The White Review

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The White Review

The White Review is a new arts, culture and politics quarterly, published in print and online, and established on a non-profit economic model. Edited, designed and defined by an emergent generation of London-based writers, artists and cultural commentators, the magazine will seek to exploit the paucity of serious, intelligent and politically engaged arts publications in the UK.

The White Review is a new arts, culture and politics quarterly, published in print and online, and established on a non-profit economic model. Edited, designed and defined by an emergent generation of London-based writers, artists and cultural commentators, the magazine will seek to exploit the paucity of serious, intelligent and politically engaged arts publications in the UK.

The name – the White Review – is a reference to La Revue Blanche, a Parisian political, literary and artistic magazine which ran from 1889 to 1903. Politically, La Revue Blanche fought against the injustices of its time. In addition to defending Dreyfus as early as 1898, La Revue Blanche also denounced the evils of colonialism and the Armenian genocide amongst other events of political significance. It stood at the forefront of the avant-garde artistic scene, notably promoting the neo-Impressionists and Art Nouveau. Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard, and Vuillard were amongst the artists who illustrated La Revue Blanche, which also kept up to date with the wider artistic scene.

On the literary front, La Revue Blanche’s record is equally as impressive. In addition to publicising the ideas of major thinkers such as Nietzsche, Tolstoy, and Stirner, the journal played host to a new generation of major writers and thinkers. Marcel Proust, André Gide, Léon Blum, and Guillaume Apollinaire all contributed early writings to La Revue Blanche. The White Review will seek to follow in the footsteps of La Revue Blanche by providing a platform for a new generation of writers, thinkers, and artists to break through in an otherwise saturated industry. By offering a combination of unpublished fiction, essays on the arts and politics and long interviews with significant individuals in their fields, the White Review will try to revive the spirit of La Revue Blanche, with its attendant openness to new ideas, art, literature, and radical politics.

In light of the recent public funding cuts in the arts world, we are seeking the help of generous philanthropists who share our conviction that emerging talents deserves greater exposure. Funding for our first issue, due to be printed in January 2011, will exclusively come from donations from patrons of the arts, and will cover design and printing costs. Our total budget is £7,000, and we have raised £5,000 thus far, and are appealing to you to raise the rest.

The first issue, will feature long interviews with Booker nominee Tom McCarthy, Dame Paula Rego and Andre Schiffrin, new fiction by Desmond Hogan and Patrick Langley, reportage from Somaliland and India, and a range of essays and features on the arts including some unpublished Primo Levi correspondence.

Our various donation levels are named after prominent contributors to La Revue Blanche:

£25 donation (Fénéon level): a copy of the first issue, and a mention on the website as a founding friend of the magazine for a year. All supporters of the White Review will also be invited to the launch party in early February in London.

£50 donation (Verlaine level): a copy of the first two issues, and a mention as a friend of the magazine in print and online for the duration of that year.

£100 donation (Apollinaire level): a year-long subscription and a mention as a friend of the magazine in print and online for the duration of that year. Donations at this level and above entitle the donor to participate in our collaborative editing project. Each issue will reserve a space for a piece voted on by patrons donating £100 and over.

£250 donation (Debussy level): a year-long subscription and a mention as a trustee in print and online for the duration of that year. Participation in the collaborative editing project and exclusive invitations to talks and events.

£500 (Bonnard level): a two-year subscription and trusteeship, as well as the benefits listed above.

£1,000 (Proust level): a five-year trusteeship, in addition to the benefits listed above.

Thank you very much for your support!

Ben Eastham and Jacques Testard
The Editors
www.thewhitereview.org
@thewhitereview

Ben Eastham has worked as the head of publications and senior editor for the Hannah Barry Gallery in London for two years. He has overseen numerous publications, including catalogues for major exhibitions; a series of books collecting essays from young writers and critics (Optimism, Proving Ground, Bold Tendencies); and a collection of poetry and short fiction. He has written as an art critic and reviewer for regional and national publications. He has also worked in an editorial position at Palgrave Macmillan, and worked for two years as an editor at BBC Global News. A scholar of Trinity College Dublin in the subjects of Literature and Philosophy, he specialises as an editor in contemporary art criticism and non-fiction.

Jacques Testard is a freelance writer, editor, and translator based in London. From May to October 2010, he was in charge of Week in Review for the Sunday Times’ News Review. Prior to this, he worked at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Columbia University Press, the Paris Review, and the Éditions Autrement over the last year. He has written for various publications including the Sunday Times, the Indian Express, nonfiction.fr, and Notes From the Underground. He has also worked as a translator for Autrement, and for Philip Gourevitch, a New Yorker staff writer and ex-editor of the Paris Review. He has degrees in History from Trinity College, Dublin, and Worcester College, Oxford.

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Debussy level: a year-long subscription and a mention as a trustee in print and online for the duration of that year. Participation in the collaborative editing project and exclusive invitations to talks and events.

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Proust level: a five-year trusteeship and subscription, in addition to the benefits listed above

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