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Will you recommend my next magazine subscription?

Asked by Simone_De_Beauvoir (38946points) May 8th, 2010

Here are some magazines I’ve subscribed to in the past:

1. Scientific American
2. National Geographic
3. Off Our Backs
4. Working Mother
5. Parents
6. Make/Shift
7. Brain,Child
8. MotherVerse

I know I’m forgetting a whole bunch…

Based on the above and your own personal experiences (and your knowledge of my likes and dislikes for those that know me), what magazine should I subscribe to next? I was thinking about this but would like more options. Thanks!

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VohuManah's avatar

From my limited reading of these at bookstores, BBC Knowledge or BBC Focus my be worthwhile if you’re interested in science and technology.

Akiora's avatar

I would say Wired. But then, I’m of the mindset that most everyone should read Wired.

Fly's avatar

It’s a magazine originally started by Andy Warhol that mostly talks about cool people you’ve never heard of.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Oh, cool suggestions you guys – @VohuManah I like that BBC Knowledge one!

lillycoyote's avatar

Harper’s A classic and still going strong.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@lillycoyote Too political, too much economics – I’d get riled up.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir How about Leg Sex, then, unless that will get you riled in a different way.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@lillycoyote LOL, at least I learned something new today.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir What about Rolling Stone? They have some great feature writing but it’s fun too.

lillycoyote's avatar

O.K. Simone, I’m done. I’ve given you three perfectly good recommendations, well, maybe two perfectly good recommendations and you have nixed them all. The only magazine I read on a regular basis these days is Dwell and that’s kind of specialized.

But these are others that enjoy and buy occasionally

Very light weight

Mental Floss

And lots of fun and interesting projects for Jean Paul Sartre. :)




I used to like Spy magazine, but they went under years ago. And I don’t know if there’s anything around like now.

prolificus's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir – Perhaps taking the opposite route on the political/philosophical spectrum would keep you up-to-date on current trends and challenge/affirm your beliefs? Any of these women’s magazines, family/religious, or religious magazines interest you?

In case you’ve not seen these lists on Wikipedia… Feminist Magazines, Women’s Magazines, Lesbian-related Magazines, Alternative Magazines, and LGBT periodicals.

tinyfaery's avatar

Utne Reader

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I recommend Liberty magazine (not the slick one that’s about religion; this is a plain paper, two-color journal of culture, thought, wit and humor).

I’m not so certain that you will like it, but I recommend it to just about everyone who asks the Q that you did.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@lillycoyote Alex would really enjoy Dwell. And I like the Mental Floss one so you did good!
@prolificus – My beliefs don’t need to be challenged through these magazines – they get challenged enough as it is and it’s not like my beliefs are so because of lack to exposure to the “other side” – I’ve read that stuff too and it makes me shake my head. It took many years to get where I am with my ideals, nothing in random magazines would challenge me. (and Cosmopolitan, really? :~) But I LOVE the Stack link, wow!
@tinyfaery – yes, that is an option, for sure!

Seek's avatar

Well, magazines I’ve subscribed to, and whether I recommend them:

Baseball Digest – Yes.
ESPN – No. Goes in the trash every time. We’ve never actually ordered or paid for it, but it keeps showing up.
Gourmet – Ignore the articles, save the recipes.
Bon Appetit – Love it.
The Economist – I’d love it more if I could afford to keep up the subscription
Spin – It’s pretty good.
Redbook – Meh.
Better Homes and Gardens – take it or leave it. I usually just keep recipes.
Mothering – Awesome. The single best resource for natural and alternative parenting I’ve found.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I love the last one and yeah we get the Advocate and OUT – and I never read those either

Jeruba's avatar

Discover looks interesting at the doctor’s office. Smithsonian the same. I still love Harper’s. There’s always Sunset. I happen to like Poets & Writers too.

Rarebear's avatar

American Scientist (not Scientific American)
Mother Jones
Foreign Affairs

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Rarebear I do like Atlantic, hmmm and I’ve read American Scientist as well and know that even though I love the topics, I just won’t read it.

Rarebear's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Those are just all magazines I have subscribed to in the past that I’ve liked. Problem with me is I don’t have time to do my book and journal reading let alone other readings as well.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I cannot tell a lie. I’m recommending this as a raging Anglophile, but this is a great magazine. I believe it’s a quarterly publication these days: Granta

Boy, I miss Spy, but refuse to read Graydon Carter’s Vanity Fair. He gave in to TPTB. Isn’t it ”ironic”?

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

How about “The Skeptic”? Alex would probably like “Home Power” and “Gramophone”. I get all three.

lillycoyote's avatar

@aprilsimnel Yes, I really, really miss Spy too. :(

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Kraigmo I’m definitely getting that one – thanks!

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land do you think the skeptic is better than the magazine I linked to in my detail section?

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir I think The Skeptic has a wider focus, but I’ve only seen one issue of the one you mentioned.

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