This is the first time I have reviewed a magazine, but it is so outstanding that it deserves to be treated as more than just a magazine. The Outpost is an exceptional publication coming from Beirut. Being Lebanese, and of the same generation as the magazine’s target, it would seem biased for me to feel this way, and perhaps that is what has given me & many other twenty-something year olds from the region a deep connection to its content. However, the increasing recognition & positive international reviews the magazine is receiving, illustrates that it is of superior caliber as an independent publication in its own right. That it comes from Beirut & focuses on the Middle East is just a bonus. Having only just published its fourth issue, it is already being sold in cities across the global including London, New York & Sydney.
The Outpost has a purpose. It gives the youth and generation of those who have lived & who are living there, through the continuous turmoil of the Middle East, a voice. A voice not readily heard by those outside the region & a voice of truth; one that is raw and full of integrity, and most of all full of possibility. It expresses the struggles of those who live there and resurfaces the nostalgic feelings of us who have lived there. It magnifies special nuances of the Middle East that many of us have unconsciously experienced and gives them life. A poignant, bittersweet reminder of what is, what was and what could be. A culmination of fact and fiction, with an exceptional high standard of writing & prose, or simply put “words”.
Organized in such a way that each issue is based around a theme, with the most recent being “The possibility of getting lost”, every page is mesmerizing and tackles conglomeration of social, cultural, historical, political and contemporary issues with thought provoking, sophisticated detail and design.
It is uncensored and honest, putting a spotlight on the Arab youth and its contemporary culture with creative complexity. Paired with a high standard of visual design, photography and vintage advertisements from the Arab world, each page is rich with meaning.
For the Middle East, it offers the unaware a possibility to discover, while giving many of us, the possibility of being heard.