Issue 58

Outdoor Beauty

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Editor’s Note

No.58 — NEW MEXICO(2018) 

Naturally Higher in New Mexico


When in New Mexico you can pick big fluffy clouds out of the sky. Or so it feels. And you’re eyes travel beyond the horizon and see an invisible sea. Or so it feels. And in the evening the Milky Way washes your head with twinkling star dust. Or so it feels. And the smell of a few precious drops of rain hit the dry desert dirt and turn your nose into a snout which effortlessly sucks in the delicious smell of piñóns. Or so it feels. And just as you become drunk on nature a storm of color and light flashes oranges, reds, pinks and greens before your eyes and you begin to glide from one color spectrum to the next as if caught in an endless lullaby. Or so it feels. So it feels. It feels. Feels. Feel! 

In New Mexico, I was awe struck by a feeling that I frequently get in Japan but had never felt in the United States. I was struck by a feeling of culture, deep culture, a culture that was respectful of both people as well as the land, I felt this culture in the air, in the artwork, in the crafts, in the pueblo architecture and in the hearts of the individuals we met during our travels. New Mexico is filled with a strong Native American culture, it also has inherited a Spanish culture and Mexican culture and most recently a Western culture. Today these cultures combine to create a truly ‘new’, ‘New Mexico’. 

Georgia O’Keeffe who lived in, painted, and explored New Mexico for over 40 years is the focus for our New Mexico ‘Outdoor Beauty’ issue. She was gifted with a talent to literally paint the landscape as she saw it and in doing so bring out it’s spirit for all of us to see. She made visible the invisible and in doing so showed us the true colors of New Mexico, ‘The Land of Enchantment’. 

After following in O’Keeffe’s brushstrokes for two weeks we too began to see New Mexico as she did. O’Keeffe once said of New Mexico: “It’s something that’s in the air, it’s just different. The sky is different, the stars are different, the wind is different.” And we at Papersky believe a trip to New Mexico will make you different as well.



PAPERSKY Soundtrack For Travelers
NEW MEXICO edition

A list of Songs to enjoy over a cup of coffee, while driving, and of course while flipping through the pages of the New Mexico edition of Papersky. 

Selected by:

  1. PRECIOUS SECOND / Naïm Amor
  2. CREOLE / Naïm Amor
  3. LE TROPICANA CLUB / Naïm Amor
  4. LA VALSE DES 24H / Amor Belhom Duo
  5. RYE GRASS WALTZ / Naïm Amor & John Convertino
  6. THE PENALTY / Beirut
  7. GIBRALTAR / Beirut
  8. MIMIZAN / Beirut
  9. EAST HARLEM / Beirut
  10. O LEAOZINHO Leãozinho (Live Red Hot + Rio 2 version) / Beirut


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