Texts on wheels: the new “roller magazine”

T.Do yourself a favor, put the instantaneous water heater aside or, better yet, put it in the freezer. You know: your smartphone. Put 20 euros in your pants pocket and drive to a trusted newspaper store on the wheel set of your choice. There, despite all the crises of the word printed in newspapers and magazines, discoveries can still be made. Namely, those that – paper is more patient – do not always tempt us with another temptation and reliably turn those parts of our brain that are responsible for processing and storing information into wet white bread.

Perhaps you will discover the issue of the trade magazine “Kran & Bühne”, the trade magazine for anyone who has to transport heavy loads. Or “Meine Schuld,” a magazine where women reportedly give “insight into their real life” and talk about “great hopes and bitter disappointments.” Whether “happiness in love or family drama, erotic experiences or existential problems: readers find out everything here!”

If you are lucky, however, you will get an issue of “Roller Skate Magazine”, the magazine “for all inline skaters”, but not only: According to their own assessment, they offer: “Information, variety, DIY (do it yourself), fun, history, culture, love in ice skating and networking ”. What else do you want Of course, “roller skates”, this supposedly harmless means of transport, is just a Trojan horse for the sympathetic punk attitude with which this publication is published – less (but also) in a rebellious sense, and more in the sense: Everyone can and should play music and write a magazine.

Dream job: “Skate-Guard” in a roller skating disco

It was also from this direction that the idea of ​​equipping a shoe with wheels came about: everyone should be able to slide. This is what the Belgian creator of musical instruments, Jean-Joseph Merlin, thought already in 1759, who mounted two rollers on the plates and fastened them under his shoes in order – according to a traditional story – to slide on the stage while playing the violin, but without thinking about the appropriate mechanism where it is said to have been stopped by a wall.

The text “Tanzboden” about the broadly understood nostalgia for roller skating disco, in which a roller skating enthusiast talks about the Königsplatz in Kassel, is rightly read in “Rollschuhmagazin” (the format markings seem inappropriate here somehow). It was suitable for “running up from the next higher corner of the street, at Stoffhaus am Kö”, “to drive at speed to Königsplatz and jump over the bench” – “No, sorry, over two benches, three benches.” Sometimes he honked loudly when the bus crossed the route, but: “Nothing ever happened.” But the trouble was when people volunteered to work without a “traffic jam” to work as a “inline skating guard” at a roller disco.

Be visible: The fourth issue of the rollerblade magazine deals with the depths of space.


Be visible: The fourth issue of the rollerblade magazine deals with the depths of space.
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Photo: Roller magazine

In turn, the interview with Angela Gawlik from the Institute of Psychology of the German University of Sports in Cologne goes far beyond the movement of skating. It explores the “promotion of self-medication”, especially in patients with diabetes or heart disease, and how these people can motivate themselves to positively influence their health in the long term. It is based on clear target agreements in line with the “SMART” method: it calls for objectives to be “specific, measurable, accepted, realistic and timed”. So not only do I want to be fitter, but I want to be fit enough in two months to outdo or contend with my neighbor’s rottweiler.

All of this is set in motion with a slightly relaxed look, only a sometimes confusing layout, and a colorful bouquet of inlays, strings, and “little pieces” that make a claim of modern style and style, but without that claim – as is often the case – become the only content.

In issue 3, you should motivate readers to adopt the so-called plank position, i.e. touching the floor lying down only with your forearms and toes. It also presents 14 things to think about while holding this strenuous position, including whether you can realistically imagine how every object around you feels on your tongue. In the case of a “roll magazine” it is a kind of edible paper for the soul.

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