic lug hole, waiting to hear your opinions. New readers are thanked for completing the questionnaire.

6. Help the project.

As ever, there are myriad ways you can assist in New Escapologist‘s expansion without losing any dosh. Take a look at the Help us out page if you’re interested.

Until next time,

Robert Wringham
Editor, New Escapologist


Robert Wringham is the editor of New Escapologist. He also writes books and articles. Read more at

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