January 10th, 2006


Slow magazines

At Kikuya Bookshop you can take time over your slow magazines, bring a ton of them to a cafe table and flip through them while drinking a matcha au lait, shoot photos of them, then put them back on the shelf. Exactly the sort of anti-materialistic slow life the magazines themselves endorse!

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