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Mota Boy
07-10-2006, 04:23 AM
I'm going to have an apartment next semester and I'm contemplating finally subscribing to magazines, because they rock. I'm considering getting three, because that seems like a good number that'll allow me to read about a broad array of issues without giving myself too much required reading a week. Also, when I've had this discussion with other before, three seems like a magic number, and it's a surprisingly interesting discussion.

As for me, number one would be The Economist. Hands down the best publication for what's going on around the globe. Quite objective and very good reporting, with plenty of straight-up news with deft analysis, and also a good section devoted to broader social issues and movements. Just damn good.

Number two would probably be Rolling Stone. Sure, it's a raging liberal publication, but I'm a raging liberal. And it still does investigative journalism, which is, unfortunately, increasingly rare these days. Plus, it's a good umbrella publication for following pop culture. It's not great on any one of the things, unfortunately, but I certainly prefer it to Entertainment Weekly.

The third one is trickier. My family subscribes to Time, and while I used to love it and would've chosen it a few years ago, I'm starting to see it more and more as the magazine version of USA Today. And even when it does have in-depth articles, I just don't read them. There's something off-putting about 'em.

I like The Atlantic Monthly, but if I'm gonna get three, I feel that Rolling Stone and The Economist already tread on too much if its territory.

Popular Science fills in a good gap in knowledge if I'm already getting international business and politics and US domestic politics and entertainment. It's a fairly solid and well-written publication that gives you a good number of interesting talking points a bit outside the general pool of knowledge. Definately one to consider.

Also, though, I really like Foreign Affairs. I'm a foreign policy junkie, I admit it, and the articles there go into amazing depth on certain issues to the point that I feel they enhance my understanding and perception of the world more than anything else I read. Even though it's a bimonthly publication, this might be a winner... or perhaps even a fourth choice.

Also, there's Playboy. Hey, don't laugh. Playboy's articles actually are interesting. It has good fiction, an interesting slant on social issues and great interviews. Not to mention the giant pictures of naked women.

Ultimately I think I might go with Playboy. In part, just because I like the idea of subscribing to it. There's something almost defiant about getting it now, what with the twin assaults from the Christian right and the feminist left, there's something about it that makes me want to send my own little "fuck you" to the concept of public shame. And then maybe I'd get Foreign Affairs too.

Damn, this is harder than I thought.

Nina
07-10-2006, 04:39 AM
As for me, number one would be The Economist. Hands down the best publication for what's going on around the globe. Quite objective and very good reporting[...].


I have only read like three articles out of this magazine and they were all very very biased. So you say I just had bad luck?

Mota Boy
07-10-2006, 06:58 AM
I say you need to name three magazines, missy.

Sunny
07-10-2006, 07:00 AM
i am a pretty simple and nerdy magazine reader:

print
id
dwell.

mrconeman
07-10-2006, 07:02 AM
Guitar One: Free stuff, interviews with guitar players, tabs, excercises, music news ect

Guitar World: Free stuff, interviews with guitar players, tabs, excercises, music news ect

Playboy: Interesting articles, and naked women.

Endymion
07-10-2006, 07:06 AM
i was going to recommend either scientific american or discover. you seemed the type to want to keep up with the going-ons of the scientific community, even if those two do sometimes get things mixed up in the translation. anyway, i found scientific american to be a bit deeper and a bit more accurate than the others, not to mention better editing.

Little_Miss_1565
07-10-2006, 08:24 AM
i am a pretty simple and nerdy magazine reader:

print
id
dwell.

My artist mum reads those three religiously! :D

My idea for three magazines to subscribe to:

1. Bust. Third-wave, sex-positive feminist magazine. I've subscribed for several years now. It's aimed at women, but a man open to such ideas could dig it as well. Plus, there's a (really good and well-written) porno story in each issue!

2. Punk Rock Confidential. Its tagline is "Everything but the music"--a quarterly gossip-type magazine about your favorite punk etc. non-mainstreamish bands (though AFI is on the cover of the new one, and when asked about the beauty products he uses, Hunter quips "Soap and water. I don't think a day goes by that I don't use soap and water!" Meanwhile, Davey's responses make him sound like King Of All Gays.)

3. The New York Times Sunday Edition. It's a newspaper, sure, but it comes with a magazine. And a book review. And lots of awesome stuff. It's a full-day's read! I barely got through the magazine alone while doing laundry yesterday.

the_GoDdEsS
07-10-2006, 08:49 AM
The Watchtower anyone? The funniest thing in Germany were these Chinamen who were subscribed to it and it was all in Chinese.

And I don't really read any magazines.

Betty
07-10-2006, 09:19 AM
Fuck. My number one is the Economist, and I thought I was gonna be the first one saying it. And it is biased. I'm going to suscribe to it as soon as I have more than $3 in my bank account. I think it's $189 for a year. I figure having physical copies will force me to read about the world, like on the bus and stuff.

Number two I guess is Chemical and Engineering News. I'll get a discount once I'm a grad student and that's probably a good idea.

I don't know otherwise. My family has always suscribed to Reader's Digest, which I'm just so used to sitting and reading every time I have 5 minutes to spare when I go home.

killer_queen
07-10-2006, 10:00 AM
And I don't really read any magazines.
Same here. I love those colorful pages, though. But there aren't any good magazines worth reading in Turkey. And I can't be one of those people who read Cosmo and that kind of stuff. I just like looking at fashion magazines.

the_GoDdEsS
07-10-2006, 10:17 AM
And I can't be one of those people who read Cosmo and that kind of stuff.

Oh God. Sick disgusting kill. We read that out loud with friends when we were drunk as hell and laughed like idiots. Baaaad stuff. I wouldn't ever read that. I don't really like fashion or women magazines either.

Tizzalicious
07-10-2006, 10:37 AM
I like Cosmo.

I would love to subscribe to Bust, I love their website. But eh, international subscriptions are waaay expensive. So no.

Mota Boy
07-10-2006, 10:49 AM
3. The New York Times Sunday Edition. It's a newspaper, sure, but it comes with a magazine. And a book review. And lots of awesome stuff. It's a full-day's read! I barely got through the magazine alone while doing laundry yesterday.
Oh man, when I was living in Birmingham my Sunday routine involved going to a local coffeeshop with live music and free Times and downing Eggs Benedict and black java. A great routine assuming you went to bed before dawn Saturday night.


I think it's $189 for a year. I figure having physical copies will force me to read about the world, like on the bus and stuff.
According to their website, it's $89 (US) annually. So now you owe me a hundred bucks. You can make it up to me in drinks.

Sunny
07-10-2006, 10:54 AM
cosmo is funny, mostly cause the sex/relationship advice is just.. so.. lame.

like, seriously. "30 Ways to Blow Your Man's Mind" and it's like:

- tickle him with a feather
- cradle his balls like you were holding a little baby bird (sic)
- rub your silk panties on his chest
- consider using furry handcuffs

uh, yeah, spicing up the sex life HARDCORE!

arak0r
07-10-2006, 10:55 AM
3 magazine subs? easy,

national geographic, astronomy, and uhhh either scientific american, or discover. shit. :[

killer_queen
07-10-2006, 12:03 PM
cosmo is funny, mostly cause the sex/relationship advice is just.. so.. lame.

like, seriously. "30 Ways to Blow Your Man's Mind" and it's like:

- tickle him with a feather
- cradle his balls like you were holding a little baby bird (sic)
- rub your silk panties on his chest
- consider using furry handcuffs

uh, yeah, spicing up the sex life HARDCORE!
Don't forget those "RESPECT YOURSELF", "LOVE YOURSELF" messages in every article. They explain why most of the women who read Cosmo are narcissistic cunts.

wheelchairman
07-10-2006, 01:00 PM
My ex subscribed to the economist. And I would read it when I was bored. It's not at all unbiased. Every problem in the 3rd world is due to lack of a liberalized free market. It is however, interesting. And covers area of the world missed by the main stream news, so even with a bias, you'll still be informed. As a subscriber on my route said, "ah yes the economist, that'll make you smart."

If I were you, I'd be very tempted to get National Geographic. I've always wanted a subscription to that. I thinks it's wonderfully informative, both with modern issues, geographical studies, and neat science-y things. This will be the first magazine I subscribe to.

I always considered the Times to be a contra-magazine to the Economist. If you want fiction, there is the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. One of the editors really likes my mom's short stories, so they always come in there every so often.

Little_Miss_1565
07-10-2006, 01:50 PM
Don't forget those "RESPECT YOURSELF", "LOVE YOURSELF" messages in every article. They explain why most of the women who read Cosmo are narcissistic cunts.

I also love how Cosmo started having seriously softcore erotic stories after Bust started getting so popular. Bust is still way better at everything--sex tips, empowering oneself, even fashion.

Vera
07-10-2006, 01:59 PM
I don't know what you'd like, MB, but I know what I'd like.

My picks would be (all in Finnish).

Image - Stylish, hot, investigative, reviews, lengthy articles. Looks good, hell, even smells good. http://www.image.fi/5-606/

Helsingin Sanomat - Yeah, I'm boring. Best newspaper in Finland. http://www.hs.fi/

Tiede - Science mag. Just general good science stuff. Articles both by Finnish scientists and science journalists, and translated articles and newsitems from leading foreign science mags. http://www.tiede.fi/ (Check out the orgasm goat on the website.)

Sunny
07-10-2006, 02:00 PM
regarding Cosmo: all their "grrrl-power!" empowerment is purely consumption-based and phony. I mean, it's like "love yourself - in your manolo blahniks!". (which are fugly and uncomfortable, thanks, but that's besides the point).
"respect yourself - and get vag rejuvenation and anal bleaching!"
"the bare-faced look and 30 makeup products to achieve it with!"
"love your body the way it is and lose 15 lbs by the end of the summer!"

i mean, seriously, give me a fucking break. i don't get people who think Cosmo is at ALL woman-friendly.

wheelchairman
07-10-2006, 02:06 PM
According to some woman's magazine, a French man is the perfect man for me. :(

JoY
07-10-2006, 02:09 PM
regarding Cosmo: all their "grrrl-power!" empowerment is purely consumption-based and phony. I mean, it's like "love yourself - in your manolo blahniks!". (which are fugly and uncomfortable, thanks, but that's besides the point).
"respect yourself - and get vag rejuvenation and anal bleaching!"
"the bare-faced look and 30 makeup products to achieve it with!"
"love your body the way it is and lose 15 lbs by the end of the summer!"

i mean, seriously, give me a fucking break. i don't get people who think Cosmo is at ALL woman-friendly.
oh, but that's what makes it so entertaining. *giggles*

I'd take a mag like cosmo. it'd rawk! so funniez.

Sunny
07-10-2006, 02:12 PM
i dunno, buying cosmo is like paying $5 to watch retards throw jello at each other. i mean, it's funny, but it's a total fucking waste... not to mention it gets redundant.

killer_queen
07-10-2006, 02:29 PM
The best places to read cosmo without paying anything are waiting rooms and hair dressers.


I mean, it's like "love yourself - in your manolo blahniks!". (which are fugly and uncomfortable, thanks, but that's besides the point).

I can't believe it. I mean, it's obvious that they're uncomfortable but fugly? My aunt would have a heart attack if she heard this.

Sunny
07-10-2006, 02:33 PM
i dunno, all the sparkles, big rhinestones, gold leather, leopard print and croc make me feel like i'm at Payless Shoe Source.

...the sale rack.

and i like Payless.. but i ain't paying $800 to look cheap. =/

the_offsprings_monkey
07-10-2006, 03:02 PM
Nutz

Zoo

Max Power

They're such ladz magz

Little_Miss_1565
07-10-2006, 03:21 PM
Wait a second...are you actually telling me there is a magazine for "lads" called "Nutz"?!

H1T_That
07-10-2006, 03:23 PM
Wait a second...are you actually telling me there is a magazine for "lads" called "Nutz"?!


its more of a porno with lame jokes than a magazine to be honest.

the_offsprings_monkey
07-10-2006, 03:36 PM
its more of a porno with lame jokes than a magazine to be honest.
It's not porn! It may have the odd pair of tits, but that's about it.

H1T_That
07-10-2006, 03:50 PM
It's not porn! It may have the odd pair of tits, but that's about it.

doesnt every page have adverts for porn lines?

the_offsprings_monkey
07-10-2006, 03:51 PM
doesnt every page have adverts for porn lines?
No, just like 2 pages near the back, and advertising porn, doesn't make it a porno mag.

H1T_That
07-10-2006, 03:52 PM
No, just like 2 pages near the back, and advertising porn, doesn't make it a porno mag.

whatever, its still a shit magazine.

the_offsprings_monkey
07-10-2006, 03:54 PM
whatever, its still a shit magazine.
What about Zoo? It's pretty much the same, only more compact.

H1T_That
07-10-2006, 03:57 PM
What about Zoo? It's pretty much the same, only more compact.

precisley, 2 magazines, both pretty much the same, both crap.

in a sense, i can see how they are both very successful, combining naked women and 'blokes stuff' etc, but to see naked women, i'd prefer to buy a proper porno, and to hear some jokes i'd buy a joke magazine.

Betty
07-10-2006, 06:01 PM
According to their website, it's $89 (US) annually. So now you owe me a hundred bucks. You can make it up to me in drinks.

One year subscription to the print edition delivered to Canada is indeed $189. YOU LOSE. But I'd buy you a drink anyday, regardless.

BREAK
07-10-2006, 06:24 PM
Adbusters
Interview
Under The Radar
(something that prints short stories or something)

Little_Miss_1565
07-10-2006, 07:31 PM
Bah, I hate Adbusters. I stopped reading it when it got all leftist for the sake of being leftist.

wheelchairman
07-11-2006, 03:51 AM
Anyone remember when the Comic News was good? Or is that only a Eugene thing?

You could also subscribe to Mad Magazine. That's what I'd do.

Sunny
07-11-2006, 04:12 AM
Bah, I hate Adbusters. I stopped reading it when it got all leftist for the sake of being leftist.

took the words right out of my mouth.

<3!

Sin Studly
07-11-2006, 04:49 AM
The Big Issue, so I could gloat at the stinking refuse of society from the comforts of my living room.
Wall Street Journal, so I could leave copies lying around for visitors to see, and pretend to have read them.
And yeah, The Watchtower definitely deserves a mention.

That being said, I probably wouldn't bother to read any of them. Except to get my sadism fix reading sob stories from the Big Issue.

Rocky-girl
07-11-2006, 07:45 AM
As for me, number one would be The Economist.
That must be interesting, I think.


Number two would probably be Rolling Stone.
I'm buying it, nothing super-interesting. But it's the best magazine about music, I have got here. Sometimes it's very lovely and I like it.


Also, there's Playboy. Hey, don't laugh. Playboy's articles actually are interesting.
I was always interested in this magazine, I never could understand it's appointment ( why one like to look on girls on the pages, when there are a lot of girls around???), but girls there are really good, don't think nothing wrong.

Mota Boy
07-11-2006, 08:39 AM
I was always interested in this magazine, I never could understand it's appointment ( why one like to look on girls on the pages, when there are a lot of girls around???), but girls there are really good, don't think nothing wrong.
Exactly. There are a lot of girls around, but not a lot of completely naked, absolutely gorgeous, digitally-enhanced girls around. Plus, there actually are good articles! No, seriously! If I just wanted porn I'd get it free on the internet.

And as for The Economist being biased, perhaps I didn't use a good enough qualifier as "quite" before the word "objective". "Relatively" may have been better. For one, it's not biased towards first-world issues like so many other publications - it has articles on every section of the globe. For another, coming from the US, it's refreshingly non-partisan, and I guess I should've used the word originally. Yes, it's articles have a bias, but it's nice to see something away from the usual party-centric standard. It's the non-partisan element that I enjoy. I intially tried to say that it was both non-biased in certain instances and yet had a refreshing editorial section in others, but I didn't explain it well. So let's just say that The Economist rocks my socks like a fox in a box. That easy enough for the critics, the cynics and all my heroes in the methadone clinics?

sKratch
07-11-2006, 10:43 AM
Everyone failed to point out that there's hot African titties in National Geographic.

Rocky-girl
07-11-2006, 12:14 PM
So let's just say that The Economist rocks my socks like a fox in a box.
This I like the most. Are you economist or do you just interested in economy? I think I'll look for this magazine here.

TheUnholyNightbringer
07-11-2006, 03:30 PM
I don't read many magazines, but..

New Scientist, for one. Since I stopped doing science at school, I really get out of touch with scientific stuff. I pick up a New Scientist every four months or so and read it cover to cover. I really should start subscribing to it. Scientific stuff does interest me, but I'm a lazy bastard.

3D World. You may think that an odd pick if you know what it is. It's a magazine devoted to 3D rendering and software, and whatnot. But I don't have any software or anything like that. I just love the theory behind it. I'd gladly read one if it was plonked on my doorstep - only problem is I'd start wanting to get the software. I'm not only lazy, I'm also poor.

White Dwarf, the monthly Warhammer magazine. No, I don't play Warhammer (anymore) but I like to keep up to date with stuff, and I enjoy reading it anyway. People don't seem to realise that it's not just about the game; if you read the articles, the theory behind it all is astoundingly detailed. I get most White Dwarves and I'd love to not have to walk to GW.

HornyPope
07-11-2006, 03:33 PM
I don't like print media very much.

no_way
07-11-2006, 03:46 PM
I would suscribe to:

- The Rolling Stones magazine
- Mano (local magazine)
- Some really weird punk magazine

JoY
07-11-2006, 04:29 PM
i dunno, buying cosmo is like paying $5 to watch retards throw jello at each other. i mean, it's funny, but it's a total fucking waste... not to mention it gets redundant.
but oh, I don't pay for it. hell no. my roommates do. I've got billions of cosmos at the toilet waiting for me whenever I take a shit to entertain me.

yes, that was too much information.

sKratch
07-11-2006, 08:36 PM
Oh and as far as The Economist is concerned... I don't know for myself, but my friend said roughly, "I want to subscribe to the Economist so I can see what people I don't agree with are thinking," meaning it is quite biased toward conservatism.

Betty
07-11-2006, 10:22 PM
BUT, as the guy who got me hooked on it insisted, they supported Kerry in the last election... hence the non-partisanship that was mentionned.

HornyPope
07-11-2006, 10:32 PM
If they are an international publication, their support for either Bush or Kerry doesn't at all mean what you think it does since their priorities for supporting either is made of reasons absolutly alien to you voters in north America.
Both the repub and demo foreign agendas were pretty much the same these past two terms, anyways. So just because they liked Kerry doesn't at all mean they suscribe to his platform at home for a more "liberal" (in the American sense) economy.

Just sayin'....

SkunkIt
07-11-2006, 10:33 PM
I barely read magazines, but I read these three the most, since I find them most interesting:

XXL: I barely listen to Rap and I barely read this.

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: Nice bikes.

Cycle World: Nice bikes.

Betty
07-11-2006, 10:53 PM
If they are an international publication, their support for either Bush or Kerry doesn't at all mean what you think it does since their priorities for supporting either is made of reasons absolutly alien to you voters in north America.
Both the repub and demo foreign agendas were pretty much the same these past two terms, anyways. So just because they liked Kerry doesn't at all mean they suscribe to his platform at home for a more "liberal" (in the American sense) economy.

Just sayin'....

Well, I get the impression that, although they cover international news, they are mainly focussed on the UK and the US.

But anyway, I don't think you're really contradicting my point. Because the point was regarding the partisanship, not the actual opinions, which definitely lead toward fiscal conservatism, I'm not denying that.

HornyPope
07-12-2006, 02:58 AM
Well I understood that by saying "well they supported Kerry" you retorted to Skratch who said they have a conservative lean (as in "kerry fans aren't conservative"). What I wanted pointed out is that supporting one president on an international sphere doesn't carry the same associations as an American who supports a given president at home.

But I understand now. I followed the bits of conversation and spotted the argument. Alles klar!

Sunny
07-12-2006, 04:22 AM
I don't like print media very much.

you, sir, are a blasphemer. ;p

wheelchairman
03-10-2008, 04:31 AM
I just got that subscription to National Geographic. (Okay trial subscription.)

The best part is, it's in Danish so Tizz can't read it. Meaning I maintain the monopoly of information in this household. HOW DO YOU LIKE IT KITCHEN BITCH? (also no sharing yay)

EDIT:
And then maybe I'd get Foreign Affairs too.


Ha my apartment is covered with these. (They are my Uncle's.) I haven't read them because I thought they might be some kind of phone book or something.

T-6005
03-10-2008, 07:53 AM
It's funny, National Geographic was the only one I thought of when opening this thread, and Per was the only one to mention it, and so far the only one to mention his subscription.

In this house we have about 6 years of National Geographic on the bookshelf. It's impressive looking, if nothing else.

JoY
03-10-2008, 08:10 AM
It's funny, National Geographic was the only one I thought of when opening this thread, and Per was the only one to mention it, and so far the only one to mention his subscription.

In this house we have about 6 years of National Geographic on the bookshelf. It's impressive looking, if nothing else.

no, Joey mentioned it aswell.
lol.

anyway, honestly I would really dig a subscription to National Geographic, but I'm pretty much set in that department. my parents & my man's parents have tons & tons of the things lying around & so do I. what I crave more right now is a subscription to a medical journal. that'd be good. I used to be subscribed to one, but unfortunately a year has gone by since the subscription & that was that.

Sunny
03-10-2008, 08:19 AM
i recently discovered Monocle. i suppose it's meant to be a men's magazine, but i love it because the articles are awesome and the publication is wonderfully put together. it's a little expensive, but definitely worth it.

Apathy
03-10-2008, 07:02 PM
Hey, if you want a raging liberal publication, go for the nation. (http://www.thenation.com/)

Nicole
03-11-2008, 12:10 AM
I can't name names as unfortunately I haven't picked up a magazine minus the last time I flew (music magazines ahoy). So I'll give you some genres.

- Something that tells me what's going on in the world in that all important "unbiased" but truly liberal slant.
- Music. Something that fills the more alternative niche because that's what I listen to, just not heavy stuff exclusively, because that gets old and not so much to my overall taste these days.
- Something scientific. If I can find something that includes astronomy and medical stuff in the one mag I will be a happy camper.

If anybody knows whether these fictional magazines have titles and Australian availability give me the heads up.