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Magazines worth owning

Most magazines out there are nothing but filler fluff excuses for full page ads. What magazines are worth their salt?

Journals, quarterlies, etc. What do you subscribe to and keep on the shelf ?

by Anonymousreply 8612/29/2012

I stopped all magazine subscriptions about two years ago.

by Anonymousreply 112/25/2012

The French gay magazine "Têtu". It is currently the only good gay magazine in existence.

by Anonymousreply 212/25/2012

Mother Jones

by Anonymousreply 312/25/2012

OP, you sound 100 years old.

by Anonymousreply 412/25/2012

The New Yorker

by Anonymousreply 512/26/2012



London Review of Books

by Anonymousreply 612/26/2012

Cat Fancy

by Anonymousreply 712/26/2012

Fisting Times

by Anonymousreply 812/26/2012

Buzz Cuts And Flannel.

by Anonymousreply 912/26/2012

Inches (for the articles!)

by Anonymousreply 1012/26/2012

Platt's Oilgrams

by Anonymousreply 1112/26/2012

Country Life (not just for the property porn; it proves oddly useful time and again)

by Anonymousreply 1212/26/2012

Still only one guinea.

by Anonymousreply 1312/26/2012

American Prospect -- 
Biweekly liberal magazine of politics, policy and culture.

by Anonymousreply 1412/26/2012

Latin Inches.

by Anonymousreply 1512/26/2012

[quote]Latin Inches.

Hey, don't they use the metric system?

by Anonymousreply 1612/26/2012

To r6, I would add:

Lapham's Quarterly

The Nation

Communication Arts

Harvard Business Review


by Anonymousreply 1712/26/2012

Italian Vogue

by Anonymousreply 1812/26/2012

Hot Lips® Magazine Loader

by Anonymousreply 1912/26/2012

Lickity Split

by Anonymousreply 2012/26/2012

Another vote for Country Life. It was always in the home of my anglophilic grandparents, so it makes me feel secure and nostalgic. The architecture articles are wonderful and like r12 says, it can be very useful if you're into cooking or gardening. Just love it.

by Anonymousreply 2112/26/2012

What R2 said. The others are obviously good (everyone knows about The Nation and The New Yorker), or clearly jokes.

by Anonymousreply 2212/26/2012

In These Times

by Anonymousreply 2312/26/2012

Harpers. Easily the best.

by Anonymousreply 2412/26/2012

National Geographic

by Anonymousreply 2512/26/2012


It keeps me so current on everything in the world and doesn't have too many words!

by Anonymousreply 2612/26/2012

R26 = Nick Gruber

by Anonymousreply 2712/26/2012

MAD Magazine

by Anonymousreply 2812/26/2012

My 8-yr old daughter subscribes to three magazines - Skateboader, J-14 (a pop mag like Tiger Beat) and Mad (which she doesn't completely understand yet!)

by Anonymousreply 2912/26/2012


by Anonymousreply 3012/26/2012

I subscribeto Vanity Fair. I love looking at the ads, like some of the articles, too.

by Anonymousreply 3112/26/2012

Soap Opera Weekly!

by Anonymousreply 3212/26/2012

I miss Dominic D.'s scathing articles in VF.

by Anonymousreply 3312/26/2012

New Yorker has sucked since 1970s Okay, the comics are cute

New York has semi sucked since Maura Jacobson retired doing crossword

Country Life is fabulous.

I miss Connoisseur, that was a good rag.

by Anonymousreply 3412/26/2012

VANITY FAIR is terrible. I subscribed for years. I pick it up about once a year and am inevitably disappointed.

Most of the respectable titles mentioned here are just circling the drain, at least as far as their print editions are concerned. I think there is an audience for intelligent work online.

by Anonymousreply 3512/26/2012

Uncle Billy's Whiz-Bang!

Pronouncing Gazetteer

by Anonymousreply 3612/26/2012

I enjoy McSweeney's and their spin-off Lucky Peach. Great writing. Something different every issue.

Cook's Illustrated has Lots of good information to keep on the shelf.

Bitch magazine has excellent writing (yes I'm a lesbian)

by Anonymousreply 3712/26/2012

I second Lapham's Quarterly. Each issue is devoted to one theme which it explores via mostly short essays by historic figures and extensive art work. No advertising. Brilliant but not inexpensive. Available by subscription or at bookstores. If it's for you, you'll know right away. Current Winter 2013 issue: "Intoxication"

by Anonymousreply 3812/26/2012

Scientific American


by Anonymousreply 3912/26/2012

R31 - Vanity Fair isn't what it used to be, but there are still 2 or 3 really interesting in-depth articles per month.

That's what I get it for - no other magazines.

by Anonymousreply 4012/26/2012

r38 THANK YOU! I've never heard of that. It's great!

by Anonymousreply 4112/26/2012

Lapham's does look interesting - hmmm, may be worth $15 per issue.

by Anonymousreply 4212/26/2012

To my earlier "Country Life", two more:


Garden & Gun

by Anonymousreply 4312/26/2012


by Anonymousreply 4412/26/2012

WEHT STROKE magazine?

How I miss it.

by Anonymousreply 4512/26/2012

Tetu? Nope. One would like to hope, but it's just the usual fag's magazine with the usual limited range of interests. It's incredible to think that no one has produced any cultural gay magazine of the calibre of After Dark in 30 years. Hiss hiss hiss.

The World Of Interiors. Unmissable.

House & Garden (UK) Even allowing for some dating, I find 20 year old issues of this mag still compelling. I really miss the US version that Tina helmed for 5 minutes.

Country Life: always something of interest.

Vanity Fair, occasionally (has really gone off in recent years: Graydon's Camelot obsession is ridiculous, and the Hollywood issues have just been flogging a dead horse.)

Vanity Fair, Spanish edition (sexier and often more interesting than US edition).

Tatler UK occasionally. (Has had some great editors, including Tina, in the past. I recently visited a friend's country house that had wardrobes stuffed full of issues going back to the 1920s. HEAVEN.)

Elle Decor US occasionally.

Architectural Digest US, and German edition AD.

Vogue Living, Belle (Australia)

Paper Magazine. Has themed issues. Sometimes interesting. It's a Danish take on Interview magazine.

Point de Vue: french mag that covers royal interests and houses. Great photos.

US Vogue. (Needs to be checked for occasional great photography that sneaks past Anna.)

Over-rated: Fantastic Man; Monocle (makes my eyes glaze: too much irrelevant information, poorly presented and curated.)

by Anonymousreply 4612/26/2012

I enjoy owning Vogue and several other magazines.

by Anonymousreply 4712/26/2012


by Anonymousreply 4812/26/2012

Forgot a couple.

Veranda and Interiors: two wonderful shelter magazines with their own very distinctive look.

For hilarity: The Best. A high glossy magazine profiling Monaco cafe society and rent-a-royals. There are even The Best Awards, which the mag features.

For anger: Tatler, Hong Kong edition. Ever wondered about the end point of the world's disappearing rainforests? Clap your eyes on the over-oiled wives, sons and daughters of criminal Chinese and Malaysian lumber barons.

by Anonymousreply 4912/26/2012

Has anyone here checked out n+1?

by Anonymousreply 5012/26/2012

Any recs for arts and literature?

by Anonymousreply 5112/26/2012

OK, I'm treating this as a confessional. I'm embarrassed to say that I subscribe to ALL of these magazines:

Consumer Reports

Reader's Digest

Good Housekeeping

Family Circle

Entertainment Weekly


Cooks Illustrated

Cook's Country

Every Day with Rachael Ray

Everyday Food (which just died; I understand I'll now be receiving Martha Stewart Living in its place)

Bon Appetit

Westways (the SoCal AAA magazine)

Subscriptions are dirt cheap these days, and I guess I just like getting mail!

by Anonymousreply 5212/26/2012


Poets and Writers

Entertainment Weekly

Passport (its terrible but i am addicted)

by Anonymousreply 5312/26/2012

"Magazines worth owning" = 75 years old

by Anonymousreply 5412/26/2012

R46 is just wrong about Têtu. Perhaps he doesn't speak French well enough to get it.

by Anonymousreply 5512/26/2012

I love reading Vogue, because of the models, fashion and stuff.

by Anonymousreply 5612/26/2012

[quote]WEHT STROKE magazine?

It ceased publication years ago. Probably the best XXX gay magazine ever published.

by Anonymousreply 5712/26/2012

[quote]MAD Magazine

I second that!

by Anonymousreply 5812/26/2012

[quote]What's An "After Dark"?

Hand in your gay card.

by Anonymousreply 5912/27/2012

Rolling Stone



by Anonymousreply 6012/27/2012

Some big corporations look only to break even with their magazines, and cover every topic known to man. They wind up profiting from renting out their mailing lists.

by Anonymousreply 6112/27/2012

Theatre Arts

by Anonymousreply 6212/27/2012

For books: TLS, London Review of Books, NY Review of books

The New Yorker

for decor porn: The World of Interiors

Cooks Illustrated

by Anonymousreply 6312/27/2012

Rolling Stone



by Anonymousreply 6412/27/2012

At the risk of sounding like a frau, Real Simple magazine always has useful information.

by Anonymousreply 6512/27/2012

In addition to some already listed, like Lapham's, I'll add The American Scholar, and if you're from the South, Garden & Gun.

by Anonymousreply 6612/27/2012

Wallpaper Monocle

by Anonymousreply 6712/27/2012

I get two magazines. One is the American Radio Relay Leagues QST magazine. The other is Make Magazine.

by Anonymousreply 6812/27/2012

I love Vanity Fair. It seems that each issue has several interesting stories that tone down the hoi polloi activities of NYC. Plus, every so often they have salacious stories involving famous people. Loved stories about Nan Kempner and the Eden Roc hotel and their famous clients.

I loved VF so much, I paid $250 for a "lifetime" subscription in 1985. Three years ago, VF contacted me and requested I send a picture of my state ID to prove I am me. When I moved last year VF requested I prove I was me again. If you do the math vs. buying each issue retail, I really got the better deal. For me, VF has been free since 1992.

I also subscribe to EW, if only for their book reviews.

by Anonymousreply 6912/27/2012

[quote]hoi polloi activities of NYC

Why do some DLers think "hoi polloi" refers to socialites and celebrities who attend exclusive parties, when in fact it means "the masses"? This is not the first time someone on this site has misused the term.

by Anonymousreply 7012/27/2012

The Sun Magazine.

Nothing but personal writing and photos.

Amazing stuff.

by Anonymousreply 7112/27/2012

Bookmarks....great concise magazine of book reviews. Printed bi-monthy.

by Anonymousreply 7212/27/2012

I have every issue of Victoria magazine from 1990 to present.

I had Seventeen mag from 1979 to 2001 but tossed them only to see they go for quite a bit on Ebay.

I have several Fall issues of Vogue. Sold one on Ebay for $50.

by Anonymousreply 7312/27/2012

This thread has driven me to go back and look at my magazine collection. The early 1980s Architectural Digests are fascinating for featuring a few leather queen interiors straight out of Cruising - including CK's West Side apartment with leather hammock. Lordy!!!

The Tatlers are great too. One has an article on 'It' Girls over the decades. There's an amazing Cecil Beaton colour photo from the 1960s I've never seen published elsewhere of a blazing blonde goddess captioned "Nico, the Marchioness of Londonderry", naked from the waist up with a mirror below, staring at the camera, her breasts concealed by a gigantic Victorian diamond stomacher she clasps in her hands. Hypnotic. At the other end of the spectrum there's a sobering pic of 30s beauty Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (features in Cole Porter's song 'You're The Top') sitting on her bed in a dingy nursing home after her money had run out.

by Anonymousreply 7412/27/2012

[quoteI get two magazines. One is the American Radio Relay Leagues QST magazine. The other is Make Magazine.

Too much QRM here (M as in Mary, Mary.) Let's QSO on '40'. I'll QSL.

by Anonymousreply 7512/29/2012

Butt, DNA and Tetu seem to be the only gay mags better in print than online. Attitude. Advocate and Gay Times are all shadows of their former selves.

by Anonymousreply 7612/29/2012

esquire is always good


new yorker

rolling stone sometimes

by Anonymousreply 7712/29/2012

I just looked at Tetu on the mag stand again to confirm my previous impression. The main feature articles were 1. tattoos 2. summer shorts, and 3. moisturisers. Fuck a fuckin duck.

Pardon me while I go back to The Economist.

by Anonymousreply 7812/29/2012

The Economist is conservative dreck. But yes, it is written in 6th grade English, so it could be more your speed, R78.

by Anonymousreply 7912/29/2012

I read a friend's "Birds & Blooms" magazine. I like in an apartment so I can't have a garden, but it's just a nice little magazine.

by Anonymousreply 8012/29/2012

"The Economist"? How vile. Did you vote for George W. Bush both times, or just the once, R78?

by Anonymousreply 8112/29/2012

Like Der Spiegel, The Economist covers stuff you won't find elsewhere. It deserves its excellent reputation.

by Anonymousreply 8212/29/2012

No, "The Economist" is libertarian / conservative trash. Notice how you are the only one to mention on it on the thread so far.

by Anonymousreply 8312/29/2012

The Economist has seen a decline in their reputation over the past decade. They shot their wad with their strident neocon fellatio, and now many actively avoid them.

by Anonymousreply 8412/29/2012

[quote]No, "The Economist" is libertarian / conservative trash.

Oh, I so wondered why I enjoy The Spectator. Ta for the perspective.

by Anonymousreply 8512/29/2012

Log Cabin, R85?

by Anonymousreply 8612/29/2012
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