Earlier this week, Corporette published a lovely piece on her favorite magazines. And as an avid magazine reader, I thought that I might do the same. Sometimes, I think Miss M only visits my apartment so that she can flip through the pile of glossies on the counter.
Current Events: The Economist has been my Bible since I was 14 years old. It has the best reporting on international affairs and world economics. It’s a weekly, which is good since it takes me about five sittings to finish each one.
If you work in an office that gets CQ Weekly, grab one. It’s a wrap up of America’s political events that will summarize all of the news that you missed while you were busy following your Boss hither and yon.
Long Form: I subscribe to Smithsonian Magazine because I have a long standing love for history, geography and archaeology. Each issue is filled with wonderful pieces about everything from the art pillaged by the Nazis, to the dwindling lynx population in the West, to a photo essay on the ruins of Route 66. It’s great reading if you’re a commuter, and I always learn something new when I read it.
Vanity Fair is one of those magazines that you’ll forget about for awhile. You might not read it for a few months and then you’ll think, “I can live without it.” That is until the next month when there’s an article that your desperate to read. I horde the issues on my bookcase and then pack them up when I travel. It makes great plane reading.
I also read National Geographic, The Atlantic and Esquire when I travel. I often find the career and money advice in Esquire to be much more helpful than the garbage they post in most women’s mags. Also, they have the best cocktail recipes.
Health. I read Shape for the workout tips and health recommendations. However, I wish that they would stop putting the Kardashians on every fourth cover.
Fashion: Oh so many magazines, so little time. I actually have a research day after my magazines arrive. I grab my iPad and my glossies and sit in the chair by the window and read every magazine in one sitting. Then, I use those notes to inspire blog posts, tweets and purchases for the next month.
Lucky is still my favorite fashion magazine. I think the content is a bit fresher, and unlike some magazines they seem to understand that there is a recession on and that most women cannot afford to drop five bills on a blouse anymore. Not that most Hill Staffers could afford that before.
I refuse to buy Vogue. There’s no great moral reason why, I just find it to be undigestible and unaccessible most of the time. Instead, I subscribe to W, and have since I was 19 when a professor who attended Parsons told me that “real fashionistas read W.” Yes, it’s equally haughty, but I don’t find it as overwhelming as Vogue.
And if you ever catch me reading a copy of Cosmopolitan, feel free to call the men in the white coats. I find the magazine trashy, and once reprimanded a Staff Assistant for reading it at work. I didn’t think the visitors to the office needed to know that she was interested in “Seven Secrets to Making Him Scream Your Name.”
Lifestyle: My absolute favorite magazine on the market is Real Simple. The recipes are the best. The housekeeping tips are so helpful. And the fashion commentary is relatable and useful. I love that the lifestyle Real Simple promotes is attainable for working women and designed to be useful not just pretty to look it.
So ladies and gentlemen, which magazine are your absolute favorites? And which ones do you steer clear of?