Best Esoteric Publication

One of the fundamental rules of publishing is the need for consistent cover design from issue to issue, enabling readers to quickly pick out a title from the confusingly colored wall of print that is the average newsstand. But thumbing its nose at conventional wisdom is Taiwan's Han Sheng, a bimonthly magazine, every issue of which is different. One might be tall and fat, with vibrant calligraphy on the spine; another could be thin and bound in corrugated cardboard, its title hidden. Commercial insanity? Hardly. This Chinese arts and culture bible, which has been going, in one form or another, for...

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