So here’s something that I’m curious about and thought we’d discuss… what magazines do you guys read on a regular basis? Do you feel like the Internet has changed the time you spend with a magazine — or is a hot bath or a long flight still not the same without your favorite pile of mags? Does anyone use the iPad apps? Which magazines do you enjoy the most?
For my own $.02… you’re talking to someone whose major was magazine journalism, so I always have and always will love the medium. One of my favorite scenes in Working Girl is when Tess describes how her reading two wildly different publications gave her a great idea related to business, and I’ve always tried to take that approach. I remember in college, going to Barnes and Noble, getting a huge stack of magazines, and sitting down to pore over them. In my early 20s, when I worked for Family Circle, the editor in chief had me read about 30 magazines a week and flag things of interest to her, either in terms of story ideas for the magazine or things she ought to know generally as the editor of a major magazine. When I left for law school that dwindled to personally reading about 15 a month… and now I’m down to about 5 a month, maybe. I hate recycling unread magazines, and I’m just not in a place anymore where I want to keep large unread piles of magazines anymore, so I keep unsubscribing. (Pictured: Magazine Logos by Jim Parkinson, originally uploaded from FontShop.) I still subscribe to the following:
Entrepreneurial reads: Inc. Love the magazine — but they have a lot of content available online. I also get Fast Company; lots of great reads. I always recommend these magazines to women who think they might have an entrepreneurial bent — it’s one of the cheapest and easiest ways to encourage yourself. I subscribed to Forbes for a while, but I ultimately felt like I preferred the servicey, how-to vibe from Inc. far better than the “profiles of titans of industry” feel to Forbes. Wired isn’t really an entrepreneurial read, but I loved that one because I always felt very inspired by all that talk of the tech world. They have a lot of content online as well, though, so I unsubscribed.
Healthy Lifestyle Reads: Self. I prefer this one to Women’s Health, but with any eat-right-work-out-more magazine the stories are going to repeat, often… I signed up for Men’s Health for my husband, and found that is a really excellent magazine — I’m currently trying to figure out whether or not to keep my subscription. I also get Weight Watchers Magazine (lots of good recipes). For a while I got Cooking Light, as well as Taste of Home’s lower-calorie magazine (Light & Tasty, maybe?) — both are excellent, but I primarily use the Internet for my source of new recipes, now. Oh! And Nutrition Action Newsletter — I love this one, which contains lots of scientific-y looks at what the best cereal is, whether vitamins are really bad for you, etc.
Shopping/Fashion Magazines: I still subscribe to Lucky, which I have always liked, even when it swung too far in the boho direction. I also try to look through Elle, which I get sent every month because I’m part of the Elle/Style Coalition ad network, and I’m always amazed at the good reads in it. I always think of Vanity Fair as the fashion magazine with the best reads — that’s my splurge at the airport newstand. I love to look at Vogue but in all my years subscribing to it I found exactly one spread of clothes that I might want to wear, and unsubscribed after I realized that. I liked Marie Claire for a while — that is supposedly the thinking woman’s fashion magazine — but I never found anything that was a “must read” and so I wound up unsubscribing to that one also.
Career Advice Magazines. I get Working Mother, and highly recommend it to those of you with kids or thinking of having kids. I signed up for this before I got pregnant, in part to keep an eye on it for this blog, and it is an excellent magazine. At least at this point in my parenting journey, the advice is fresh and new, and they address a lot of great things about the juggle between motherhood and working. I must say, I also like subscribing to the men’s magazines, if only to see the career and money advice that the guys are getting. I loved, loved, loved Esquire, but I finally unsubscribed since I just never got to all the lengthy, beautifully written articles in it. I got Pink magazine for a while also, but it just felt like it was geared for much older women. Men’s Health (mentioned above) had a bunch of great advice columns, a few of which I’ve linked to here.
Local Magazines: We still get New York magazine, but at this point we’re just recycling them almost as soon as they come. We started because we felt like Time Out New York was too “young” for us; New York feels too old for us. I suppose it’s probably time that we subscribe to Time Out Kids or something like that. Sigh. I got The New Yorker for years and years and years and loved it, but always had huge piles of it whenever I moved… and I always felt like a pseudo-intellectual if I just read just the Shouts & Murmurs section and the comics and then recycled it. I finally stopped getting it when I decided to get Business Week, which I had always loved — but the weeklies really kill you in terms of paper, so I could only keep one. (I no longer get either!)
Others Magazines: I no longer get any design magazines. In the past I’ve gotten Elle Decor (love), Dwell (a wee bit highbrow for me), another highbrow one I’m totally blanking on, and Domino (may it rest in peace). I end up watching a lot of property/redesign shows on television as background noise, though, so maybe I’m getting my fill of it there. We also don’t get any entertainment magazines anymore. I love Entertainment Weekly, Us Magazine, and Rolling Stone, but I just don’t have the time to read them! So I tend to be pretty woefully informed about what movie is coming out or what hot new show I should watch. Oh, and I’m also liking my subscription to Parenting Early Years.
So there you have it — I’m kind of a magazine nerd. How about you guys — what are your must-reads every month? How have your tastes changed over the years?