THE HAPPY READER - ISSUE No.13
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.
For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained.
The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles.
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.
ISSUE NO. 13
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.
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