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Opening Arguments

The best magazines

Check out this list of the 51 best magazines ever. As always with such lists, it's highly subjective, and we are invited to agree or disagree with the choices, but it's a fun read. The top 10: Esquire, The New Yorker, Life, Playboy, The New York Times Magazine, Mad, Spy, Wired, Andy Warhol's Interview and Colors. Some are listed just for specific time frames. Mad, for example, is said to have been one of the best only from 1955 through 1992.

I love magazines, and find their current plight almost as sad as that of newspapers. At one time or another, my parents subscribed to Life, Look and the Saturday Evening Post, among others. I waited for them eagerly, reading all the short items first, then savoring the longer articles. Much of my developing view of the world around me came from those publications. I still pick up a Reader's Digest from time to time just so I can read it the same way, short items first.

Except for Newsweek, which I earlier noted provides a quick and easy way to keep tabs on the liberal world view, I read mostly niche magazines: Reason, Discover, Cook's Illustrated. The world is moving too quickly these days for a good general-interest magazine to thrive. I miss them.


Bob G.
Fri, 03/09/2007 - 6:29am

We also had LOOK, LIFE, and S.E.P. arrive at our house. The POST covers were always a treat.

Popular Science was a fun read, as was Reader's Digest.

And let's not forget a baby boomer-aged boy's best friend...his dad's copy of Esquire or Argosy...LOL!!



Karen Goldner
Fri, 03/09/2007 - 7:56am

In the early 1990's, Spy Magazine was the greatest. Smart, funny, insightful - all the things that you want to be when you're in your late 20's. The magazine was a great way to live such a life vicariously. And then it died.

I guess you can draw your own conclusions!

Leo Morris
Fri, 03/09/2007 - 9:05am

What I want to know is why did the National Lampoon stop being funny? Did it change, or did I? Or did its best writers just move to The Onion?

tim zank
Fri, 03/09/2007 - 10:03am

It's best writers moved on Leo.

Steve Towsley
Fri, 03/09/2007 - 4:47pm

A truly objective list would have to acknowledge GUNS & AMMO and the NRA's AMERICAN RIFLEMAN as long-lived, influential magazines. Both outlived LOOK Magazine in the popular culture, and easily eclipse both SPY and COLORS.

Bob G.
Sat, 03/10/2007 - 9:00am

Guns & Ammo has also spawned so many other magazines...

Wonder how many "straw-purchasers" have subscriptions?



Steve Towsley
Sat, 03/10/2007 - 11:55am

B.G. --

I imagine the editors would say their money is as spendable as anybody else's... besides, nobody cries when the straw people get prosecuted.

kent strock
Sat, 03/10/2007 - 2:50pm

Wow, what a surprise! A closeminded FW person who actually admits to reading readers digest. Heaven forbid you were to subscribe to The New Yorker, you might be presented with some contrary and important information.

kent strock
Sat, 03/10/2007 - 2:57pm

"a truely objective list would include American Rifleman"? What silliness. For the record I am a gun owner and hunter. If you want to be crazy zealot go ahead, but it doesn't do much other than marginalize you dorks.

kent strock
Sat, 03/10/2007 - 2:58pm

leo, you read The Onion?

tim zank
Sat, 03/10/2007 - 6:46pm

So what brought that on?

Steve Towsley
Sun, 03/11/2007 - 10:52am

>What silliness. For the record I am
> a gun owner and hunter. If you
>want to be crazy zealot go ahead...

So, we have now gone so far afoul of the founding fathers' 2nd Amendment guarantees of our natural rights that defending 10% of our Bill of Rights is insulted as crazy zealotry?

Knock yourself out.