For a recent assignment, my Capstone class was instructed to read 10 Magazines Every Writer Should Read and choose three that we found to be of interest. Many caught my attention while others, admittedly, were not of any interest at all. Here are the nominees for three best magazines in a unique list of ten:
The New Yorker – Every time I open a New Yorker article, I feel as though I’m in for a treat. This is not a naive reaction resulting from the magazine’s prestige, but rather a belief garnered after just about every article from the publication has impressed me with its thoroughness and obsessive attention to detail. Everything from the articles to the cartoons to the magazine cover is packed with creative, smart (the cartoon jokes are almost always over my head), interesting material.
Oxford American – Though upon clicking the link to access the website I wasn’t sure — given the publication’s emphasis on “southern” subject matter — that the magazine would appeal to me, I was quite wrong. I quickly found joy in the fact that a “music” tab is on the home page and, subsequently, that there are many articles written about music. And they’re on weird southern-y topics (like Gram Parsons!) that are rare among the other publications I tend to read. So surprisingly, I’ll be sure to follow this one going forward.
Lucky Peach – Admittedly, I hate cooking. Furthermore, I’ve never really read anything about food. What’s nice about this magazine is that none of that matters. The articles on the site seamlessly combine personal narrative with food and science, even. I was happily surprised! From a short browse on the website, I’ve already found a number of articles that I intend to read and enjoy.