Benji Knewman he is a man of about 42 who is trying to be genuine and who at times seems to be able to be genuine following his grandfather's teachings: "Ben, how you spend your day is how you spend your life!" Today Benji Knewman is more everywhere than anywhere. Mostly he is on the road, still looking for his perfect day. And while he does, he curates a semi-annual bookazine, based in Riga, which tells stories of authentic people discovering a myriad of vocations, lifestyles and places that demonstrate that you don't have to follow the patterns to have a great life.
Dimensions: 14 x 20 cm
Number of pages: 368
Language: English and Latvian
Among the stories in this issue:
Yesterday I was watching The Marriage Story at Flicks, an independent cinema in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. A ticket to this cinema costs four dollars and is valid all day; you can watch four movies in a row if you feel like it. You have to take off your shoes at the door and there is a shelf of used books near the bar.
As a Belarusian crossing the border in the opposite direction, I have to hand over my document to the driver, at best, so that it is stamped and checked by a computer. In the worst case, you have to leave with all your stuff. I have minimized my visits to my homeland for many reasons.
When I go to the theater, I always stop and peek in different bookstores, even if the books on sale are very expensive, I can at least look at them. I find that the thick ones are the most obvious. Who writes books with so many pages? There's no time. One just needs a (interesting) beginning and a (happy) end.
It is a strange moment when an artist decides to stop making art. What happens at such a time? Nothing. The world doesn't stop. It is only he who stops in silence.