Short Story


She has always been there, my darling. She is, in fact, exquisite. Fireworks in the dull middle of February and as real as a cast-iron pot.

News From Home

Eating Out

Led by an insatiable appetite for flavour and pleasure, Sharyfah Bhageloe journeys through the streets of Rotterdam via one of our favourite tools: the mouth. Some hidden, some infamous and…

Commissioned Visual Contribution

Team Thursday

‘I got pearls beneath my legs, my lips, my hands, my hips (U-N-I-Q-U-E)’ From Beyoncé’s ‘Alien Superstar’ in Renaissance, 2022. A commission for Extra Extra, 2023. Courtesy:…

Short Story


I squeeze a mango and make soft dents in its flesh. A shiver runs down my spine. I always touch fruit before I buy it. I drop the deep-purple…

Short Story


‘No, don’t go inside me,’ she said, ‘I’m not ready yet.’ That was a lie. She was always ready right away, especially with him. He hovered…

News From Home

Incredibly Fit

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fitness No: 1…

Commissioned Visual Contribution

Bathers at Midnight

Bathers at Midnight, 2018–23, A commission for Extra Extra, 2023 Courtesy: Priscila Fernandes  …

Commissioned Visual Contribution

Adrianus Kundert

  Adrianus Kundert, Mechanical Erections A commission for Extra Extra magazine, 2022  …

News From Home

Exchanging Landscapes

Pictures of a parched vista fill Maureen Ghazal’s phone screen – arid mountains and olive groves sent by her lover, Y. In Rotterdam, the city built on the…

Short Story


The calathea is also known as the ‘living plant.’ Which is odd, because every plant is alive, until it’s dead. But the calathea does something special that makes it…

Long Read Interview

Studio Ossidiana on the Sentimental Scale of the City

Based in Rotterdam, Studio Ossidiana is an architecture, design and research practice. Working from the Netherlands since 2015 and led by the Italian duo Alessandra Covini and Giovanni Bellotti,…

News From Home


‘You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it – it’s the only way,’ the French poet Charles Baudelaire wrote. ‘You have to be continually…

Commissioned Visual Contribution

Koen Taselaar

  Flaccid Intermezzo, a commission for Extra Extra magazine, 2022  …

Object Of Desire


Snuggled in, over or around our ears – or in more lurid terms penetrating, pinning and cupping our ears – headphones intimately connect humans to machines in…

News From Home


Following in the footsteps of the poet Jules Deelder, remembering the novels of Mohamed Choukri, Siham Amghar finds flagrant pink post-its all over Rotterdam. Each one is like an exquisite…

Short Story


It’s the same sofa, burgundy red and sturdy, although it needs reupholstering. Seventeen years, an entire childhood, and still the same sofa. He’s careful with his things. Or he’s…

News From Home

Receiving Nudes

Climbing to the top of the 150-metre-tall, odourless Vertical City, Elfie Tromp receives nudes in a group chat: oh wow, some pictures really are too good for a one-person audience.

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Ass Tit Mag

Extra Reading

Science Fiction

It may have been the Semitotext(e) SF anthology, published in 1989, that first triggered our interest in sci-fi, from pulp escapist distractions to a viable and vibrant literary form, capturing social,…

News From Home

Possible Sex Scene Settings

Dusk arrives in Rotterdam. The tangerine sky is full of sweet promises. Bite into its peachy palette, the juices of the evening running down your chin. Elfie Tromp is your…

News From Home

Sexts, Notes and Facts

Loosely based on Chantal Akerman’s 1977 gorgeous epistolary filmic essay News from Home, Elfie Tromp pens an ode to our hometown. Wandering the city streets of Rotterdam while sexting her…

Some Thoughts On...

Sweet Nothings

  fig 1: Sugar A gander through the candy store, or a swoop through the confectionary aisle doesn’t lie: sugar takes manifold forms. From powdered…

Short Story

HIGH-TECH EROTICISM   It’s three in the morning. The deep-pile hotel carpet presses into my cheek, and my satin top crackles with static when I turn…

Short Story


‘She spoke to me last Saturday. So I’m not just a hopeless case, like my mother always says. I don’t have to die all alone and unshaven in some sordid…

Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush #2

Being part of Extra Extra, I feel privileged to pursue that luscious life, a journey driven by the grace of generosity and encounters. Over a hundred individuals have usedExtra Extra…


Objectify my Love!

“[Artist] Tracey Emin’s new husband may not talk much or do the ironing, but when it comes to fidelity, he’s a rock. Really, he’s a rock. No, you don’t understand.


Moving Statues

MOVING STATUES How to resist becoming mesmerized by the elegance of walking women? In particular, in an urban environment, the city takes shape through the pathway created by females’ gait.

Some Thoughts On...

Super-sensual Sleeves

When graphic designers engage with music, then sounds and people twist within intimate relationships. Ilke Gers offers a hole through which to see record sleeves and the world behind…

Long Read Interview

Ari Versluis on Engaging with Identity, Role Playing and Capturing the Ungraspable

Since my arrival in Rotterdam I have been fascinated with the odd Chinese pagoda, which is crammed between roads just off the park at the foot of the Euromast. Strangely…

Short Story

Metro Sex

Sex. The very thought turns me to stone. I don’t want to. I can’t. Who with? And so on. I sit at home on…

Short Story

Of Sheeps, Wolves & Apes

Once I had a lover with fur: A small, triangular patch of it. It started on his lower back and carried on down in a point to the start of…


Antje Peters