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Joobin Bekhrad

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About Me

I'm a writer and editor whose work has appeared in some of the world's most renowned publications (e.g. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, CNN, and the BBC). My freelance writing aside, I'm the Canadian Desk Editor of ArtAsiaPacific and a reader at the Harvard Review. Previously, I edited and managed Reorient and served as the first-ever Online Guest Editor of Columbia University's Columbia Journal. I'm also the author of seven books of fiction, essays, and poetry, which have received praise from such individuals as Simon Napier-Bell, historian Tom Holland, PR legend Alan Edwards, author Hooman Majd, and Monocle Books Editor Georgina Godwin. 

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My Writing Samples

The Least-Known Most Influential Man in Fashion

In 2017, I was commissioned to write a piece on Marc Bolan's sartorial legacy for the New York Times. In addition to doing so, I also interviewed fashion icons Paul Smith and John Varvatos, as well as PR legend Alan Edwards, Zowie Broach (Head of Fashion at London's Royal College of Art), and Oriole Cullen of the V&A Museum. The article appeared both online and in print, and was republished by The Independent.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/fashion/marc-bolan-london-fashion-week.html

London Museum Focuses on Frida Kahlo as a Style Icon

In 2018, the Washington Post commissioned me to cover the V&A Museum's 'Frida: Making Herself Up' exhibition. For the purposes of the piece, I interviewed the curators as well as Salma Hayek.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/london-museum-exhibition-focuses-on-frida-kahlo-as-a-style-icon/2018/07/05/5d474cbe-73cf-11e8-b4b7-308400242c2e_story.html?utm_term=.11afd7b145fd

Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood: Painting is My 'God-Given Talent'

An interview I did with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones for CNN.

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ronnie-wood-art/index.html

A Masterclass in Songwriting from Johnny Marr

An interview I did with music icon Johnny Marr for leading menswear magazine Another Man. Two of my other stories for the publication were amongst its ten most-read of 2017.

http://www.anothermanmag.com/life-culture/10616/masterclass-songwriting-tips-guide-johnny-marr-interview

How to Recreate Paul Weller's Most Stylish Moments

A Paul Weller-themed style guide I wrote for GQ in 2018. I've been regularly penning style guides for the publication since April 2018.

https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/gallery/paul-weller-most-stylish-moments

The T-Shirt: A Rebel With a Cause

A story about the T-shirt I put together for the BBC, for which I interviewed fashion legends Barbara Hulanicki and Katharine Hamnett, as well as Dennis Nothdruft, curator of London's Fashion and Textile Museum. Since 2017, I've written over ten stories for the BBC.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180202-t-shirts-the-worlds-most-expressive-garment

A Love Letter to a Grittier, Punk-Accented New York

An interview I did with Blondie co-founder Chris Stein for The Art Newspaper.

https://www.theartnewspaper.com/preview/a-love-letter-to-a-grittier-punk-accented-new-york

Keith Richards: Elegantly Wasted

A feature I wrote about Keith Richards for British menswear magazine The Rake. The story appeared both online and in print.

https://therake.com/stories/icons/keith-richards-elegantly-wasted/

A Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar Exhibition Provides a Timely Reminder of Life’s Essentials

In 2018, France's Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar commissioned me to write an advertorial about its founder's exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery that year. The piece was approved by The Independent, which published it on March 29.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/a-sassan-behnambakhtiar-exhibition-provides-a-timely-reminder-of-life-s-essentials-a8268841.html

Experience

Founder and Editor

Company: Reorient Magazine

I worked there from 1/2012 until 1/2018

Canadian Desk Editor

Company: ArtAsiaPacific

I worked there from 1/2018 until now

Reader

Company: Harvard Review

I worked there from 11/2018 until now

Online Guest Editor

Company: Columbia Journal

I worked there from 9/2016 until 11/2016

Content I Write