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Cover of Lichtwolf #28 (december 2009) with the motto "...and then everything explodes"
Lichtwolf – Zeitschrift trotz Philosophie (german for "journal despite philosophy") is a quarterly zine founded 2002 in Freiburg, Germany. It features essays, short stories and poems concerning philosophical questions, most of which are handled in a youthful colloquial tone. For the first six years every issue was written on a typewriter and illustrated mainly with drawings.
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Two pages from Lichtwolf #19 (april 2006) in the former "typewriter, pen and scissors" layout.
The first 12 issues consisted of stapled papers, from 2004 on Lichtwolf issues were published as xeroxed booklets. Since 2008 the magazine is composed entirely with the open-source DTP program Scribus while preserving the traditional "typewriter, pen and scissors" layout.
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Two pages from Lichtwolf #29 (march 2010) in current computer layout.
The zine relocated to northern Germany in 2009 and is since then being published by a small publishing house. Lichtwolf issues are distributed exclusively via internet mailorder.


Every issue is published at the beginning of a new season. Contributions deal with a certain theme or motto like forgetting, misanthropy, advertising or work, taking a more and more philosophical stance at them. Each issue also covers political events or those within the literary and philosophical scene of Germany, often in an ironical way.

Currently (April 2010) there are 29 issues of Lichtwolf plus several special issues like a small booklet portraying the life and work of Jorge Luis Borges.

Frequent contributors are Michael Helming, Norbert Hildebrand, August Maria Neander and Timotheus Schneidegger.


Email: redaktion[at]

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