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    Back in the cold, cold days of the 20th century, we had delightful things called magazines. They were made of paper (paper!), and featured news and stories – fiction or nonfiction. You could get them at the newsstand/newsagent, or have them delivered to your home by a man in a uniform who would put them in a box. Many had pictures; some did not.

    But, surprise, some people are old-fashioned, and some of those people still trudge on and make magazines out of paper. And some of us continue to buy and read them. I am one of those people.

    I love print magazines. Do you, too? Tell me all about the print magazine you buy or subscribe to. Tell my why you love them.

    As for me:
    Arthur: It’s big, printed on cheap paper, and I love it. Rushkoff writes a column; lots of stuff about music.
    The Economist: The best news weekly. None of the articles have bylines, so no one’s trying to make a name for themselves; just good reporting. Plus, the obituary in each issue is great.
    Wired: It’s gotten much better since the bubble days when it was all about venture capital and business. I’ve subscribed to it for more than 10 years, and still enjoy every issue for the most part.
    Harper’s: I subscribed to this on a whim, an kind of regret it. It just feels old and crabby. But occasionally, there’s some gems – a few months ago, an issue had previously unpublished shorts by HST and Barthelme, which I liked.
    The Believer: This one I get conflicted on. Many times it’s a chore to get through an issue, but there’s some really great articles sometimes – the one on the Codex Seraphinianus comes to mind. I've considered letting my subscription lapse again, but I really miss it when I don't get it.
    Zoetrope All-Story: Very full of itself, but the stories are generally really good.
    McSweeney’s: This Achewood strip is still pretty spot-on, but you can tell that the people who put this together really love what they do. Each issue is a wonderful object in itself, too.
    A Public Space: A wonderful new lit. journal. Kind of like McSweeney’s, but much more humble.
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    MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL-almost 300 issues in , the worlds best document of diy hardcore/punk. plus, they let me write about comics for them so i double love them
    GIVE ME BACK- from the ashes of HeartattaCk, similar format for this quarterly underground community/hardcore zine
    EGM- i like to keep up on my vidya games besides the innernetz, wouldnt pay the high price, but i get it free, so....
    GIANT ROBOT- a bunch of random american-japanese culture. some of the stuff is amazing (see: artists, toys, comics, obscure shit) some is almost useless (see: street fashion/nike dunk news, bboy LA showdowns)
    COMIC BUYERS GUIDE-soooo much better than wizard, except sometimes it feels like it is written and edited by your grandparents (little lulu? seriously who cares under the age of 50?! )
    besides this i read a bunch of random zines wherever i can find them
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008 edited
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    Car and Driver: Because they write like English students, as opposed to NASCAR viewers. Reading an article about an H2 as compared to the Bolshevik Revolution is not uncommon.

    Playboy: It has boobs. Boobs are good. The political articles are decent, most everything else is not, but at least I can laugh/bitch about the moronity that are $4,000 white t-shirts and those who wear them.

    Those are the only two I still have subscriptions for. Every so often I'll pick up a Rolling Stone, quickly realize that it is still utter shite, and walk away.

    10 years ago or so I used to read Next Generation because they actually wrote content, as opposed to rehashing advertisements with increasingly flashy images, like pretty much every other video game rag around. That was a great magazine.

    Also Guitar School because they actually profiled good bands and had lots of transcriptions, not focusing on the hairstyles of whatever rockstar was huge at any given moment. I still miss that one, and have all my back issues in the garage.
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    Oh, I forgot:

    The Futurist: The magazine of the World Future Society, of which I am a member. Tends to be very dry, but important to me from an academic standpoint.
    BusinessWeek: I have no idea why I get this. It just started shoing up one day more than a year ago. I rarely read any of it. I've never paid for or asked to get it. There's also a couple magazines like this that my wife gets; they just started showing up in the mailbox and keep coming.
    Popular Science: I got a free one-year sub when I got my telescope. Gaudy design and some nice infographics. I flip through each issue, but won't renew.
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      CommentAuthorGypsy
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    Bead and Button - They tell you about and where to get some of the neatest materials to hit the jewelry making scene. It's a fun sort of magazine for those into jewelry making. The link shows a little about the magazine, has a spot for subscribing, of course, and displays ads for upcoming shows; they are a print media.

    Writer's Digest and The Writer - Some helpful articles, when they're not rehashing the same-old-same-old, and the resources they list in the back.

    Realms of Fantasy - One of my favorites. I really like the stories and the articles are enjoyable, too.

    Wilderness Way- Oh, god, this one is really neat! Good for all those 'back to basics' kinds of things that, we, as civilized folks with microwave ovens, houses and the grocery store just around the block, forget how to do. For instance, many people can shoot a bow...but do you know how to make one from what you'd find in the woods?

    I also like: Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discover, APEX Digest, Murky Depths, PHOTOGRAPHIC Magazine and a few others. I've had subscriptions to them all off and on but have to alternate the subscriptions because, if I have more than a few at a time, they just pile up and I don't get around to reading them all.
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    I hardly buy any on a regular basis anymore - just Juxtapoz, Hot Rod and Automobile, really. There are a few others I'll pick up the occasional issue of, but I've found that once you've read 3 or 4 issues of a given magazine, you've already read everything they have to say.

    I do pick up a lot of crap when I'm travelling, though. Helps to pass the time on long flights, or during long layovers.
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      CommentAuthortekende
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008 edited
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    I subscribe to Reason and GQ. I occasionally pick up various music magazines like DiW, Filter, or if I'm feeling rich, Q or Mojo (British mags are expensive here in the states).
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    i forgot about JUXTAPOZ, but i only get that like twice a year-it just doesnt seem to have THAT much substance, but i do like to check it out from time to time.
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    The Believer.
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    I subscribe to:

    Guitar Player. Musicians' Institute publication for... well, the clue's in the title, really. Far more "muso" than their rivals.
    Bass Player. As above.
    Front of House. The ONLY publication for sound engineers who - like me - specialise in live work, rather than studio stuff. Sadly, I can only have a digital subscription to this, 'cause paper copies are reserved for the US only. On the plus side, digital subs are free and you get access to .pdf copies of all the back issues too.

    Happily, these above qualify as trade journals for me and therefore come off my tax bill.

    I occasionally buy Sound on Sound, the recording journal - I started my path to knob-twiddling as a studio bunny and like to keep an eye on what's happening now and then. VERY occasionally I buy KERRANG! if friends are in it or I'm stuck somewhere and extremely bored - it's still just the headbangers' Beano, really. The journalism and reviews are without exception dreadful.
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      CommentAuthorroque
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    New Yorker, Harper's and my other favorites are stupidly expensive here. the only one I subscribe to these days is Glimmer Train Stories, worth every penny.
    • CommentAuthornleavitt
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    Scientific American has lost some of the features i used to really like, but still has interesting news about science you can understand even if you don't have a phd.
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    Monocle. Highly recommended.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    Juxtapoz, Bitch, and Bust at the moment.
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      CommentAuthorJacen
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    I make a point of going to the bookstore and browsing (followed by some purchasing) every few months but I don't buy any consistently. I used to have a prescrip to EGM, Fango, Guns and Ammo (great for references) and Juxtapoz but I just kind of stopped looking forward to them so I quit.
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      CommentAuthorwilliac
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008 edited
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    Sometimes, I miss my Harper's subscription. Now that I know they had an unpublished Barthelme story, I may need to resub. BTW: Their bio page is awesome (writer of, illustrator of, subject of...).

    McSweeney's - Achewood nailed it, but I couldn't be happier. When they dedicated part of an issue to Barthelme, I new I needed to subscribe, so I didn't risk missing it retail. I love how they play with binding every issue.

    Hi-Fructose - Like Juxtapoz, but with less gearhead culture, fewer ads and a lot more content.

    Esopus - This is a thick, beautiful art magazine with pull outs, perforations and a dozen other features that can't be cheap to bind. The bundled music CDs are surprisingly good too.

    Skyscraper - The thickest music magazine you'll ever need. You are not finishing this in one sitting. This magazine is forged out of pure love for the subject.

    Honorable mentions for magazines I pick up once a year or so: Clear, Metropolis, Juxtapoz, Copper Press, Communication Arts, Smithsonian, Skeptic, Scientific American, AdBusters (ok, more like once every 2-3 years)


    Edited to add

    TapeOp - "The Creative Recording Magazine" It's free in the US, UK and Europe. Don't let the free scare you away, it has a surprising amount of good content and you can still pay for it if you want to.
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    Harpers: Because my high school english teacher used to read us the Index and that got me hooked. Lewis Lapham is wonderfully gloomy too.

    The Believer: I don't subscribe as some issues get a bit navel-gazing for my taste. But any magazine that can do a whole article on how Arch Obler's radio serial "Light's Out" is the spiritual forefather to Eli Roth's splat-genre is doing something right.

    Adbusters: The first issue post 9/11 is still one of the best artistic responses to that event that I've ever seen. It often goes completely up it's own ass but it's just as likely to be stirring and beautiful.

    Cinefex: Really, if you're at all interested in the visual effects end of things this is glossy beauty is just irresistible. Though insanely expensive.
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      CommentAuthorhowyadoin
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    i forgot about JUXTAPOZ, but i only get that like twice a year-it just doesnt seem to have THAT much substance, but i do like to check it out from time to time.

    Yeah, it's kinda starting to lose its charm. Way too much filler these days - there's a two-page photo of every featured artist that could easily be inset somewhere else, freeing those pages up for, I dunno, artwork or something.

    (Not to mention that so many of those photos look like shit, or that I don't particularly care what the artists look like.)
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    The Believer, the New Scientist, Spin, the New Yorker, and I just recently decided to give Weird Tales a try.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2008 edited
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    My wife gets Scientific American. I used to have a subscription to Maximum PC and PC Gamer. I miss Maximum PC as it helped me keep up on the tech world, but PC Gamer got a little crappy since I was in 6th grade. I find the interwebs much more useful for finding info about games anyway.
    Also had a subscription to Cineaste, which was a pretty cool magazine, for the most part. The major drawback I saw was that their take on film criticism was less about stylistic issues, editing, cinematography, etc, and more about how liberal the movie was. That's basically what half the average review was.

    I'd like to subscribe to New Yorker, just because I'm a pretentious douchebag, but it's too costly at the moment. My birthday is in a couple of weeks, so I might try to get the wife to purchase said pretentious subscription for me.

    The Believer sounds kind of cool, too, but also too pricey.