The concept of the Handshake Media Project was born from founding editor Dan Duffy’s love for magazines that helped pioneer the trend of New Journalism back in the 1960s (The Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, and Rolling Stone), and also from his obsession with more recent long-form interview publications like Stop Smiling and The Paris Review.
Each print issue of The Handshake contains one conversation between two artists, writers, comedians, or musicians; one interview with a cultural icon of sorts; one experimental essay; one short story by either a well-established or emerging author; and one road trip in photographs.
The Handshake Online contains all of the above, plus blog posts by the lovely and prolific Winter Goebel and other guest writers, and the Working video series and podcast, in which the Handshake Media team interviews the selfless and steadfast working class folks that make Chicago hum (in tribute to the great Studs Terkel).
Celebrity means nothing. Small talk is boring. Extend your hand.
Publisher: Handshake Media
Contributing Writers: Don De Grazia, Winter Goebel, Oliver Hunt, Lindsay Hunter, Rebecca Lyon, Ryan McCarthy, Shannon Morley Milliken, Dave O’Connor, Wyatt Robinette, Dmitry Samarov, Jacob Singer, Jake Wrenn
Web Design: Dan Duffy
Print Layout: John Steinkamp and Dan Duffy
Printing: United Graphics in Mattoon, IL
All photography Copyright 2014 Dan Duffy (unless otherwise noted).
All versions of the Handshake Logo Copyright 2014 Alise Barrett.