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Favorite Magazines

Before the internet made everyone lazy, magazines were a main source of creativity and alternative ideas

Did you have a favorite magazine or a subscription to any?

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by Anonymousreply 195November 24, 2021 12:54 PM

I lived and breathed for Premiere.

by Anonymousreply 1November 3, 2021 4:08 AM

Blender was like an American version of the British Q Magazine. I subscribed to it and read every single page from front to back as soon as it came in the mailbox. Then it ended....

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by Anonymousreply 2November 3, 2021 4:10 AM

Vanity Fair, often readable cover to cover.

by Anonymousreply 3November 3, 2021 4:10 AM

Movieline had the cult favorite Hollywood Kids

by Anonymousreply 4November 3, 2021 4:11 AM

Second vote for Vanity Fair. The Graydon Years were wonderful and had something for everyone.

I tried to give the reimagination a chance, but stopped one year later.

by Anonymousreply 5November 3, 2021 4:13 AM

I used to subscribe to Rolling Stone, People, US, Spin, Movieline

by Anonymousreply 6November 3, 2021 4:13 AM

Spy was fun for a while.

by Anonymousreply 7November 3, 2021 4:14 AM

Omni Magazine was a favorite of mine for science and science fiction.

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by Anonymousreply 8November 3, 2021 4:15 AM

Cook’s Illustrated- quite big tips.

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by Anonymousreply 9November 3, 2021 4:18 AM

My favorite magazines were the 1970s Scholastic classics-- Dynamite and Bananas.

I also loved Games magazine.

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by Anonymousreply 10November 3, 2021 4:18 AM

Right On!

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by Anonymousreply 11November 3, 2021 4:18 AM

InStyle was good for the first ten years of its run.

by Anonymousreply 12November 3, 2021 4:19 AM

US Magazine in the 80s was a decent read that was nothing like the Star Magazine clone Bonnie Fuller turned it into in the early 2000s

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by Anonymousreply 14November 3, 2021 4:23 AM

Another vote for Graydon’s Vanity Fair. Every issue was excellent cover to cover. The new editor doesn’t thrill me, but yet may find her way.

by Anonymousreply 15November 3, 2021 4:24 AM

Domino, AD, Arts&Antiques....just add Bourbon.

by Anonymousreply 16November 3, 2021 4:25 AM

Still get New Yorker, Harper's, NYRB, London Review, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, New England Review

I am not a luddite. I have written code in my time. I read about AI and other tech-related stuff on a regular basis. I am convinced that leaving the digital environment, at least for a time, is critical to helping the brain stay alive. I do think our synapses are changing, not in a good way, as we lose contact with real space, textures, touch. Reading new poetry online vs in hard copy... is hardly the same experience.

by Anonymousreply 17November 3, 2021 4:28 AM

I used to subscribe to many home and decor magazines,House Beautiful,Traditional Homes,etc,but the cost kept going up and the magazines kept getting thinner so about 3 years ago I dumped them. I was a House Beautiful subscriber for 40 years.

by Anonymousreply 18November 3, 2021 4:30 AM

In Theater

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by Anonymousreply 19November 3, 2021 4:33 AM

So this takes me back to a lost time. It used to be that one would know in NYC, which newsstands would have certain hard to find or hard to get magazines and when they would come out and even which stores would have them early. Most of these were European magazines and how this information came into one’s being I don’t remember, maybe it was trial and error and when you found it there you asked questions and kept track of that information.

There would be certain newsstand you would visit consistently at times of the month, you always wanted to get there early because they would only get a handful of copies in and then they would be gone. There was definitely a place on lower Hudson St. that was one of the best and another in the low 60’s on the UES, possibly on Lex and at GCS, but never Penn station for some reason.

Anyways, my favorite magazine was the British one called The Face. I remember being really happy when the Virgin stores opened, because they would always have lots of copies available. It was music, fashion, arts, culture, just amazing. And buying some of these magazines was a commitment because they could cost as much as a book, but I was always happy with The Face.

Of course it eventually folded, but in 2019 it did comeback. If it’s available in any NYC newsstand, I don’t know which ones anymore. And to order it online it’s $30 an issue. Someday I may find a copy and splurge, but most likely not.

by Anonymousreply 20November 3, 2021 4:37 AM

Grew up on Time and Life in the '60s, then graduated to the New Yorker, which I gave up when Tina Brown came on board.

by Anonymousreply 21November 3, 2021 4:37 AM

Premiere, Spy and Vanity Fare. Everything stinks now.

by Anonymousreply 22November 3, 2021 4:39 AM

Used to subscribe to Spy, Vanity Fair, National Geographic and Architectural Digest and bought many individual issues at magazine stores. especially tech mags. Does anybody remember the Gramophone?

I let the subscriptions expire a long time ago and what's a magazine store?

To someone above, I miss In Theatre and the very, very late and much lamented After Dark.

Among many, many others. I miss magazines.

by Anonymousreply 23November 3, 2021 4:41 AM

R8 There was an Omni in every waiting room in the 80s

by Anonymousreply 24November 3, 2021 4:42 AM

I can't get into digital magazines

by Anonymousreply 25November 3, 2021 4:43 AM

I loved GQ as a high schooler - closest I could get to gay porn then. And Spy and Private Eye were favorites of mine later on. I admit to buying The Tatler when I could find it, just to look at the British aristocrats.

by Anonymousreply 26November 3, 2021 4:46 AM

Smithsonian magazine often has interesting articles on Victorian chimney sweeps, etc.

by Anonymousreply 27November 3, 2021 4:46 AM

It's so tame, but when Paulina Porizkova did a topless spread in GQ Magazine in the 80s it was SCANDALOUS

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by Anonymousreply 28November 3, 2021 4:49 AM

[quote]I loved GQ as a high schooler - closest I could get to gay porn then.

You should have tried the men's underwear sections of the Sear's and Penney's catalogues. Lots of gay porn actors doubled as underwear models. And the photographers knew how to use them.

by Anonymousreply 29November 3, 2021 4:50 AM

Reading Spy magazine in the mid-1980s Midwest, made me feel urbane and clever. Wallpaper* magazine in the late 1990s/early 2000s played to my design interests.

by Anonymousreply 30November 3, 2021 4:50 AM

I got the apostrophes wrong at r29 and I'm not going to fix them.

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by Anonymousreply 32November 3, 2021 4:54 AM

Magazines are still the best on planes and anywhere else when you are waiting and don't have your phone

by Anonymousreply 33November 3, 2021 4:55 AM

After Dark

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by Anonymousreply 34November 3, 2021 4:55 AM

In addition to many of the above (Vanity Fair, New Yorker, Spy, GQ) I also liked Esquire back in its heyday. Remember its cover story, "Kevin Spacey Has a Secret" by Tom Junod. And I used to LOVE their "Dubious Achievement Awards" - they were hilarious! However, we are talking the 90s, and even earlier...alas.

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by Anonymousreply 35November 3, 2021 4:57 AM

R25 It’s relatively easy, just takes a few click usually and you can get them from many libraries for free.

by Anonymousreply 36November 3, 2021 4:59 AM

Celebrity Sleuth

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by Anonymousreply 37November 3, 2021 5:00 AM
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by Anonymousreply 38November 3, 2021 5:01 AM

No rock and roll love for 70s/80s Creem?

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by Anonymousreply 39November 3, 2021 5:01 AM

Barbie Bazaar

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by Anonymousreply 40November 3, 2021 5:03 AM

Honest question R33, is your attention span the same when you read on your phone the same as when you read on your phone? Does not your mind stop and jump and multi-focus and can't wait to move on... like a shark in the water, not stopping? Are you not able to read with more comprehension, deeper understanding... when you hold it in your hand, turn a page...??

by Anonymousreply 41November 3, 2021 5:03 AM

What, me worry?

by Anonymousreply 42November 3, 2021 5:05 AM

I had this issue of Creem for years

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by Anonymousreply 43November 3, 2021 5:07 AM

Yes, Esquire back in the 60s through the 80s, how did I forget that?

by Anonymousreply 44November 3, 2021 5:08 AM

I used to love In Touch magazine. Would read it cover to cover.

by Anonymousreply 45November 3, 2021 5:20 AM

Freshmen magazine.

by Anonymousreply 46November 3, 2021 5:32 AM

Blue Boy and Honcho.

by Anonymousreply 47November 3, 2021 5:34 AM

In Touch really went downhill. Now they mostly focus on celebrities and reality stars.

by Anonymousreply 48November 3, 2021 5:37 AM

Hollywood Studio Magazine

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by Anonymousreply 49November 3, 2021 5:37 AM

Movieline, Premiere, and Vanity Fair were my lifelines back in the day.

by Anonymousreply 50November 3, 2021 5:38 AM

Anything with Rona Barrett's name in the title.

by Anonymousreply 51November 3, 2021 5:44 AM

Rosie O'Donnell becoming editor of McCall's magazine, ultimately changing the name to Rosie in 2001, was strange and unexpected

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by Anonymousreply 52November 3, 2021 5:50 AM

Grew up on Mad, then after college I went to work in advertising where I got many, many magazines for free because of the accounts I worked on. It was heaven. I even enjoyed the "Seven Sisters" with their trashy advice columns, handy household tips and cheesy romantic short stories/novellas......there's now only a couple sisters left and they don't cover those areas any more. The only ones I would ever pay for (after I left the industry) were The Economist, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. I don't subscribe to any mags now, but a friend gifts me a subscription to Reader's Digest, which is a shadow of its former self.

by Anonymousreply 53November 3, 2021 5:58 AM

I miss magazines so much. Yes, I know they still exist, but they suck. I've tried, they just do. My mother and I were both avid magazine readers. We had different tastes, but we would share our copies, and my goodness, I miss all of that.

My favorite was Vanity Fair, the only one I'd reliably read cover to cover. Not every issue, but more often that not. Otherwise, various fashion mags, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Details, etc. Interior design, art mags,. I could go on and on. Basically, for most of my life, if you put a magazine in front of me, I would have been more than happy to look through it at the very least.

Now, not so much, actually not at all, and I don't know where to get my fix anymore.

by Anonymousreply 54November 3, 2021 6:09 AM

MAD magazine. For ever and ever.

Spin. For the 90s hipster.

by Anonymousreply 55November 3, 2021 6:13 AM

I had a subscription to Spy magazine its entire publishing life. At the time I also enjoyed Vanity Fair and generally read every article cover to cover. Simpler times.

by Anonymousreply 56November 3, 2021 6:21 AM

World Of Interiors: I even have the first issue.

Vanity Fair was fabulous under Tina Brown, but it started going downhill when Graydon took over, and his last years with the Kennedy and Marilyn obsession were a joke. Of course what the current editor has done to magazine is a tragedy.

Tatler under Tina Brown and the two editors after her was fucking wonderful. Still have kept them all too. Marvellous reading, and almost all the fabulous people are now in their graves. Tatler then had a really naughtiness about it that no high gloss mag has replicated. And it had the wonderful art director who gave us so much male flesh.

Interview had incredible art direction in the 90s.

by Anonymousreply 57November 3, 2021 6:25 AM

The magazine invented for DataLoungers!

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by Anonymousreply 58November 3, 2021 6:29 AM

Oh, After Dark, yes. Such a legendary magazine. I met a girl who cleaned the home of a famous gay national art gallery director, and she told me it was it her first encounter with it, and it took twice as long to clean the house because she was mesmerised by it. And all the people it featured LONG before they became famous... Richard Gere, Bruce Weber, Jude Law. And hissing DLers will recall the immortal Norma Maclain Stoop!!!! It and In Touch in its early glory days were utterly fabulous gay magazines. Several years ago there was a Yahoo group devoted to digitising After Dark. Archive org or someone should do it again, and for In Touch.

by Anonymousreply 59November 3, 2021 6:42 AM

Not a word yet about the geeks' one-time delight: Scientific American. Or its down-market cousin, Popular Mechanics.

by Anonymousreply 60November 3, 2021 7:10 AM

Reader's Digest, Cracked, Mad, Omni, Asimov's Science Fiction, Analog , Discover, U.S. News and World Report, Time, Popular Science, and Newsweek. We had a lot of magazines delivered over the years. I used to go to the bookstore as a teenager, and read Forum Advisor because they had a gay story or two in them, and I would go home and jack off thinking of those stories!

by Anonymousreply 61November 3, 2021 8:08 AM

I wish so much I had not been a child during the heyday of AFTER DARK magazine.

by Anonymousreply 62November 3, 2021 8:23 AM

As a music obsessed pre-teen I lived for Smash Hits and later, for NME (strictly a newspaper, I know).

by Anonymousreply 63November 3, 2021 11:03 AM

Physique Pictorial

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by Anonymousreply 64November 3, 2021 11:16 AM

I miss the heyday of gay magazines like Out, Genre, Instinct, Hero, and The Advocate.

by Anonymousreply 65November 3, 2021 11:36 AM



International Male

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by Anonymousreply 66November 3, 2021 12:23 PM

LIFE magazine, my parents subscribed when I was a kid. Then I had subscriptions to VF and Spy which I cancelled when I was transferred abroad for a year, right around the time Spy got sued for something and when I came back it wasn’t the same.. Harpers Bazaar when Liz Tiberius was the editor, fantastic layouts. More recently, W magazine but it wasn’t worth carrying home from the post office.

by Anonymousreply 67November 3, 2021 1:35 PM

In the late 80's/early 90's, I lived for Details, The Face, Movieline and Interview. The glory days.

by Anonymousreply 68November 3, 2021 1:44 PM

In high school, my friend and I studied his Dad's Playboy collection like it was our job. I sensed Hefner - and a lot of readers - were bi since every year there would be a feature "Sex in Film" which included a photo from nude scenes in movies that year, including men.

There was something sexy about flipping through a straight man's Playboy

by Anonymousreply 69November 3, 2021 2:31 PM

R57 I forgot about Interview, which I also subscribed to

by Anonymousreply 70November 3, 2021 2:33 PM

I always loved Entertainment Weekly. They were good at keeping it "fresh" by changing up the features and format, but never enough to be off-putting.

by Anonymousreply 71November 3, 2021 3:01 PM

Details, but only the earlier version printed on the non-glossy stock and had the Cookie Mueller column at the end.

Such a long time ago now. Sigh.

by Anonymousreply 72November 3, 2021 3:59 PM

I loved magazines. They were how you knew what someone was really interested in. I subscribed to a lot of them over the years, and bought individual copies of others. In the '90s, I had to ask some of them not to send copies with scent strips, as those began to cause headaches. I never really liked them anyway.

These are in rough chronological order (it's been a while):


Highlights (I was Gallant; my brother was Goofus)

Music Business (listening to music is huge in my life)

Rolling Stone (I was a hippie)

Apartment Life, which became Metropolitan Home (one of the only ones that couldn't send copies without scent strips)


Bon Appetit (I loved to cook, starting with my first apartment)




Vanity Fair (only one year: I didn't like it much)


Entertainment Weekly

Us (one of the first things I sold on eBay was an issue with shirtless Matt Keeslar, for $47)

Dwell (I love MCM)

Atomic Ranch

Elle Décor



Stereo Review

The Atlantic


read without subscription:

After Dark (found a box of these hidden in a friend's garage apartment at his parents' house; assumed his father was in the closet; turned out he had a gay brother he never talked about)

Soap Opera Weekly (loved the 2:00 shows: AW, ATWT, OLTL)

Soap Opera Digest

Advocate Men (Jeff Stryker!)


Playgirl (Brian Buzzini; Jim Davis; Stephen Scott (first foreskin I ever saw)

Village Voice

The Advocate (when it still had the pink pages)

by Anonymousreply 73November 3, 2021 4:03 PM

Oh c'mon, who didn't simply adore...JUGGS?

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by Anonymousreply 74November 3, 2021 4:11 PM

My first subscription was to Rolling Stone; I was close to graduating college at the time. Shortly after that, I bought the first issue, and then subscribed to further, of George magazine.

I blush when I think how cultured I thought I was at the time.

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by Anonymousreply 76November 3, 2021 4:23 PM

I subscribed to National Geographic, Rolling Stone and National Lampoon.

by Anonymousreply 77November 3, 2021 4:41 PM

I shoplifted the first issue of National Lampoon.

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by Anonymousreply 78November 3, 2021 4:47 PM


Rock Scene

by Anonymousreply 79November 3, 2021 5:59 PM

On Our Backs was a favorite in elementary school.

by Anonymousreply 80November 3, 2021 6:06 PM

BUTT Magazine

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by Anonymousreply 81November 3, 2021 6:22 PM

The Face and i-D in the early/mid-80s were incredible if you were a young trendy person into music/fashion/design (meaning… gay!) The graphic design in earlier i-D was particularly mind blowing. I collected them like crazy in high school. Luckily I lived in a city with a few specialty newsstands that carried them.

They both changed as they neared the 90s and became more corporate and mainstream.

by Anonymousreply 82November 3, 2021 6:22 PM

There used to be some incredible deals on subscriptions, like $12 for a year - even Vanity Fair

by Anonymousreply 83November 3, 2021 8:04 PM

R73 are you me?

by Anonymousreply 84November 3, 2021 8:05 PM

I used to read Paper magazine while I did laundry in New York in the 90s

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by Anonymousreply 86November 3, 2021 8:09 PM

That's why I subscribed to VF, r83. I finally stopped reading it because all the perfume samples made my eyes burn and water.

by Anonymousreply 87November 3, 2021 8:11 PM

I tried VF again recently (maybe 2-3 years ago) but in a year they delivered maybe 5 issues.

They also made the print insanely small.

by Anonymousreply 88November 3, 2021 8:13 PM

Movieline, Spy, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic. I love magazine s and am sorry they are going away. I miss the feel of the thicker paper that Vanity Fair, Vogue, and the home design magazines used. I miss the oversize W. I didn't mind the ads in the fashion or design mags because they were usually beautiful and inspiring. Looking at a computer screen just isn't the same for me.

by Anonymousreply 89November 3, 2021 8:13 PM

I remember the Face!

by Anonymousreply 90November 3, 2021 8:14 PM

I actually preferred the Tina Brown VF to the Graydon VF. I preferred Graydon SPY to Graydon VF.

by Anonymousreply 91November 3, 2021 8:16 PM

SPIN Magazine published by the Guccione porn family.

by Anonymousreply 92November 3, 2021 8:16 PM

Highlights for Kids

by Anonymousreply 93November 3, 2021 8:18 PM

SASSY and her big sister JANE.

by Anonymousreply 94November 3, 2021 8:19 PM

Tiger Beat

by Anonymousreply 95November 3, 2021 8:22 PM

For some ridiculous reason, my Grandma was sent Star magazine every week for twenty years - during the 80s and 90s when tabloids were where the real dirt was. She used to throw them away until she started saving them for me.

Star was always trash, but much more entertaining and fun to read than the fashion magazine US Weekly clone it has become

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by Anonymousreply 96November 3, 2021 8:24 PM

Yes, MAD was a childhood fave.

by Anonymousreply 97November 3, 2021 8:24 PM

It was too expensive to buy, so I spent hours reading Q Magazine at Borders every month

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by Anonymousreply 98November 3, 2021 8:26 PM

I sometimes wonder if Hef was bi as well.

by Anonymousreply 99November 3, 2021 8:26 PM

I think Radhika Jones has totally found her groove with VF. The transition was rocky, but it feels like the best parts of GC’s era are back. I rarely read the cover stories as they are blatant celebrity shill pieces but the other features are usually more compelling than not. It’s worth revisiting for all the lapsed fans of VF out there, who based on this thread number many.

by Anonymousreply 100November 3, 2021 8:27 PM

Another vote for INTERVIEW. Or Interview.

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by Anonymousreply 103November 3, 2021 8:29 PM

Cat Fancy

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by Anonymousreply 105November 3, 2021 8:29 PM

Garden and Gun

by Anonymousreply 106November 3, 2021 8:30 PM

R99 He said he had sex with men before and one of the playmates said in an interview he watches a lot of gay porn

by Anonymousreply 107November 3, 2021 8:30 PM

Embarrassingly enough, there was a time in my life I subscribed to so many magazines that I used to just get random ones in the mail I never asked for.

I wound up calling the subscription line for "Irish American Monthly" after getting two issues of it in the mail. The woman looked up the number and said, "Oh, we have you on a list for complimentary subscriptions since you have a professional office." I realized I got so many magazines, they thought I was a doctor's office.

The 90s were a great time for magazines. My favorites were....

Interview when it was GIGANTIC and near impossible to read unless you laid it flat on a table

Details before it turned into high school GQ....when it was black and white pictures from Susanne Bartsch parties and interviews with obscure actors

Spy when it was really snarky and mean

Vanity Fair at peak Leibovitz

Q Magazine (when I could afford an import) when it would have a CD attached to every issue to learn what was big in England

The Face for all the style with a little substance

Sadly, now I just subscribe to People. A little gossip, some recipes, a good murder story and the easiest crossword since TV Guide gave up.

What can I say? I'm getting old.

by Anonymousreply 108November 3, 2021 8:31 PM

R107 I believe it.

by Anonymousreply 109November 3, 2021 8:32 PM

I also had a conversation with a friend last weekend about Premiere.

Remember when they had trading card type things in each issue with movie posters on one side and the cast and crew on the other?

The original French version did the same. I still have the card for "La Mouche"

by Anonymousreply 110November 3, 2021 8:34 PM

Southern LADY

by Anonymousreply 111November 3, 2021 8:34 PM

I think the last magazine I subscribed to, maybe in the early 2000s, was Entertainment Weekly as it had a nice round up in all the different media fields about what was coming out and what was hot at the moment.

by Anonymousreply 112November 3, 2021 8:35 PM

I loved the sprawling into two pages packed with legit gossip Janet Charlton column in Star

by Anonymousreply 113November 3, 2021 8:37 PM

[quote]There used to be some incredible deals on subscriptions, like $12 for a year - even Vanity Fair

It's even cheaper these days, if you know where to look. Unfortunately, it's still overpriced for the current content.

by Anonymousreply 114November 3, 2021 8:37 PM

Elle Decor

by Anonymousreply 115November 3, 2021 8:44 PM

Black Tail! Tons of fashion info for the kadunkadunk crowd.

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by Anonymousreply 117November 3, 2021 8:58 PM

In Soleil Moon Frye's "Kid 90" David Arquette standing in front of a newstand and grabbing a Hustler to show to the camera is such a 90s rebellious thing to do

by Anonymousreply 118November 3, 2021 9:00 PM

ShowBoats and Architectural Record. Both are aimed at industry people and owners. ShowBoats used to be a little snarky in the writing about non-industry people.

by Anonymousreply 119November 3, 2021 9:10 PM

R96 My mom would always get Star in the checkout line. Mostly, she said, she loved their puzzles.

Then after day two or three it was the family pooping reading material magazine for the week.

by Anonymousreply 120November 3, 2021 9:11 PM

DETAILS in the 80s when it was a club magazine and Dianne Brill, Tama Janowitz, Mary McFadden and Kohle Yohannan were all over the party pics! Believe it or not, the way I had access to that magazine was by checking it out from my high school library in Kansas. They had quite a few issues, despite people (like me and my friends) filching many, many copies, just to fantasize over the imagine world of New York nightlife. It was a lifeline.

In the 90s, INTERVIEW, PAPER, W, ELLE/VOGUE/HARPER's BAZAAR (the trifecta of fashion magazines), and another vote for the excellent back-in-the-day writing of VANITY FAIR>

by Anonymousreply 121November 3, 2021 9:15 PM

I still love the 80s era Interview to this day. It's not like today is all that different, except the people invited to contribute today are mostly people I give no fucks about.

by Anonymousreply 122November 3, 2021 9:17 PM

R121 You didn’t happen to go to school in Topeka did you?

by Anonymousreply 123November 3, 2021 9:18 PM

International Male and Mellow Mail.

These were catalogs. Fuck you all before you say anything.

by Anonymousreply 124November 3, 2021 9:23 PM

My grandmother used to buy all the tabloids in the early 70's and I would read them. Cher was always in them and they were always making fun of Liz Taylor's weight issues.

by Anonymousreply 125November 3, 2021 9:36 PM

As far as porn goes - Rump was my favorite (as an ass fanatic) and this was the best cover ever - Phil Bradley.

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by Anonymousreply 126November 3, 2021 9:39 PM

OMNI. I loved the dystopian science fiction feel of the magazine

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by Anonymousreply 127November 3, 2021 10:00 PM

Vanity Fair used to be amusing but it's shit now. Same with the Rolling Stone; it's garbage now. I used to subscribe to them both, but no more. I liked Creem as a teenager; it was crazy but also could be quite funny.

by Anonymousreply 128November 3, 2021 10:09 PM

Creem would show an equal amount of men in their underwear, like this shot showing an outline of the head of David Lee Roth's penis

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by Anonymousreply 129November 3, 2021 10:17 PM

This thread is making me saaad. It's not just the disappearance of hard-copy. It's the culture. It's so debased and dumbed-down. The '80s Spy, the '80s VF, early Details, The Face, I-D, 80s/90s W/Vogue/Harpers even, and of course Vogue Paris pre-Roiphe. They couldn't exist today even if everything wasn't going electronic. Where is the cultural literacy level and sensibility to give them a readership, not to mention, singular, talented freaks and weirdos to fill the pages. Jesus, even the Star and the Enquirer were FUN, they reported or invented campy scandal about real movie stars as opposed to nobody social-media wankers.

Here's one I didn't see name-checked--Joseph Holtzman's Nest magazine. God, that was great.

by Anonymousreply 130November 3, 2021 10:32 PM

Hefner did admit to having some same-sex experiences, as mentioned above.

Also, the guy who used to cut my hair told me that Hefner's son came in once for a haircut, with his male lover. I don't know which one of his 3 sons, though.

by Anonymousreply 131November 3, 2021 10:39 PM

Vanity Fair and Backpacker.

by Anonymousreply 132November 3, 2021 10:45 PM

I just recently received my final issue of Entertainment Weekly after having been a charter subscriber. Once it went to monthly or bi-monthly, it just wasn't worth it any more. Just as giving up my local daily newspaper subscription several years ago, I felt that I didn't so much leave them as they left me; they kept getting smaller and smaller and less and less frequent.

I also loved Games magazine so much back in the day. Besides the games in the magazine, they had several monthly contests which were so fun, even though I never won one.

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by Anonymousreply 134November 3, 2021 11:02 PM

Amazing Heroes.

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by Anonymousreply 135November 3, 2021 11:21 PM

I loved getting mail when I was young, and magazines were great! I think my first was Look, followed by Life, Time, Rolling Stone, Mad and National Geographic.

by Anonymousreply 136November 3, 2021 11:24 PM

All of them.

by Anonymousreply 137November 3, 2021 11:25 PM

All magazines started going to crap about 12 years ago. They used to be interesting. Not so much anymore,

by Anonymousreply 138November 3, 2021 11:25 PM

My cat sitter signed me up for a year of Cat Fancy magazine. I was a bit taken aback when it started arriving at the house, because I wouldn’t have been caught dead buying the thing at the store. But it turned out to be a guilty pleasure, and I did learn a lot about my cat.

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by Anonymousreply 139November 3, 2021 11:36 PM

We still have a subscription to "Backyard Poultry."

We finally found a type of chick we could love eating.

by Anonymousreply 140November 4, 2021 12:59 AM

Parking Review

by Anonymousreply 141November 4, 2021 1:03 AM

Sorry, here's the link for "Parking Review":

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by Anonymousreply 142November 4, 2021 1:04 AM

Saturday Evening Post.

Remember when Curtis Publishing was a big deal in Philadelphia.

by Anonymousreply 143November 4, 2021 4:12 AM

Can't find the number with the cover girls...

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by Anonymousreply 144November 4, 2021 4:16 AM

Modern Screen had an impressive run (1930-1985)

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by Anonymousreply 145November 4, 2021 5:03 AM

Oprah started her magazine a few years too late in 2000. The nineties would have been big readership years and it probably would have had a huge amount of subscribers.

by Anonymousreply 146November 4, 2021 5:06 AM

Smart Set


Trump Magazine (1960-era, Harvey Kurtzman editor)


Humpty Dumpty


by Anonymousreply 147November 4, 2021 5:10 AM

I subscribe to a lot of magazines. It's fun to get them in the mail and at times make very good reading.

by Anonymousreply 148November 4, 2021 5:25 AM

Almost 150 posts and no one has mentioned ME!!!

When you were all just little future sluts, you used to base your lives around my listings!!!

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by Anonymousreply 149November 4, 2021 3:12 PM

The one that holds the most bullets.

by Anonymousreply 150November 4, 2021 4:05 PM

Remember when the Advocate was a newspaper?

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by Anonymousreply 151November 4, 2021 4:14 PM

R63 OMG! Did not expect to see Smash Hits listed here.

I loved Star Hits which was the US equivalent - at least in its first few years, when it still had a mainstream pop/indie focus and a bit of a focus on UK acts, which subsided circa 1987 for more generic crap.

by Anonymousreply 152November 4, 2021 5:29 PM

[quote] this shot showing an outline of the head of David Lee Roth's penis

I used to fantasize about DLR's penis, and shot many loads thinking about it

by Anonymousreply 153November 4, 2021 5:32 PM

The Vogue Archive

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by Anonymousreply 154November 4, 2021 5:41 PM

SPY magazine. Complete perfection. Gave Trump his most hated descriptor.

by Anonymousreply 155November 4, 2021 6:48 PM

Throughout my childhood, I read Aquarium Fish, Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Reptile magazines. As I got older, I started reading Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Rolling Stone, New York, Details, Men's Health and then later Creative Screenwriting, Script and any other writing-related magazines I could findat Tower Records. I also discovered and loved Mental_Floss at some point. Also The Atlantic for a while but at some point the idea of Ivy-League-educated elitists preaching about what's best for the American commoner turned me off.

by Anonymousreply 156November 4, 2021 7:01 PM

As a kid I would buy Rona Barrett's Gossip & Hollywood at my local supermarket (and occassionally Tiger Beat). I would always get strange looks from some of the checkers, like I should be purchasing Boys Life or Sports Illustrated instead of a ladies magazine.

by Anonymousreply 157November 4, 2021 7:04 PM

Movieline, Rolling Stone, Creem, and Rona Barrett's Hollywood!

by Anonymousreply 158November 4, 2021 7:26 PM

Tower had their own free magazine Pulse

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by Anonymousreply 159November 4, 2021 7:57 PM

There was a great print ad for Spy in the later 80s during their heyday. I can’t remember if it was in subways or other magazines. But it had pull quotes from notables about how smart and funny and a godsend the magazine was. And the very last one was a quote from Donald Trump and it said, “I think it’s a piece of garbage.”

by Anonymousreply 160November 4, 2021 8:58 PM

Consumer Reports

- sorry , I’m dull

by Anonymousreply 161November 4, 2021 9:08 PM

The Face and i-D, old Details, Movieline, Sassy/Dirt, Q, Arena, Interview, Paper, Tyler-era Wallpaper (and Monocle), Butt (now Winq), and the gay mags when they were still gay.

by Anonymousreply 162November 4, 2021 9:17 PM

As most magazines have become sparse pamphlets compared to how they were or disappeared completely, People magazine has stayed almost the same, with the exception of the heavily promoted fashion and cosmetic features, just like US and Star magazine do

by Anonymousreply 163November 4, 2021 9:35 PM


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by Anonymousreply 164November 5, 2021 5:20 PM

Boy's Life

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by Anonymousreply 165November 5, 2021 8:50 PM

R165- They now publish a 21st century version of that magazine. It's called TRANS Boy's Life

by Anonymousreply 166November 5, 2021 8:53 PM

90s LA mag Buzz

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by Anonymousreply 167November 7, 2021 4:27 AM

International Male from cover to cover

by Anonymousreply 168November 7, 2021 4:36 AM

After Dark

by Anonymousreply 169November 7, 2021 4:37 AM



Famous Monsters of Movieland

Mad magazine



by Anonymousreply 170November 7, 2021 4:41 AM

My mom used to buy "Detective" and "True Detective" magazine. "Campus Killer Run Amok!" After she was done reading, us kids could read them. It seemed kind of tawdry, then. Now, it's (true crime is) mainstream.

Loved "National Enquirer" and "Star."

by Anonymousreply 171November 7, 2021 6:14 AM

Ben Is Dead Answer Me! Roller Derby

by Anonymousreply 172November 7, 2021 11:47 AM

Ben is Dead

Answer Me!

Roller Derby

by Anonymousreply 173November 7, 2021 11:48 AM

Diseased Pariah News

by Anonymousreply 174November 7, 2021 11:49 AM

Jane Magazine stayed in the game longer than expected

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by Anonymousreply 175November 9, 2021 4:51 AM

After Dark deserves another mention...

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by Anonymousreply 176November 9, 2021 4:55 AM

"This thread is making me saaad. It's not just the disappearance of hard-copy. It's the culture. It's so debased and dumbed-down. The '80s Spy, the '80s VF, early Details, The Face, I-D, 80s/90s W/Vogue/Harpers even, and of course Vogue Paris pre-Roiphe. They couldn't exist today even if everything wasn't going electronic. Where is the cultural literacy level and sensibility to give them a readership, not to mention, singular, talented freaks and weirdos to fill the pages. Jesus, even the Star and the Enquirer were FUN, they reported or invented campy scandal about real movie stars as opposed to nobody social-media wankers."

Yeah, the good old days in the 80s when everyone was scared of gay people and AIDS patients

by Anonymousreply 177November 9, 2021 5:05 AM

R177 as if no one is scared of gay people in 2021

by Anonymousreply 178November 9, 2021 5:07 AM

r178, far fewer of them are. 70% of people support gay marriage now.

by Anonymousreply 179November 9, 2021 5:07 AM

But do they support Gay sex?

by Anonymousreply 180November 9, 2021 5:09 AM

The long form news and feature magazines - The New Yorker, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly.

Music mags - Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Source, Spin, Q Magazine.

by Anonymousreply 181November 9, 2021 5:10 AM

R179 over 75 million Americans voted for Trump for a second term after four blatantly hateful years so not such an accepting gay utopia yet

by Anonymousreply 182November 9, 2021 5:10 AM

The best magazine, IMO, that covers the world is The Economist. It's interesting to get their take on US culture.

by Anonymousreply 183November 9, 2021 5:33 AM

I agree, the Economist is great.

Evan back when they were legit printed publications, I never got into the triad of Newsweek, Time, and USNWR. I'd buy them occasionally but never subscribed.

by Anonymousreply 184November 9, 2021 5:36 AM

National Geographic Traveller (Traveler?)

.. I think it was still in print until just a couple of years ago?

by Anonymousreply 185November 9, 2021 6:00 AM

I’m feeling nostalgic now. There was one newsstand (long since closed) in the downtown section of my city which sold all the cool and interesting foreign magazines and I would make a special trip there every month. You couldn’t get these magazines at the supermarket or Waldenbooks in the mall in the 90s: Sight and Sound, l’Uomo Vogue (all the foreign Vogues!), CinemaScope…. and many of the ones already mentioned.

On the bright side there’s still the Sunday New York Times T Style Magazine…. I will be somewhat devastated if they stop carrying the print edition of the NYT at the one Kroger near where I live. I always have to rush out early to snag one of the three copies they get each week. Digital doesn’t do it for me.

by Anonymousreply 186November 9, 2021 6:50 AM

[quote]Diseased Pariah News

I came across copies of a similar underground mag in the 80s. One edition contained a clear plastic bag of HIV poz blood like a perfume insert so you could inject yourself. I was fascinated, but didn't take a (free copy). They would now be museum pieces and probably worth a fair bit.

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by Anonymousreply 187November 9, 2021 6:58 AM

The one and only, Sassy.

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by Anonymousreply 188November 9, 2021 8:25 AM

R187 I’m a huge fan of DPN and know it well. I’ve never heard of it or another underground fanzine doing such a thing. Do you have any evidence of this, more details, or a link? Also, you said you saw this in the late 80’s? Really?

by Anonymousreply 189November 9, 2021 10:34 AM

Us and Star in the 80s

by Anonymousreply 190November 24, 2021 4:56 AM

People, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Cosmopolitan.

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by Anonymousreply 192November 24, 2021 5:05 AM

[quote]I’m a huge fan of DPN and know it well. I’ve never heard of it or another underground fanzine doing such a thing. Do you have any evidence of this, more details, or a link? Also, you said you saw this in the late 80’s? Really?

Yes. This wasn't in the US. There were five free copies available in a sex club. I was shocked and fascinated by the "poz yourself" blood insert. One of my regrets is that I never took a copy, because I would have liked to donate it to a library now. The only other thing I've ever wanted and regretted not taking was at the height of the plague when there were no drugs or treatments on the horizon : a poster and sticker campaign that had an amazing and inspiring "We will overcome this" manifesto. I've never seen it since, I think it may have been lost in the tide of history.

by Anonymousreply 193November 24, 2021 5:10 AM

“Quite Big Tips.” R9 is Patsy Stone reading Cooks Illustrated. Of course she reads the tips and not the recipes.

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