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Wednesday, July 24, 2002
Is there such a thing as cultural inevitability? There's certainly a sense that sometimes, everything is strangely symbiotic: the same idea crops up all over the place, all at once. Perhaps this has less to do with symbiosis and more to do with long lead times and loose tongues. Two 'alternative' motoring titles appeared within a few months of each other at the start of this year, each hoping to take the glossy magazine's combination of glamour and grit and apply it to the relatively conservative motoring market. Intersection is produced by the team that created Dazed and Confused, amongst others. Like that title, it suffers a little from being an extended homage to a loosely defined in-crowd: not always a pleasant experience. Art direction and design are top notch, however, as is most of the writing. There's just an imperceptible feeling of unease.

In contrast, Carl's Cars has a less rigid design and a friendlier feel, almost as if it were a 'zine that made it into full-scale production. Strikingly similar in terms of overall aesthetic (especially in terms of photography), Carl's also benefits from the warm and earnest tone created by translation into English, or at least achieved by writing English as a second language. Besides - how many motoring magazines are produced in Oslo?

It started raining almost as soon as yesterday’s sunshine link went up; that slow, speckly London summer rain that felt as if it wasn’t there at all. But then we saw this gallery of Japanese ice cream flavours on metafilter, and the thought of Squid Sundae Surprise put us right off a cloudless sky.