Dan Crowe is one of the most respected editors in the literary field and is the Editor-in-Chief of PORT – the men’s magazine launched in 2011 that focuses on design, food, literary thought-pieces and interviews with men of style and distinction. He was previously the editor of AnOther Document, the literary supplement of AnOther Magazine and is also the author of the celebrated Dead Interviews – a collection of fictional interviews with deceased cultural luminaries such as Andy Warhol and The Marquis De Sade by leading writers.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
It would have to be Bouvard et Pécuchet by Flaubert: its tragically funny, contains some of the greatest writing of the 19th Century, and because it illuminates how the mainstream tends to destroy our sense of self, which is happening now more than ever. Its just a great book, both high art and literal, and very funny.
Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
For a long time it was Barack Obama–an extraordinary man, a great orator and writer and incredibly stylish. But day-to-day it’s new writers who are able to explain the world in different and exciting ways. Werner Herzog always manages to say something inspiring, even if it’s about coffee. The poet Helen Mort is wonderful.
What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I am keen to make a film about the social power of anecdote–it amazes me how stories between people can tear down barriers. I was on the verge of being violently attacked once, and got the guy to back down by telling him a really stressful anecdote that had recently happened to me, which made him tell me one back, and then we were friends.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
Sorry to be boring here but its London and New York. The people in these cities never fail to amaze me and I would really find it hard to imagine living anywhere else. London basically has everything and originates a lot of global culture.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
www.port-magazine.com plus a secret magazine project with an old friend in New York, under wraps for now!