I learned an interesting historical fact the other day. Upon the death of a reigning British monarch, the reason why the official announcement is ‘The King is dead, long live the King!’ is to both honour the passing of the person and to reiterate the continuing sovereignty of the role while everyone’s waiting for their successor’s coronation. In short, the person might change, but the institution remains.
Now, to be clear, I’m not comparing myself to those people who have sat on our nation’s throne – but as I take my position as The Jackal’s new Editor, I am aware I’m inheriting a superb publication that has established itself as one of the best men’s magazines on the market. And whether you’ve picked up a copy in the past for the sleek style advice, punchy cover stars or ballsy opinion pieces, I’m here to assure you that all these elements are here to stay.
However, I’m also here to shake things up a bit – and hopefully you’ll see that over in this new February/March 2019 (and even more so in our April/May issue).
Another man who’s looking to shake things up is our cover star Chiwetel Ejiofor. Having established himself as Britain’s bona fide leading man, the actor is also adding screenwriter and director to his resume with his latest project The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind. In our interview, he talks about the lack of diversity in the film industry, the epidemic of individualism in society, and how more voices need to be heard in pop culture – making him, in my opinion, exactly the sort of person Hollywood needs behind the camera right now.
We’ve also got Jack Lowden, fresh from his starring role in Mary Queen of Scots, showing you how to shake up your wardrobe with the new season’s totally tonal trend (as well as a passionate push for a second Scottish Independence referendum), plus plenty of ways to remix your routine, from flow-hacking, to project managing your personal life, to breaking out of a lunch rut at one of the best places to get West African food in the capital.
You’ll also find a few more firsts in the mix. Tom Ward helms our new creative writing section (you’ll find him writing about the meaning of masculinity), and architect Ben Pentreath kicks off our first insider’s guide to the neighbourhoods of London (read his recommendations for what to do the next time you’re in Bloomsbury).
You’ll see more changes come the next issue (reminder: we’re going up to six issues a year this year, so keep an eye out), but from fatherhood to fine wine, football to fashion, this will be a magazine that brings you the very best of what the capital has to offer and reflects what it is to be a man living and working in London today.
Welcome to the The Jackal 2.0, for men circa now.
Editor of The Jackal
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