The defeatist phrase “Print is dead” is an argument that’s been building in strength since the advent of the internet. It is evidenced in the sharply angled graphs denoting billions of dollars lost, in the journalist layoffs and shuttered publications, in the soul-crushing success of online clickbait articles that cost nothing to produce and offer nothing for the reader. In an environment that seems incapable of or unwilling to float the cost of well-researched and well-written pieces, it often feels as though intellectual hope is lost, and one day all we will be left with are headlines like “This Image Will Shock and Then Amaze and Then Ruin You” and “708 Sort of Facts about the Kardashians That You’ll Never Believe.” For the literary-minded, the future looks bleak.
Within this grim new landscape, there are those offering hope–shining beacons of light in an increasingly unimaginative and intangible world. Enter Didier Lerebours, founder of New Distribution House. The online boutique serves as a cultural conduit for said beacons, offering shoppers an inspired selection of young independent publishers–those dogged champions of print. His catalogue is robust and curated, with offerings like hello mr., Galore, Office, Victory Journal, The Happy Reader, and many more. And if the recent closing of some key New York City magazine stores are any indication, online operations like New Distribution House will become increasingly important as an avenue in which to find and acquire the print that’s out there.
Here, we talk to Lerebours about French films, American ice cream, and preposterous transportation alternatives.
Place of residence:
Founder and Managing Director of New Distribution House
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A computer nerd.
Quote to live by:
“Hope for the best, plan for the worst.”
First job you ever had:
Everything except illegal [endeavors]. I do recall working at a department store.
Least favorite part of your day:
Windows down, the song you’re playing is:
I would say Dense & Pika “Colt” because I listen to B.Traits’ sets so much.
Three guilty pleasures:
Eating Ben & Jerry’s Salted Caramel ice cream.
Singing badly with headphones on.
I don’t have a third.
If you had to watch one movie on repeat for eternity, what would it be?
Lascars–in French only.
You have a million dollars to spend on art, you buy…
Give it away to a charity who fosters education for children with ADHD.
Plane, train or automobile for a trip?
Car for fun and plane for business. Train or bus are preposterous.
What IS your favorite trip?
Personal travel ethos:
Drink of choice:
Beach house or tree house:
Where was the best meal you ever had and what was it?
In a random party house at a random location at a random time.
What is the best news you ever received?
Not getting kicked out of a government-funded English language summer camp after being [found] dead drunk.
Who or what is largely overrated? Explain.
Politic. I think you know who I’m talking about.
Briefly describe the best concert you have ever gone to.
Early days of Justice in Montreal.
Where do you go for inspiration, peace of mind?
Back where it all started, which is home.