The Best Magazines

I love podcasts and Instagram and reading the news on my phone — but there are few things that give me as much joy as getting ahold of a fresh magazine. Do you feel the same way? I subscribe to some, and others I buy individually when the mood (or an airplane flight) strikes. Here are five favorites, and I’d love to hear yours…

The Best Magazines

Every time an issue of Bon Appetit arrives in the mail, I sit down and devour it from cover to cover. The art direction is at the top of its game, and the writing is funny and smart. Marissa A. Ross gives unpretentious wine advice — like four outdated wine rules and an illustrated guide to drinking wine at Thanksgiving. Also, the recipes are inspiring without being intimidating.

The Best Magazines

New York magazine gives me my politics and lifestyle fix in one dose. I love how it manages to keep its New York City sensibility while covering topics that are nationally and globally relevant. (This recent piece about plus-size model Ashley Graham was classic New York magazine, putting its finger on the pulse of a cultural shift.) Also, the Approval Matrix on the last page is the ultimate zeitgeist barometer.

The Best Magazines

In the women’s magazine category, I find Elle to be the most compelling — whether you’re reading a fashion designer profile or an intense piece about rape kits. (And I will never tire of E. Jean’s advice column.)

The Best Magazines

Apartamento has a cult following and I am a card-carrying member, hoarding my issues forever. It only comes out twice a year, but is always worth the wait if you love interior design and peeking into the homes of intriguing personalities like Martha Stewart, Frances McDormand or Jason Schwartzman.

The Best Magazines

When I’m craving news analysis or an investigative longread, Mother Jones, named Magazine of the Year in 2017, always hits the spot. (This article, for which the reporter worked for months as an undercover prison guard, was truly unforgettable.)

What magazines do you read?

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