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Tom / January 17, 2005 7:14 AM

PcComputing and Muscle & Fitness..........

kramer / January 17, 2005 7:53 AM

Granta, The New Yorker. Sports Illustrated's been coming to my house for free for two years now.

steven / January 17, 2005 8:32 AM

camera arts, blind spot, us magazine, a couple of cooking mags...

Lisa / January 17, 2005 8:44 AM

The Sun (best literary magazine in the world)
The New Yorker
Atlantic Monthly
Harpers Magazine
Conde Nast Traveler
National Geographic Traveler
Budget Travel
and, of course, Cosmo because I am a classy lady...

Mike / January 17, 2005 8:51 AM

The Nation, National Geographic, the New Yorker, the Economist, the Atlantic Monthly (whenever there's a good cover article).

We also got a free sub. to Entertainment Weekly when we didn't even want it. You could say this is a magazine that I consistently don't read.

Naz / January 17, 2005 8:52 AM

Men's Journal

There used to be Adbusters but I still find something odd about them - like it's ironic or too snarky or something. Or sort of like getting wool pulled over your eyes but the people who are supposed to be the good guys.

paul / January 17, 2005 9:10 AM

I'm I gonna be the first to admit I still get Wired?

National Geographic
Bon Appetit
Cooks Illustrated
About a half dozen computer/printing/design trade mags at the office.

This question makes me think Gapers Block is starting to do demographic surveys. If so I'll screw the range up and say I get National Review.

Brenda / January 17, 2005 9:11 AM

Bust, Interactions, Celebrating Greyhounds, People/Us/InStyle (but just the best/worst dressed issues)

Sarah / January 17, 2005 9:11 AM

I am a magazine whore. I read the New Yorker, Harper's, nest magazine (which is sadly going out of business), Ready Made, Budget Living (my favorite), BUST, the east village inky, Venus, Variety, Crain's Chicago Business, InStyle, Lucky, and McSweeney's, Everyday Food, Real Simple, and Martha Stewart Living fairly regularly.

robin.. / January 17, 2005 9:22 AM

"punk planet" is my number one rag. "bitch" a close second (never has a grammar or proofing error, that one!). after that, i like to pick up the occaisional "economist," but i don't think i could ever handle a subscription; it's too much magazine for one person each week. i wish they had a bi-weekly subscription option...

Sarah / January 17, 2005 9:25 AM

Another Sarah, another magazine whore with some overlap to the previous Sarah:
New Yorker, Harper's, Ready Made, Bust, Bitch, Venus, Pistil (new Chicago mag about women-see Quimby's), Maire Claire, Bead & Button, Beadwork, Lapidary Journal, Wired, MacAddict, Maximum PC, InfoWeek (free from work), Dog-Eared Magazine (zine about books/art), Fast Company.

I subscribe to about half of these and buy single copies for some and I usually hit Border's once or twice a month and pick up 10 magazines and read them there.

jenny / January 17, 2005 9:32 AM

New Yorker, Dwell, any food porn (gastronomica, etc...), whatever's left on the mag rack at the gym.

Mikey B / January 17, 2005 9:33 AM

Utne Reader
Stop Smiling
American Theatre
Ad Busters
Cooks Illustrated

And Esquire, because I like to dream that some day I will be able to afford the products they push in it.

Thurston / January 17, 2005 9:44 AM

I hold subscriptions to the Economist, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Mojo, the Utne Reader, and The New Republic (on and off).

I highly recommend Foreign Policy Magazine.

amyc / January 17, 2005 9:44 AM

"bitch" a close second (never has a grammar or proofing error, that one!)

I know! I get so excited that they understand the distinction between hyphens and en-dashes!

In addition to Bitch, I also get Bust, Venus, Vegetarian Times, Extra! (the magazine from FAIR), NOW Times, Entertainment Weekly, the Bark, Utne, Ms., and Whole Dog Journal. Plus I've checked out the last few issues of Ready Made, Heeb, and Pistil, but I don't subscribe.

Pete / January 17, 2005 9:47 AM

Utne, The Atlantic, The Nation, Poets & Writers, The Believer (though my subscription ran out, and they mysteriously failed to badger me to renew--Eggers & Co. are such nice non-capitalists), Popular Photography, and various random literary journals.

Steve / January 17, 2005 9:48 AM

The Big Takeover, Magnet, Spin, Vanity Fair, and Esquire are the monthlies/quarterlies/wheneverlies that arrive in the mail with my name on the label.

And for bathroom reading, Entertainment Weekly and ESPN: The Magazine.

Plus the gal subscribes to The Atlantic Monthly and a few cooking mags. And she picks up People when shopping at the Jewels, but refuses to let me get her a subscription to it. But now, you all know her deep, dark secret....

am / January 17, 2005 9:54 AM

These days I stick to Discovery and various fashion rags (I just can't help myself!) like Lucky, Suede, Another Magazine, The Face, V, etc.

Andrew / January 17, 2005 10:20 AM

This question makes me think Gapers Block is starting to do demographic surveys.

Nope. Not yet, anyway. You'll recognize it when that happens. :)

We get:

I keep meaning to subscribe to Cook's Illustrated, and I'm sad that Nest is out of print.

daruma / January 17, 2005 10:30 AM

Whichever ones the mailman accidentally delivers to us. My office subscribes to GQ, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Blender, and National Geographic so I occasionally thumb through those. I'm big on Chicago, to see what photographers they are publishing.

j3s / January 17, 2005 10:32 AM

Before I moved, I had subscriptions to Poetry, Yoga Journal, and Perfect10. I also read the Economist, random lit journals (Paris Review, Fence, Pool, etc.), Poets and Writers, and the occasional Saveur.

Craig / January 17, 2005 10:34 AM

I love browsing magazines-- when I get sucked in to a good magazine store (Quimby's on North or Chicago-Main Newsstand in Evanston) I can be there for hours... I'm a design magazine whore: ID, Metropolis, Dwell, Abitare, Domus, etc... Wallpaper + Surface piss me off-- too much style, not enough substance. A recent favorite is The Next American City-- a really cool magazine on the future of America's urban centers.

I also love picking up the occasional music magazine (Wire, etc) and also have a strange obsession with free (maga)zines that are usually thinly veiled stacks of advertising.

Oh, and I subscribe to WIRED and I love it. Is that supposed to be embarassing?

Ian / January 17, 2005 11:03 AM

Blind Spot
Entertainment Weekly

Gordon / January 17, 2005 11:11 AM

Chicago's very own Pistil magazine! (Of course, I'm biased.)

I read The Comics Journal now and then, as well as Entertainment Weekly's film season preview issues.

Oh, and Discover magazine is the shit.

margot / January 17, 2005 11:25 AM

The Economist
Budget Living
Runner's World
Real Simple
US Weekly (guilty pleasure) many. Oh yes, for some bizarre reason I have been receiving Boating Monthly or something along those lines. Lucky me!

Kris / January 17, 2005 11:25 AM

I subscribe to the New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
I used to subscribe to Chicago and think about re-upping on it every once in a while.
I've been enjoying Paste lately (free CD and DVD!), but haven't subscribed yet.
I await the debut of Time Out Chicago with a mixture of excitement and resentment (since I sent them my resume and got no response).
Oh, and I bought a subscription to Gourmet as a xmas gift for a friend.

Yeah, I like magazines.

Leah / January 17, 2005 11:29 AM

Magazines I wish I read regularly/didn't let the subscription expire:
Utne Reader
YES! Magazine
Hightower Newsletter
New Yorker

Magazines I actually read regularly, pay newstand prices because I won't admit I read them every month and am emabarassed by:
Marie Claire

Alex / January 17, 2005 11:31 AM

The New Yorker
Conscious Choice

salty / January 17, 2005 11:32 AM

Ok, I'll be the first to admit I read "Parade" (in the Sunday Chicago Tribune) every week.

I crave finding out who's "In Step With James Brady"! And the letters section... oh my. All the fake (or heavily rewritten) questions and the neo-conservative-approved answers. And the front page articles about NASCAR or Laura Bush! It's like being able to crawl inside the head of a typical Fox News viewer for a little bit. It's my weekly sociological study.

I also read one of these magazines once a month (depending on which one I buy): In Style, Jane, Lucky. I can't help it.

The only magazine that I seriously read every month is the British music magazine "Q."

Marc / January 17, 2005 11:46 AM

The New Yorker
Vanity Fair

christian / January 17, 2005 11:55 AM

I tend to read a lot of magazines, a broad spectrum if you will.

For homes and interiors: Dwell, American Bungalow.
For cool stuff and ideas: Ready Made, Budget Living.
For music, articles and trends for women: Bust, Venus, and Pistil.

For automotive and motorcycles: Car Kulture Deluxe, Dice, Rolls and Pleats, Magneto, Garage, Ol' School Rods, The Horse (choppers) and Scoot!

Art, design and culture, or Kulture: Juxtapoz,, Sculpture, ID Magazine, Contemporary, How, New American Paintings, Barracuda, and other various art/photo mags.

eep / January 17, 2005 12:03 PM

I'm shallow. I have no substance. I read Entertainment Weekly and that's about it. Although I love pouring over ID and Photoshop Magazine at the bookstores, and I read my parents' copies of National Geographic and Smithsonian when I'm at their house. But mostly it's just Entertainment Weekly.

Shylo / January 17, 2005 12:03 PM

Kris, you mentioned Paste. I really like that magazine, and the extras are nice.

We do Esquire, Playboy (the articles are good), Saveur, the Economist, Vanity Fair, and occasionally the trashy In Touch and the Martha-free Living.

Antoinette / January 17, 2005 12:07 PM

I am crazy about magazines and always have been. I regularly read:

Utne Reader
The Nation
i-D (British- has the greatest photography)
Elle Decoration UK Edition (Best interior design)
Harper's Bazaar
The Sun
The Economist
Art Review

JayDee / January 17, 2005 12:22 PM

I always read 2600. I have no idea what most of the contributors are talking about, but I like their tone.

Also Harper's, The New Republic (art reviews), Afterimage. And Don Baylor's subscription to Chicago was transferred to us. I kid you not.

Cinnamon / January 17, 2005 12:34 PM

At home I get

The magazines I buy at a store:
Bust (just doesn't turn my crank as much since Bitch came out, but occasionally I gotta have it. I do always read Wendy McClure's column at the newstand though.)
Cook's Illustrated (keep meaning to get a subscription)
Interweave Knits (I love Annie Modesitt's patterns)
Lucky on occasion (I like the fact that's it admits it isn't going to make your life better, it's just going to show you cool stuff you'll want to buy)

Anthony / January 17, 2005 12:55 PM

Communication Arts

Paula / January 17, 2005 1:10 PM

I am quite the magazine junkie: New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's, The Sun, Esquire, Cook's Illustrated, Bon Appetite, Saveur, InStyle, Home, Metropolitan Home, Fine Homebuilding, No Depression, Folk Art, a bunch of archery magazines (geek alert), and I try to buy Jane and Bust on the newsstand. I used to subscribe to a magazine that went belly-up and now the publisher has given me Redbook instead which is so crappy I can't bear to read it.

Casey / January 17, 2005 1:10 PM

I didn't know Nest went out. I always used to read it in Border's because it cost $12. (Arts and Letters Daily links to the best of the magazine/essay writing out there)

Chicago: The Chicago Reporter, hard to find monthly in print but they do sharp, investigative reporting on issues of race and poverty months before the Trib or the Sun-Times get to it.

Political: The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, The National Review, Mother Jones

Books: New York Review of Books, Bookslut (I know it's a website but still)

Sports: ESPN, (just started, it's like SI run by Blender) Gray's Sporting Journal

General: Oxford American (It's back and it still makes me want to be Southern. The music issue with its CD sampler is incredible) New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire

Vices: Details, People en Espanol, Maxim and a prolonged addiction to Reader's Digest
And of course, Vice Magazine.

Weeklies: The Stranger (out of Seattle, but very much becoming to the rest of the country what the Village Voice was in the 1960s/70s). Austin Chronicle, The Jackson Free Press a compelling little weekly more or less run by one woman out of Jackson, Mississippi.

Paula / January 17, 2005 1:10 PM

I am quite the magazine junkie: New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper's, The Sun, Esquire, Cook's Illustrated, Bon Appetite, Saveur, InStyle, Home, Metropolitan Home, Fine Homebuilding, No Depression, Folk Art, a bunch of archery magazines (geek alert), and I try to buy Jane and Bust on the newsstand. I used to subscribe to a magazine that went belly-up and now the publisher has given me Redbook instead which is so crappy I can't bear to read it.

karen / January 17, 2005 1:34 PM

Subscription to:

Read for free @ Borders:
-Communication Arts
-Organic Style
and a few other random ones I don't ever want to pay for.

karen / January 17, 2005 1:38 PM

one more thing...

I await the debut of Time Out Chicago with a mixture of excitement and resentment (since I sent them my resume and got no response).

dont feel bad, i got a response & "no" was the answer.

Lisa / January 17, 2005 1:51 PM

Since I live in a dorm, and am afraid that when I move I will not get my mail forwarded, I buy the ones I really love or have them shipped from home. Damn college....
-SPIN (great music magazine)
-Q (Brit Music Magazine_
-NME (another Brit magazine, but a bit trashy)
-Rockpile (Independent Music Magazine)
-Nylon (Uppity New York magazine...guilty pleasure)
-Innerview (Its free everymonth, but it tells all the concerts in Chicago)
-Allure (Beauty magazine)
-And the occasional trash read like Star or Cosmo...

Louis / January 17, 2005 2:04 PM

The Nation
The New Yorker
Home Theater Magazine
Radio Control Car Action

Carrie / January 17, 2005 2:07 PM

Discover; Archaeology; MS; National Geographic; Glamour; Cosmo; Marie Claire. Secretly, I love People, too. I should just subscribe to it because I get a little embarrassed buying it at the store.

Steve / January 17, 2005 2:10 PM

Ok, I'll be the first to admit I read "Parade" (in the Sunday Chicago Tribune) every week.

I crave finding out who's "In Step With James Brady"! And the letters section... oh my. All the fake (or heavily rewritten) questions and the neo-conservative-approved answers. And the front page articles about NASCAR or Laura Bush! It's like being able to crawl inside the head of a typical Fox News viewer for a little bit.

Parade's a must, of course, for the reasons Salty mentions -- I just never think of it as an actual magazine, since each issue only has about 1000 words of screed to accompany all them ads....

Sarah / January 17, 2005 2:11 PM

Magazines are disposable by nature. There is no need to apologize for reading the particularly trashy ones.

The last issue of Nest is currently available in bookstores. The editorial says that it is the last issue and that the staff members are all looking to move on.

My favorite issue of Nest was the one with the feature on Amy Sedaris's apartment. As far as gimmicks go, I also liked the issue with uncut pages. That issue came with a popsicle stick that you were to use to cut the pages by hand, Jane Austen style.

Time Out London is excellent. Time Out New York is a piece of crap. They always seem to have feature articles on things like "what to take your hostess in the hamptons to ensure that you'll receive another invitation". So I too am a little unsure about what to think about the upcoming release of Time Out Chicago. I've heard good things about some of the section editors and bad things about the EOC. Guess it could go either way. Well, we will always have the Reader.

Sarah (again) / January 17, 2005 2:11 PM

Um that was supposed to be EIC and not EOC.

emily / January 17, 2005 2:29 PM

I subscribe to Vogue (purely by accident), Self and Lucky, and read miscellaneous cooking, craft, and art mags that I buy randomly because I can't decide which ones are worth subscribing to.

I'm waiting for my subscriptions to Dwell and Food & Wine to start, and am lusting for subscriptions to Cook's Illustrated and ReadyMade.

Audrey / January 17, 2005 2:40 PM

Are you guys really reading all these mags, or just subscribing??

I subscribe to Camera Arts, LensWork, The Economist, Health, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and the New Yorker, but I have about eight issues of the New Yorker and six issues of the Economist sitting in a "to-read" pile, along with numerous books that made critic's "best of 2004" lists. It's all turning into a great end table.

Now, I just wish I could remember half of what I read...

Rudiger / January 17, 2005 2:42 PM

I don't think anyone has said The Baffler yet so I will; people who like harper's should check that one out.
Also Stop Smiling and The Believer.

Mike / January 17, 2005 3:36 PM


My mom subscribes to Foreign Affairs, I think it's one of the more interesting magazine/journals out there. It's like sitting down and having coffee with Colin Powell.
I will never get a sub. though, because unlike the Economist or Foreign Policy, I find myself trying to tip the table over, screaming nonsense obscenities ("Motherfucker Shit Bastard!!") and punching the wall whenever someone like Richard Perle, Cheney or Wolfowitz does an essay.

K / January 17, 2005 3:45 PM

Entertainment Weekly
Budget Living
Newsweek (thanks, WBEZ!)

I tried Chicago Magazine, but the whole thing is ads for spas and condos. What a waste.

Lisa (Leelah) / January 17, 2005 4:01 PM

I only included the ones I have subscriptions, too, but there are tons of others named here that I read for free. I notice that nobody included the new Star Magazine. I don't understand... it's glossy now... of course it's just like Us and People, not the National Enquirer!

For any photography junkies, Photographic is great, AND My friend Rich was one of the winners of this month's contest:

roderick / January 17, 2005 4:09 PM

Oh man.

My subscription to Maxim just ran out. Yes, THAT Maxim.

My mom got me a subscription to Popular Photography.

And that's about it. How do you all find the time for so much reading?

katie / January 17, 2005 4:19 PM

magazines are all about brain candy for me: jane, glamour, lucky, martha stewart. i read Oprah at my mom's house. I have a small collection of wedding mags, too, but they're almost all the same, so it's not worth it to amass too many.

also, I really enjoy Maxim. it's like a male version of Cosmo, but actually funny and interesting.

Brian Sobolak / January 17, 2005 4:38 PM

How do I find time to read magazines? Anytime, I suppose. On the train, over breakfast (when eating alone), in the bathroom, before bed, etc. I recognize that my book quota has gone done, mostly because I read more magazines now than I used to.

Plus, I find I don't read everything. A book you read cover to cover. A magazine I only read what interests me for as long as it interests me. So yes, I read the Economist every week. Do I read the survey about Taiwan? No, maybe the intro. That's the only way to get through it.

(By the way, the Economist bills iteself as a newspaper. Which is another topic we should have up here.)

Alice / January 17, 2005 5:06 PM

The only periodicals I get are professional publications like Library Journal or the VRA Bulletin. Commerical mags don't interest me at all anymore. I just become enraged by how much of most mags are advertising and complete crap.

AJ / January 17, 2005 5:23 PM

Subscribe to:

Mental Floss
Cooking Light
Utne Reader
Fast Company
Mac User

Read US, Star, People, etc. at the Jewel checkout :)

mike-ts / January 17, 2005 8:56 PM

Vanity Fair
Maxim (the photo captions rock!)
New York
plus whatever catches my eye via the cover blurb in any genre of magazine

Yeah, I read way above my current situation in life - no money, fancy clothes, or means of changing the world - but so what. Do I subscribe to all of these? No, I just spend time in the Big Box bookseller's cafe and get some mental dinner for the price of a couple cups of coffee. The weather sucks, so I can either spend an afternoon in front of the TV at home yelling at a bunch of millionaires who can't hear me (or couldn't care what I say if they could), or get out among people while keeping up with the world.

IV / January 17, 2005 9:51 PM

I read lots of magazines, but these are the ones I get delivered to my home:
-Electronic Gaming Monthly
-Asian Cult Cinema

jonk / January 17, 2005 11:07 PM

The Nation
Popular Culture

jenn / January 18, 2005 12:08 AM

Bitch, Juxtapoz, Giant Robot, and Venus. I also like Punk Planet, although its font is so small, and ReadyMade.

michelle / January 18, 2005 12:51 AM

Entertainment Weekly
Architectural Record
Nordic Reach
The Wire

fred / January 18, 2005 5:37 AM


Periodicals are expensive.

Jen / January 18, 2005 5:50 AM

I always say I have a prescription to the Nation, `cuz I couldn't live without it.

Maggie / January 18, 2005 9:06 AM

Wow, I used to think I was a magazine junkie. I also use magazines as brain candy. Let's see...

Us Weekly
Sports Illustrated
ESPN the Magazine, though they're starting to get on my nerves
and yes, Parade. It cracks me up.

davin / January 18, 2005 9:23 AM

see i hate magazines because they are wasteful and fleeting. but i also have a secret obsession. every time i travel it is an excuse to buy lots of magazines.

new yorker

what a waste of money eh?

Andrew / January 18, 2005 10:24 AM

I forgot to include Natural History in my list earlier. Much thinner than Smithsonian, but just as interesting.

Benjy / January 18, 2005 10:36 AM

Sports Illustrated
Motor Trend
Maxim (it was free)

nicholas / January 18, 2005 10:36 AM

National Geographic
Stop Smiling
Urb (but i'm letting it lapse)
Bust (when my sister gets it)
Real Simple (always in my girlfriend's bathroom)

daruma / January 18, 2005 10:38 AM

When I was younger my fave magazine was Andy Warhol's Interview. Is that still around?

anne / January 18, 2005 12:05 PM

Yup, Interview is around, but not nearly as good as it was back in the day. I only had my subscription for a year.

I just decided not to re-up my New Yorker or Harper's subscriptions this year as I just don't have enough time to read them any more.

I still get: BUST, ReadyMade, Poets & Writers, Poetry, (plus a slew of lit. journals that come bi-annually), InStyle (thanks to a friend's mom who gets me a subscription for free), and Outside Magazine.

meg / January 18, 2005 12:36 PM

I subscribe to:
The Oxford American
Ready Made
No Depression
Cooking Light
Eating Well

I sometimes unashamedly buy Vogue. I sometimes covertly buy US or People.

Sarah / January 18, 2005 1:27 PM

My parents recently got me a subscription to Prevention magazine. I don't know what they were thinking. Just because they are 60 doesn't mean that I have to be. :)

Jon Frank / January 19, 2005 10:27 AM

I get the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists,
various newsletters, sometimes Scientific American;
I steal my gf's copies of the Nation and the
Progressive. The Bulletin is made in Chicago;
I'm surprised I haven't seen it listed above.

Indyfilmz / October 9, 2005 7:36 PM

The New Yorker always
Granta always
The Sun always
Utne Reader sometimes
Mother Jones sometimes
Tikkun sometimes
NYRB sometimes
and interesting odd things from the free box at the food coop in my town

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