Year in Review 2012: Literature

City Pages, January 2, 2013

“Another shining addition to the local magazine market this year was Thirty Two Magazine, a new Minnesota-focused journal featuring literary essays, art, film, fashion, design, and current affairs. Smart design and in-depth content keeps this magazine fresh and on the top of our reading pile.”

What we are reading: Thirty Two Magazine

Hazel & Wren, December 6, 2012

“Thirty Two Magazine is a fresh new face in the world of Minnesotan magazines, literary, or otherwise. Thirty Two falls into that latter category of otherwise. While they include literary essays, poems, and more, they also include interviews, articles about local fashion, a breed of investigative journalism, contemporary art, current affairs, and Midwest design features, all just in their second issue. In their own words, it’s a gathering of ‘Minnesota minds exploring our times.’”

“Most of all, what I love is that this is a magazine about hybridity; it embodies a sentiment of bringing together these separate, diverse communities of literature, art, fashion, film, design, and current events together under the contextual umbrella of a contemporary Minnesota. And let me tell you, Thirty Two, it feels good to be a Minnesotan.”

Twin Cities Books with Mary Ann Grossmann

Pioneer Press, October 30, 2012

Thirty Two magazine: Current affairs and culture — and all on paper

MinnPost, July 26, 2012

“It is not a literary magazine, although it includes literary topics and voices, and it is not a regional magazine, although it aims to capture the essence of what life here is all about. With a conspicuous lack of botox ads and restaurant reviews, Thirty Two is unlike any other local publication — although fans of the departed Rake magazine will draw comparisons to that publication’s smart writing and ambitious ideas.”

The Line: A Conversation with Katie Eggers: Chronicling the New Twin Cities with a Global Eye

The Line Media, March 23, 2012

“German-born Katharina Eggers has studied politics in Paris, taught in Thailand, and worked as a UN-EU liaison in Brussels. Now this young, internationally connected overachiever is preparing to launch a print magazine that will highlight the Twin Cities’ connections to the nation and the world.”

The Kickstarter Chronicles

Columbia Journalism Review, August 10, 2012

I’ll be honest: I don’t know much about Minnesota. I’ve never been there, and for an embarrassingly large part of my childhood I thought it was called “Mini-soda” and it always made me thirsty when I heard someone mention it. So I didn’t know if Thirty Two, a new bimonthly print magazine based in the Twin Cities area, was truly a worthy venture. Fortunately, I was able to contact C.J. Sinner, my former classmate and Minnesota native who is now the multimedia producer at St. Paul Pioneer Press. “C.J. Sinner,” I asked her; “Can Minnesota use a new magazine?” Her answer: “Yes.”

Katharina Eggers clearly agrees. The East German-born co-founder and editor now lives in Minneapolis, a place she says is full of good stories waiting to be told—and told beautifully, if the pictures of the magazine on its website and Kickstarter campaign page are any indication. This was intentional, Eggers told CJR in an email: “We figured, if we are on paper, we might as well go all the way and make reading a pleasant experience that touches more than one sense.” To that end, the magazine itself is printed on “matte, almost velvet-like paper.”

Thirty Two Magazine: Minnesota as seen from the outside and the inside out

Twin Cities Daily Planet, June 20, 2012

“Where Eggers and crew have the supreme advantage over other publications is that the story is written from an outsider’s perspective. Everyone who lives here knows how great it is, but what long-lasting transplants (like me) can forget, and what lifers here never come to know, is the amazement and joy of that discovery.”

“One hefty and idealistic goal of Thirty Two is to push the culture of Minnesota out into the international sphere, which is something that Eggers, originally from Germany, is very adamant about. “We need to keep pushing forward. We’re a great city but we could be even better,” she says.”

Two new additions to the St. Paul literary scene set to launch this week

Knight Arts, June 13, 2012

“The start-up is entering a crowded and beleaguered media landscape, but doing so loaded for bear, with lofty aspirations and a masthead full of Minnesota-based contributors who’ve made their names in much bigger publishing markets.”

Hey Minneapolis, we’ve got issues. 

MPLS.TV, June 23, 2012

“There’s a renaissance in publishing happening here in the city, and it’s happening right now. […] Journalism isn’t a “dying field,” not in this city or in any other. It’s evolving, sure, but that’s what great art does as time moves forward.  […] Times change, but as long as there are artists, there will be people who want to consume that art.”