How to Be a Playgirl, a Barnes and Noble Nook Snap by Mental Floss editor Jessanne Collins, is a short—just 24 pages—and highly readable recounting of the highlights of her year-long experience as an editor of Playgirl magazine. Playgirl “debuted in the summer of 1973 and was billed as a sex-positive, fun-oriented feminist response to Hugh Hefner's empire”; when Collins started there in 2007 and until it shuttered in 2008, it bore only a slight resemblance to the original.
In a recent two-hour conversation, Collins and I pored over the covers of select issues of Playgirl. It’s a fascinating journey to go from the first issue, in [...]
"Ballin'," Young Jeezy
"'And that', he says, smiling, 'is a great feeling.'" (Gerard Butler, Men's Journal, November 2012)
"'I'm finally part of a family, and it's a miracle.'" (Drew Barrymore, Allure, January 2013)
"There is Blue, and a big, boundless future ahead." (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Vogue, March 2013)
"'One thing that is exciting about being a woman is that you can rediscover your beauty over and over.'" (Salma Hayek, Allure, September 2011)
"She flashes a radiant smile. 'All you have to have is a dream, and then you make it happen,' she says." (Gisele Bundchen, Vanity Fair, May 2009)
"After acknowledging the euphoric guests, the president said, 'Excuse [...]
The Runcible Spoon is an independent and D.C.-based food magazine that, in its own words, aims to capture "the pleasures of eating through a home-curated blend of storytelling, collage, illustration — and a dash of whimsy." (Less than a dollop, more than a sprinkle??) Their latest issue, out this week, is The Gross Issue, and it's dedicated to unpleasant, unpleasant-ish, and theoretically unpleasant but ultimately pleasant foods and food experiences.
For instance, there's a good recipe for vinegar-seltzer drinks (previously: drinking vinegar), and a short but captivating description of pig's blood ice cream. The magazine has a cute, pasted-together look, and is available for $3 or $6 an [...]
Dr. Oz has a new magazine. It's called The Good Life, and according to Dr. Oz’s editor’s note, the purpose of this new venture is “to make your life more vital and more meaningful… Every word will be treated as preciously as the person reading it.” So I read the magazine, asking myself as I went: Did The Good Life make my life feel more vital and more meaningful? Did every word make me feel precious? Please join me on this very personal journey through Dr. Oz’s The Good Life.
••• Reading about Alison Brower’s fiery passion for health, I was forced to ask myself: “Do I have a fiery [...]
There are two issues at play here. One explanation for this assumption is that the type of “serious” journalism that women’s magazines do—an article about the Chinese marriage crisis in Marie Claire, a profile of political brothers Julian and Joaquin Castro in Vogue, a piece about how to spot an ovarian cyst in Cosmo—isn’t respected as much as the “serious” journalism in men’s magazines. This is supported by the sense among female journalists that they’ll limit their career trajectories if they go too far in a woman-oriented direction. [...]
Kindling Quarterly is a magazine for dads that features photos of well-dressed men playing their facial hair A-games while wearing work boots and holding ukeleles while sitting on bicycles next to their similarly well dressed babies and small children. On the cover you'll find headlines like "Chris Kaskie of Pitchfork," "Traveling Istanbul with a Baby," and "Watching Mr Mom with Foucault." You know, dad stuff. Its second issue will be published soon. Here's what cofounder David Michael Perez has to say about it.
Well, [Kindling] refers to the small sticks or twigs used to start a fire, namely a campfire or bonfire. For me the connection to fatherhood is the [...]
Here is this weekend's New York Times Magazine cover. (The orbiting objects, if you can't tell: The Friends-of-Bill Black Hole, The Super-Pac Nebula, Huma's Dark Matter, The Chelsea Quasar, The Arkansas Cluster, Katzenberg's Comet, The Patti Solis Doyle Vortex, The Obama Supernova; the bottom text reads "The gravitational pull of a possible 2016 Campaign is bringing all the old Clinton characters into her orbit. Can she make the stars align, or will chaos prevail?" Click here to enlarge.) Here is a chat I had about the cover with my friend and astronomy scholar Claire Webb.
is this a joke?
me: it's real
Claire: no [...]
Usually I buy old knitting magazines for the patterns, but the March 1963 issue of Stitch magazine also featured recipes, horoscopes, and relationship advice—including this quiz, which tells you why all of your relationships have failed. (It seems likely that it was something you did.)
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"One should always be drunk. That’s the great thing, the only question. Not to feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and bowing you to the earth, you should be drunk without respite. Drunk with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you please." —Lapham's Quarterly ("The only magazine that collects the most engaging voices from history on today’s most pressing topics") quotes Baudelaire in the mission statement for its latest issue, "Intoxication," which focuses among many things on opium, lust, and drunkenness in history in literature, as well as on different intoxicants' origins. The whole thing (90 stories in all) is [...]