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1. Entertainment Weekly
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Asin: B00005UQ61
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Publisher: The Time Inc. Magazine Company
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Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Weekly information on the entertainment industry featuring television programming, motion pictures, videos, new albums, entertainment for children and book reviews.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best magazine for entertainment buffs.
If you are an entertainment buff, like myself, then you will really enjoy the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY magazine. EW always has the latest information about music, movies, TV shows, and celebrities. It gives you tons of great, glossy photos. This magazine does not have too much gossip--they have some, but most of the information that they give is true. I also love going to their website--the website is very cool and informative, too.

I especially love EW's special issues, like when they do Oscar coverage or a complete issue on a certain highly anticipated movie. They've also got reviews from the latest CDs, movies, TV shows, and books. And this is a weekly magazine, so you get a new issue every week--not just every month. EW Magazine is a good size as is not too thick and not too skinny. The magazine is made from top-qaulity paper, and just a plain great entertainment magazine. Whenever I'm looking for the latest Hollywood/music industry news and gossip--I always turn to the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Magazine, because I know I can trust it!

So for all you entertainment buffs, I highly recommend this magazine. To me, it is well-worth the subscription price!

1-0 out of 5 stars Entertainment Weakly
If you need to be told what to think by glib, middlebrow writers, then EW is for you. It's an indispensible magazine for those who panic at the thought of not being squarely at the center of conventional wisdom, and who prefer to regurgitate review blurbs rather than say what they themselves think. It's basically a clearinghouse for studio and network press releases, with reviewers who make painfully obvious attempts to second guess public mood so they can calibrate their opinions accordingly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun & lively read
I read EW every week because it's a fun and entertaining way to keep up with the news. Nothing they print is really mind-blowing or new (any decent movie web site has more updates & news) but they have interesting stories sometimes and decent reviews (esp from Lisa Schwarzbaum). The reason I can't give it a 5-star rating is that it is not consistent, with only every 2 or 3 issues really good and sometimes they release issues (see the recent AI cover story or Shrek 2) that are just filler and boring. If you want real in-depth, critical great film writing, I would suggest "Film Comment" or "Cinema Scope", but for fun and broad entertainment news, check it out.

4-0 out of 5 stars great coverage of the entertainment world
One thing that I look forward to every week is the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. This is a great magazine for pop culture and gives an overview of what is going on in the entertainment world. There are some regular columns that I enjoy (The "Must" List, The Hot Sheet, etc) and the movie/DVD tend to give a good look at what is coming out and how good the movie may be. Since I am a movie fan, it is the movie coverage that interests me the most and Entertainment Weekly does an excellent job covering the big movies that are coming out.

The highlight of this magazine are the "special" issues, in particular the seasonal movie preview issues and the Oscar special issue. For someone interested in movies, these are the best issues of the year and give a good solid look at what is coming out, and there is even coverage of some of the lesser known, independent movies.

The coverage in Entertainment Weekly is not as in depth as you might find in a genre specific magazine ("Premiere" covers movies, so is more in depth on that, but it only covers movies and takes a different view), but it is not supposed to be. This is a weekly magazine that covers all of the entertainment world, from movies to music to books (occasionally, outside of the reviews) to television to just pop culture. Entertainment Weekly provides the general coverage that I am looking for, and is entertaining (as it should be) to read. That's why I look forward to receiving the new issue every Saturday.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love to see ET Weekly every single week...
Entertainment Weekly has always been my favorite magazine for several reasons. The articles, the beautiful pictures, and the great reviews on everything from music to books.

Since I work in a library I find it fun to see what the reviewer thinks about up coming books. ... Read more

2. The New Yorker
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Publisher: Conde Nast Publications Inc.
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Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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Founded in 1925, The New Yorker hardly changed for its first 60 years, both in its dry, type-heavy design and in its reputation as a writer's and reader's haven. In 1987 it was on only its second editor when management decided to shake things up. A rocky decade ensued, but The New Yorker is now back at the top of its game under David Remnick's editorship. Each issue offers commentaries and reporting on politics, culture, and events, with a focus that's both national and international; humor and cartoons; fiction and poetry; and reviews of books, movies, theater, music, art, and fashion. Several times a year special issues focus on a theme--music, fashion, business. The writing is mostly first-rate, frequently coming from top literary and journalistic talents. The New Yorker's weekly issues can seem overwhelming--so much good stuff to read, piling up so fast!--but it's as easy to dip in for a small snack as it is to wade in for a substantial meal. --Nicholas H. Allison ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Articles
I have taken this magazine for about 2 years now, and personally, I enjoy it quite a bit. I am not a native of the New York area, nor have I any affiliations with the fine city. Personally I find the articles to be so well written in the New Yorker it is hard to put down. For me this means the first section of the paper is under appreciated, as its all about New York City, gossip and much more. The articles are of a wide varity of topics and often bring up points that may have had rolling around in your conscious but have never let them bubble up to the top. Fascinating articles can range from politics, famous lives of famous peoples, religious societies, and so much more.
This magazine is great if you are a reader. Articles are wordy, and worthwhile. This isn't something your going to be reading just the highlights through. I hardly find myself able to finish a magazine before the next one comes. If you are open minded, and love to read quality articles that will make you think, this magazine for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The New Yorker - A Staple In My Home!
I always find time to read the New Yorker - from cover to cover. I have been subscribing since the early 1990s, and the high quality of writing, and the subject matter are nonpareil. I especially enjoy the political articles, national and international, written by topnotch writers, and the weekly features are first-rate. The clever cartoons crack me up, as do features like "The Inane Ad of the Week." The reviews on film, literature, music, art, and theater are some of the best, and most credible.

The fiction and poetry sections are almost always to my literary taste. Since I live in Manhattan, I do appreciate the local listings, and information. But I would still subscribe if I lived in Kansas, just because this is a provocative magazine for intelligent, thinking people - and fun to read too!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing and Still the Best Humor
I have read the New Yorker on and off for 40 years - but that does not qualify me as an expert. Last year I finally started subscriptions to both the New Yorker and the National Review. Both of these magazines have a lot to offer, but the New Yorker seems a less intrusive and a little more subtle - as NR readers will well understand. I did not continue my NR subscription since it is too partisan.

The writing in the New Yorker is impressive, and articles such as those on the the Iraq war and the recent piece on Ahmed Chalabi were exceptional, no other way to describe it. Good work. A recent issue had a piece by Edmund Morris on Reagan, an article on Schwarzenegger by Connie Bruck, and a book review by John Updike. Just great and fresh stuff for a weekly.

One minor complaint: too many advertising inserts. About 6 weeks ago the issue was 3/8" thick, half being advertising inserts, eight or nine thick inserts on cars liquor, electronics, etc. That ruined that issue and one could barely locate the articles among all the advertising clutter. I would rather pay a bit more and have less advertising.

Otherwise a worthwhile weekly read.

Jack in Toronto

5-0 out of 5 stars The best magazine I have ever subscribed to. The coverage
ranges from politics to fashion to entertainment and one thing that is not to be missed about the New Yorker is the movie reviews, I have been a subscriber for roughly more or less five years now and I have to tell you, the only movie reviews I disagreed w/them on were the Kill Bill movies but that is all beside the point, the writing is top notch, it is sophisticated yet not snotty, that is something to consider when you happen to have the beliefs I have but that again I beside the point, every issue contains short stories by very good writers and the poetry is fantastic as well, that is all I have to say, pick up an issue and if you like it, subscribe.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous magazine
This is a fabulous magazine, chock full of information about every topic you can think of regarding the city, culture, important issues of today and more. ... Read more

3. Harpers Magazine - Regular Ed
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Publisher: Harpers Magazine Co
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Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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Literary, brainy, and left-leaning, Harper's Magazine is an American institution (the first issue was dated June 1850). Its clean, type-heavy design shouts "serious readers only": many pages are two columns of text, period, and the illustrations are mostly art (often photographic) and artistic adornments. The reading, though, is what matters. It's substantive and often sublime. Along with lengthy, thoughtful, frequently controversial articles on politics and culture, you'll find essays, short fiction, in-depth reporting, and a few book reviews. Bylines routinely represent leading writers and thinkers of the day. Standing features include the much-copied but rarely equaled "Harper's Index," in which statistics tell stories; "Readings," a section of excerpts ranging in length from a few lines to thousands of words; and "Annotation," in which a real-life document is reproduced and "explained," usually to devastating political or cultural effect. Each issue is a full meal for the mind. --Nicholas H. Allison ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest literary periodical in existence
I finally received a subscription to this amazing magazine as a gift, and I've read my first issue cover-to-cover over the span of two days. This month's (February 2003) issue includes, among other things, an essay on the inevitable doom that humans will eventually face when our planet experiences its next major cosmic collision.. Unless, of course, we manage to annihilate ourselves via environmental, militaristic, pathological, or technological means, pre-empting the arbitrary extinction caused by an asteroid or comet.

Every issue of Harper's contains excellent essays, fiction, political discussion, and of course the Harper's staples, such as the Index. Many of the stories and essays win major literary prizes such as the O'Henry award, and get included in high-profile anthologies such as the *Best American* series. Certainly, for a writer, if you are chosen to appear in Harper's, you are at the pinnacle of your craft.

Although the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and many other smaller literary magazines consistantly offer excellent content and visually pleasing formats, Harper's seems to lead the pack -- maybe because of it's no-nonsense approach, limited advertising, regionally non-specific content, and diversity of topics. The fact that Harper's is aided by a non-profit organization must contribute to its quality; certainly any independence from advertisers can only improve the open-endedness and creativity that Harper's excels in.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Magazine I've Ever Subscribed To
I ordered Harper's from Amazon nearly a year ago and I have come to treasure each issue for its unique blend of essays, art, and literary criticism. My subscription has become a de facto extension of my liberal arts education, as the magazine's pages are graced with politics, history, literature, and the arts.

Each issue features an essay from editor Lewis Lapham, an essayist of the same caliber as Gore Vidal. Lapham's style and vocubalary are extraordinary, and his writing is often laced with biting satire.

The magazine is illustrated with contemporary art from galleries across the United States, and includes informative features like the "Harper's Index" and the "Readings" section (garnered from documents in the public domain). Each issue usually includes two serious book reviews, sometimes stretching across several pages of small, dense type.

A subscription to this indispensible magazine will enlighten and entertain, equipping the reader to understand the contemporary world.

2-0 out of 5 stars Variable
During the 1980s and 90s Harpers decayed badly from a journal of literature and opinion into a collection of short pieces and meaningless charts- sort of a journal for the literary pretentious with a short attention span. During the late 90s and the early part of this century, an effort was made to recreate the old Harpers.

Gone now are the annoying fragments and pointless tables, but the quality of the writing is still variable. At its best, Harpers still trails far behind The Atlantic, and at its worst it's pitifully sophmoric. I'll try it again in a few more years.

2-0 out of 5 stars Quality has gone down dramatically
I used to be a subscriber and an avid reader. Recently, perhaps in the last two years or so, the quality of the writing has become rather poor. The selection of articles is uninteresting, and sometimes half the articles themselves are so poorly written as to be unreadable. The fiction is simply mediocre, and the entire magazine seems to be infected with editor Lewis Lapham's shrill and ever-growing Notebook (does the man ever have anything interesting or original to say?). In short, Harper's is not the magazine it once was. I would suggest the Atlantic Monthly if you want a magazine that is interesting, informative, and well-written, cover to cover.

1-0 out of 5 stars For culturally esoteric people only
I was bored by this magazine. The artistic analysis and views were useless to me. I have a feeling a small group of people into arts and culture would love it. Not for a casual reader hoping to be entertained. ... Read more

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Publisher: Phillips & Nelson Media Inc
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Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Indispensible resource for readers of all genres and ages
(****1/2) Bookmarks (A Reader's Guide to the Best in Books) is the newest magazine for bibliophiles in the market. Since its preview/debut issue in Summer 2002, Bookmarks has released 10 issues featuring a mixed bag of classics and contemporary authors like Steinbeck, Dickens, Garcia Marquez, Virginia Woolf, Waugh, Austen, Morrison, Naipaul, Potok, Faulkner, Potok, Vonnegut, and Philip Roth.

The bi-monthly publication has book reviews and selections for readers of all ages. The "Book by Book" section will features a detailed coverage on works of a specific author, suggestions on introductory books to the author, a specific genre of literature, or a particular time period. The currents issue (May/June 2004) features Leo Tolstoy and Literary Voices of the Pre-Civil Rights Era, with a look at classic works by Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin.

More than half the pages of the magazine focus on navigating the ever-expanding sea of reading: new books, now-in-paperback books, and reader-favorite recommendations. This is by far the most useful and timesaving resource for me to search for my next reading selection. The "Selections" allows me to preview staff favorites from among the most highly rated books in an issue (usually 4 stars and above).

The "New Book Guide" features book reviews separated into genres like spot, literary fiction, crime, sci-fi, general non-fiction, biography, history, science, and arts. It is therefore structured to find easily the information about a particular book most appealing and relevant to me. Each book featured in this section has a critical summary. The books covered fall into three basic categories: highly rated books that received many reviews, highly rated books that received less comprehensive coverage, and lower rated books that were widely reviewed and well-publicized. That way general popularity of the books, as well as the collective but disparaging critics may be accommodated. Highly rated books maybe balanced with the less publicized or lower-rated books. After all, it is frustrating to apply ratings to any works of literary arts in the absence of myriad choices. To accommodate such need, supplemental reading is provided.

Bookmarks strives to accommodate palates readers of all ages and genres. In any given issue readers will find, in addition to the new releases and talk-of-the-town books that perch on bestseller list, works of classics. I find the inclusion on works of classics and their authors very appealing to me. Bookmarks has simply topped my favorite periodical list for the year and become my reading companion.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable...
This magazine is an unbelievable, exhaustive compilation of reviews covering the universe of recently published books. Overall, the writing in the magazine is as dazzling as its layout, managing to be both concise and intellectually enlightening at the same time. Reviews from around the world are compiled and distilled to their very essence, allowing the reader to emerge with a reasonable understanding of the next book with which to curl up. As if that were not enough, each issue features at least two, well-crafted original retrospectives focusing on a particular chosen author's body of work and the historical context from which each book was created.

This is truly a magazine written by and for people who are crazy about books. It is beautiful both in its appearance and in its writing. There is no greater compliment to the magazine than in my giving a gift subscription to my favorite (long-time-ago) high school English teacher. I hope he will enjoy it as much as I have!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantasmagorical
As an avid reader, I find this magazine an invaluable addition to my library. It gives concise, well-written reviews of both current and classic literature. I have chosen many new titles based on the reviews in BOOKMARKS, and have not once been disappointed. I often give this magazine as gift for graduations, birthdays, holidays. Every month they do an overview of an author: life, works, influences, and an analysis of the literature written. These articles are always an excellent read. This is a great beach/pool/summertime magazine. Also - a great resource for book clubs. I recommend it highly.

3-0 out of 5 stars Recommendation
Planned well,interesting reading material,gives information about new books.Wish you all the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars For book lovers
You know that expression "so many books, so little time"? After reading a few issues of "Bookmarks" you will be exposed to so many wonderful books and authors that you will be chanting this as a mantra. It is obvious from the first page of this bimonthly magazine that the editors love books as much as their readers do. It provides balanced coverage of books by bringing together reviews from many other publications, giving you the opportunity to see comments from glowing to scathing so that you can decide for yourself whether a book is worth reading. There are many innovative regular features: "What One Book" takes a topic such as yoga or jazz and asks the experts to suggest books about it; "If..." poses a hypothetical situation and then provides reading suggestions; "Have you read?" provides recommendations by readers. Every issue highlights a veteran author and provides an overview on their writing career and a bibliography. If you only want to subscribe to one magazine for bibliophiles, this should be it! ... Read more

5. The Strand Magazine
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Sales Rank: 259
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Quality
I have to say I was surprised to find such great quality in a mystery magazine. Most magazines today are just filled with advertisements and relentless self-promotion; The Strand is really different. They have about eight stories per issue, by such writers as Ray Bradbury, John Mortimer, Peter Lovesey, and Edward Hoch. And these just aren't the mystery stories, which are time burners like in the stuff found in Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Magazine. These plots are well constructed and will stay with you long after you read them.

The magazine looks stunning as well; each cover has that classic feel. Inside the pages are full sized, glossy, full color, and the illustrations are super.

The issue I have on hand has an interview with the original Nancy Drew author Mildred Wirt Benson. I looked at their website and in the past they have had interviews with Sir John Mortimer, Peter Ustinov, John Gielgud, Michael York, Ian Richardson, David Suchet, and Christopher Lee.

The articles are fantastic--they are not talking down to the reader nor are they like some of those overly turgid academic articles that analyze everything to death!
I love the Strand, may they live long and prosper.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but sparse
Although the stories and interviews in The Strand are well worth reading, I think it is worth saying that there are not many stories per issue, and, at least in the case of John Mortimer's Rumpole stories, they are taken from forthcoming books. That being said, The Strand is worth the four stars I've given it, but I would describe it as a "coffee-table" magazine, if such a category exists, due to its glossy pages, large size format, and relatively low number of stories and interviews in content.

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't do it
Don't order this magazine from Amazon. It took well over 4 months to receive it and in one year I have received only one issue. Still the one issue I read was excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mystery buffs rejoice
My wife brought a copy of Strand home yesterday. The editorial and production quality look excellent. The personality interview, scholarly article and the short stories are very good. I plan to subscribe.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
How good can it get? The Strand , seems to be jumping from strength to strength. I received issue 8, which was remarkable. The Strand publishes the finest short stories--the mystery stories are written by renowned award winning writers, who are at their best when they write for the Strand. The copy I have has fiction by Sir John Mortimer, in the shape of a Rumpole of the Bailey story; they also had fiction by new writers who I am sure we will hear more of in the future. They also had a very interesting interview with British actor Michael York; this was not he familiar article with tiny quotes but a vibrant Q & A format. They also had an interesting article about the spy genre-thank goodness they didn't overdo the James Bond link. I wish they had more book reviews, the ones they had were frank and candid though. All this reading made me buy all the back issues-don't ask them for the first issue, I am #1000 on my bookstores mailing list for the premier issue. The back issues show how the magazine is evolving and growing. Past issues had fiction by Peter Lovesey, H.R.F. Keating, Michael Gilbert, Bill Pronzini, Catherine Aird, Henry Slesar, and Ed Hoch. Most of the stories were a relief from the dumbing down that has been shoved down our throats by the media. They also had interesting interviews with John Gielgud, Peter Ustinov, David Suchet, and Christopher Lee. I also loved the articles they looked at various things from Jack the Riper, Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes, Patricia Highsmith and Charles Dickens. I heard they have a special holiday issue coming out this Fall, I can't wait.
Years ago I thought that the fiction magazine was dead and buried-I am happy that the Strand has injected the life-force back into it. ... Read more

6. Seventeen
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Publisher: Hearst Magazines
Sales Rank: 44
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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The perky authority on all things girl since 1944, Seventeen magazine still provides advice and encouragement to masses of young misses. Although the primary focus is fashion and famous folk, this teen zine is not mere eye candy. Mixed among the cutting-edge styles (and multitudinous ads) you'll find short but plentiful articles. Topics range in import: fluff stuff like "What Will You Wear Back to School?" and "The Ultimate Ponytail Guide" is balanced by heavier fodder, such as "No One Believes I Was Raped" and pieces on having a gay sibling and the dangers of binge drinking. Skewed largely toward a Caucasian teen audience, the magazine's coverage of beauty and relationship conundrums does offer nods to young women of color. The tone is resolutely positive, and amid all the talk of must-have hairdos and hottie alerts, the message is girl power in its most nonthreatening guise. --Brangien Davis ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good magazine...but not my favorite.
I just recently started to subscribe to SEVENTEEN (but I've been reading it for years), and I have to say that it's a good magazine. A little too much on the fashion and beauty, but still a good magazine. It's a whole heck of a lot better than the new outlook on the 'TEEN magazine, but not as good as 'TEEN PEOPLE, which is still my favorite teen magazine, even though they feature too much of N Sync and Britney Spears!

SEVENTEEN gives a lot of helpful advice on the latest fashion styles, beauty styles, dating types, guy info, sex&body talk, and celebrity info. It also has a lot of real-life articles, and articles about what's going on in the world right at the moment. There are hot guys featured everywhere in this there's another plus! And yes, there are a lot of ads, but doesn't EVERY magazine have more than a dozen ads featured in every issue? I also, however, could care less for all the prom stuff that they feature in the magazine during prom time, like in their latest March 2002 issue, which I just received today. One of the other downsides of this magazine is that they feature too many perfect-looking models for all the ads and everything. I wish they'd have more normal looking girls to pose in the mag!

There are not a lot of issues featuring N Sync with SEVENTEEN, and actually, not many celebrity articles (which I happen to like best in magazines). If you are looking for a good teen magazine, then I suggest either SEVENTEEN or 'TEEN PEOPLE. All in all, SEVENTEEN is great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for teenagers.
In my opinion, Seventeen is the best magazine for teen girls. I've been reading it on-and-off for four years now, but only recently began to read it again. It's not some childish, boy obsessed, teenybopper magazine. There are some great, monthly articles, like "When I Was 17," "Solve My Problem," "My Life," "Traumarama" and of course, horoscopes, entertainment, fashion, beauty and more. The true-life stories they feature are really interesting, also. They recently did an intriguing article about emotional abuse.

A couple years ago, I would've said that Cosmo Girl was the best magazine for teenagers. Unfortunately, it's gone downhill and has little substance left. If you want an interesting, fun and informative teen magazine, look no further than Seventeen. After all, it's been out for nearly sixty years. They're clearly doing something right!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best teen magazines
Seventeen has been around for 60 years, and tons of teenagers have grown up with it. Recently, Seventeen got a new look and feel, with more mature articles and interesting features for older teeens. Seventeen is good for those teens who feel like they've outgrown other teen magazines but want one that will guide them through college and beyond.

Seventeen features many stuff that teens like to read about- the latest celebrity news, CD and movie release dates, fashion and beauty tips, love and romance, real-life stories, fun stuff to do, and more. As an added bonus, Seventeen covers more worldwide issues then other teen magazines and gives them to you from a teen's point of view. Seventeen also gives you plenty of college and sex advice, which older readers will connect with.

What I love about Seventeen is not only the plentiful amounts of news and real-life stories, but also that it features many bargain items in the Fashion section that are awesome and affordable. Seventeen is a wonderful magazine for bargain shopppers- it features plenty of clothes, make-up, hair products, and jewelry for those with smaller budgets. Additionally, the health and fitness pull outs in each issue are wonderful! Seventeen has plenty of nutrition tips and simple workouts that'll have you seeing lots of results fast.

Seventeen is a wonderful magazine overall- highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfectly Well Rounded Magazine
This magazine is a perfect magazine for anyone. It has true life and drama, make up, beauty, health, a monthly interview on the cover girl (or girls), and so much more. They have great monthly workouts that focus on certain parts of the body like buns, abs, and legs, and the good thing is...they actually work! They have so many things to offer that I am not surprised it's the most widely read women's magazine in the country!

5-0 out of 5 stars going!
A few years ago, Seventeen used to be nothing but one huge ad for pretty boys and makeup. Under Atoosa's leadership, it has become mature and interesting. I appreciate the articles on politics, government, and world affairs. The magazine has is a great education for young girls ... Read more

7. The Atlantic Monthly
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Publisher: The Atlantic Monthly
Sales Rank: 46
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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Formerly called the Atlantic. Features articles for the general reader, reports and comments on recent events in history, humor, fiction, poetry, arts and leisure, and book reviews.
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the finest monthly magazines in the nation
"The Atlantic Monthly," is by far one of the finest magazines in the nation. Moreover, as a faithful reader for decades I can honestly say that the editors and directors of this tier one publication rarely disappoint. To this end, the quality of the writing in this magazine is vastly superior to that of the weekly news magazines and most other monthlies.

Quite frankly, "The Atlantic Monthly," is deep. It offers current events, poetry, short stories, drawings, book reviews, movie comments and much more. I like to read this magazine on the train and try not to leave it on my desk because it tends to disappear and never return. For instance, the March 2003 issue with James Fallow's cover piece, "Post-President for Life: What will William Jefferson Clinton do for the next thirty years?" is bound to be a collectors item and will have to be locked up. In conclusion, this is an excellent publication and I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Single Best Monthly In Existence!
In the several years since my retirement, I have come to wait by my trusty old rusted metal mailbox around the third or fourth of every month, waiting for my monthly issue of the Atlantic Monthly. It is likely the single best amalgam of intellectual articles on a variety of subjects one can find in contemporary America, and features a stable of highly regarded writers and authors. For good reason; from subjects as arcane as the supposed imminent fall of the Soviet union based on demographic and economic analysis in the mid-1980s to the recent synopsis of former spy Robert Baer regarding the evils of dealing with the highly corrupted Saudi regime, the magazine consistently offers an erudite, informative, and provocative look at aspects of contemporary reality one cannot find elsewhere.

Needless to say, I really enjoy reading the magazine, and its articles often lead me on Amazon searches for tomes by the talented authors, which in the case of said author Robert Baer, or perpetually sagacious satirist P.J. O'Rourke, or my own favorite, James Fallows, leads to some worthwhile reading experiences indeed. It avoids the trendy, so we are spared the suffering through the latest and greatest mass experiences in favor of intellectual roads less traveled, being grassy and rather wont of wear, makes for better and more satisfying traveling, whether trudging through the snow with my Wintertime Dunham Tyroleans or padding down grassy fields in my summertime Birkenstocks. Just keep on trucking! Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Variety Magazine made in America
It's like Reader's Digest for people who actually have a brain.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best liberal mag
Sorry they lost their best editor in Iraq. A wonderful though bulky mag!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Writing, Sometimes Biased
I began reading this magazine in earnest during college. The articles are written very well, possibly some of the best writing in the industry. Sometimes there is an unwanted bias, but not too often. Many times, the articles are ground breaking in many fields (scientists, take note!). This is a great way to broaden your horizons while subconciously learning to read and write better. Give an issue a try. ... Read more

8. Premiere
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It may share the same ZIP Code as its Tinseltown cousin Entertainment Weekly, but Premiere is a far different magazine, focusing less on gossip and more on the nuts and bolts that have helped Hollywood become a gigantic industry. Premiere tackles the big picture through articles like "Women in Film," "The Ultimate Summer Movie Guide," and "The Power List" of who's who in Hollywood. Premiere also offers a great variety of profiles, from movie stars to behind-the-scene players like grips and gaffers. Smart, unbiased reviews accompany each month's top movie releases, and the "In the Works" and "Home Guide" sections track films from creation to video release. Libby Gelman-Waxner adds humor with her indelible look at film from the fan's point of view. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Now Playing At A Theater Near You
Premiere covers the film industry like no other magazine out there. Sure, there are plenty of other "movie industry" titles to choose from, but few do it with such style. I have been a loyal subscriber for nearly a decade. In that time, I have always found their articles and interviews to be top notch. Each year brings 4 special movie preview issues, that not only tell you what's coming out when, but these previews also offer (usually) spot on predictions about how each film will preform.

I also like the magazines regular features and columns. "If You Ask Me" by Libby Gelman-Waxner is always good for a chuckle. The column talks about the current film trends. Each issue has 2 review sections: One for new/upcoming flicks, while the Home Guide tackles what's new at the rental counter. The Action section takes a look at who's hot, casting news, a bit of rumor and speculation, scene stealers, Q+A with Glenn Kenny, the fun, Go Figure, and other tid bits. Another gem is The Filmmaker Series that spotlights a major Hollywood type every month. Each issuue ends with a mini interview, with a film star, called Idol Chatter.

Some of the "news" in the magazine may seem outdated since this is a monthly. But Premire makes up for that, with in depth coverage, of all things film. Highly Recommended for all film goers and buffs

5-0 out of 5 stars Best all-purpose movie and DVD magazine out there!
Premiere is one of those magazines I used to buy when flying. It was light, fun, and it covered one of my favorite subjects: the movies. That was then, and thank goodness this is now. Premiere has completely renewed itself into a superb entertainment and arts publication. The editorial direction is unusual among these kinds of magazines in that in any given issue, you get a taste of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Cinefex, Movietone, and Playboy. The upside of the editorial diversity is that every issue is immensely readable. The downside to the editorial diversity is that you can't enjoy any consistency from one issue to the next. Still, all in all, Premiere is a super read each month and I highly recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Viggo The Amazing!
This maginze holds a one-on-one interview with the fabulous Viggo Mortenson. Viggo Mortenson is an amazing actor/artist.He was brilliant in Lord Of The Rings and Walk Two Moons and his new book Signlangue is brilliant! He is an amazing phototagrapher and poet as well as an amazing actor. This magazine gives you an inside look on what Viggo is doing next in the movie bussiness but I won't tell you what it is. I rated this magize a five star.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read for all film buffs!
Premiere continually raises the bar for both serious film discussion and the art of having fun with the movies. They have just returned to their original oversized format, and I cannot express the improvement. New features and revamped older ones are continually fresh and surprising, and Libby rules! Now if they could just bring back Ted Casablanca's column, they would be unbeatable!

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Blend of Industry News and Showbiz Glitz
I have subscribed to Premiere magazine for about 10 years now. And I'm still not bored. There are movie reviews, previews of what's coming soon, sneak peeks into what's in the works, interviews with stars, directors, writers, and producers, in-depth articles on the making of movies and unmasking of studio woes. Premiere gives its readers insight into the realities of movie-making: the good, the bad , and the ugly...and the absurd. But along with the business, there is the glamour and gossip of Hollywood. There are plenty of interviews with stars accompanied by big, sexy photo layouts. This is a magazine whose editors clearly love the movies and are fascinated by all aspects of the business. They give us industry news and allow us to see how this fascinating film industry we have in Hollywood functions -but without denying the fun of Hollywood's glamorous, glitzy, sex-crazed marketing machine. Be sure to check out Libby Gelman-Waxner's monthly humorous take on what's at the box office. And the DVD reviews in the "Home Guide " each month will help you decide which DVD's are worth a look. There are magazines that have more movie-star gossip; and there are trade magazines that have more industry news. But Premiere is the perfect blend of both for the movie-lover and video-rental junkie. ... Read more

9. Utne
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Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars a reader's digest for the liberal set
UR consistently packs their pages with quality and diverse material.

Their feature subjects are covered comprehensively and from several viewpoints. Other articles might not receive such thorough treatment, but still provide much food for thought. Every issue is a opportunity to learn something new.

5-0 out of 5 stars For thinking people
UTNE is a publication we got hooked on back in late '89.

We jokingly refer to it as the thinking readers Readers Digest, since the articles aren't "feel good" but are articles that are meant to make the reader think. Articles that come from a variety of other publications and cover a plethora of issues and topics.

It is a magazine that I find myself re-reading and re-reading past issues for months or years ago. And yes the publication is liberal or at least alternative lifestyle mode.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite magazine, or at least close to it
I've been a subscriber of UR for about 12 years - most of the time since the mag. has been in print. As someone said, it's sort of a 'Reader's Digest for liberals', or possibly another good tag is UR's own subtitle 'the best of the alternative press'. But that still doesn't completely describe UR. Yes, it has a lot of articles culled from all kinds of other magazines, big and small, but it also has good original feature articles. Every issue (every two months) has a 'centerpiece' of a particular topic with several articles on that topic. There are also always interesting articles on all kinds of things, which was led me to read about things that I probably wouldn't have otherwise (Atlantic Monthly has done the same thing for me many times, but I only have so much time to read!).
I'd highly recommend Utne Reader to intelligent, literate people who want to read news and articles on all kinds of things - political, environmental, social, economic, entertainment (the list goes on). Unlike a lot of media, UR doesn't have an American-only viewpoint, either. It's also fun. While many articles are on some serious topic, many are more fun, too, such as jump-starting your creativity, places to travel, etc.
Believe me, there is so much in every thick issue that you wouldn't want this magazine to come out every month. Check out an issue!

5-0 out of 5 stars Addendum to the other reviews on the first page
Hello, this will be the third time in the last many years that I've received, and read, UR on a regular basis. I agree with most of the other reviews. However, what I find most outstanding about the magazine is how uplifting, and ultimately positive, it is. I subcribe to several dozen web sites, from the media from around the world, most of which are far left of "liberal." While I take everything that I receive, through all forms of media, with a very large "grain of salt," I do tend to put much more stock in what I read on the web than I do in what the mainstream media feeds us, especially that from the U.S. Therefore, as a result of that reading, I often feel sorrow, rage, cynicism, and/or depression. Utne's positive spin on issues, even when the subject is inherently distressful, inspires me, as almost no other form of media does (except, sometimes, music), to rise up out of any negativity that I may be indulging in, and take positive steps toward helping to make our world a better place for us all. For that, I am very grateful to everyone who is responsible for such a fine magazine. Thank you, Utne.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like Reader's Digest, except for Liberals
I love Utne Reader. A friend gave me an issue several years ago and I've subscribed ever since.

When people ask me about it, I say "it's sort of like Reader's Digest" with lots of articles that have already been published in other publications. The difference is, the Utne staffers search through little known and not so common magazines for their stories. It should also be mentioned that Utne picks a topic for each issue. Here are some past topics:

Imagine the America You Want March/April 2003 (Issue 116)
The Future of Healing May/June 2001 (Issue 105)
Great American Sellout November/December 1999 (Issue 96)
Gender blur September/October 1998 (Issue 89)
The future of love November/December 1996 (Issue 78)

You can buy past issues as well.

Utne is a forward-thinking magazine with liberal viewpoints. This may put people off. I find it refreshing. ... Read more

10. Poets & Writers Magazine

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Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Practical, Educational, Nicely Presented
There are a few magazines about writing serious writers need to read. "Poets & Writers" is one of them. It has a literary bent, but avoids the nose-in-the-air attitude. It is practical and educational, and is pleasingly presented.

A favorite factor for me are the long feature articles on the culture of writing. In the issue out now, there are two major articles. One is about author Stuart Dybek and his fiction that pulls from his experience growing up on Chicago's colorful South Side. The other is about writing contests, dealing with how ethical they are run, the view of literary judges, and when a writer should considering entering one.

The secondary articles are as informative and as useful, whether you want to learn about promoting your book, doing online workshops or understand the trends driving the industry.

Contests, incidentally, are a big part of PW's value. The magazine tells you who won, and which contests/grants are currently accepting submissions. PW is careful to screen which contests are listed, ensuring only legitimate ones make it through the editors.

The writing itself is interesting. It is not always true that writing magazines are fun to read. It should be, and in the case of PW, everything is engaging.

PW's design is clean. It looks like what a small press literary magazine should look like. The typography and layout are not pretentious or overbearing, but get the job done. It is never work to read this magazine.

I fully recommend "Poets & Writers." You will be better informed about writing and writers, just like the titles implies.

Anthony Trendl

2-0 out of 5 stars Poets and Writers
I have been a writer for many years. This is one of the worst publications for the field there is. Not useful at all. Waste of time and money

5-0 out of 5 stars By far the best writer's resource magazine
This magazine is a must have for professional poets.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every writer should subscribe
Poets & Writers is a non-profit organization dedicated to issues of interest to both amateur and professional writers; this is the organization's magazine. Every issue features an in-depth interview with a writer, articles on subjects such as copyright law, writer's conferences, and book promotion, a list of grant/award/contest deadlines and winners, and the ever popular classifieds where writers can find listings for anthologies and calls for manuscripts. Even the ads scattered throughout are informative. Your subscription cost gives you membership in the organization, allowing you access to their services. Published writers are eligible to be listed in their directory.

If you are a fiction writer or poet, you will appreciate this magazine. Poets & Writers is an invaluable tool for beginners and established writers alike. ... Read more

11. Pages : The Magazine For People Who Love Books

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Publisher: Creation Integrated Media
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Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Devotes to popular reading culture only
PAGES: The Magazine for People Who Love Books, like BOOKMARKS, is a comprehensive resource for bibliophiles. The distinguishing factor between the two periodicals is that they target at a substantially different pool of readers. PAGES is in a way for relaxed and casual in the palate of reading materials. It devotes more to popular fiction and less to literary fiction. I can make the immediate distinction through the authors and the genres of fiction Pages highlights: Michael Connelly, Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Tami Hoag, Marian Keyes, and even Dr Phil.

PAGES also has a new book guide for those who keep up-to-date of new releases and the now-in-paperback selections. Book recommendations are separated into genres like romance, sci-fi, mystery, inspirational, and kids. Each issue leave readers a plethora of choices for their next book selection, yet again, the books presented here overlap very minutely with those in BOOKMARKS. The books are mostly the pocket-sized, grab-and-go-at-the-airport, comfort reading rather than some mind-boggling trade paperback literature by Nobel-prize winning authors.

One last observation is that PAGES contains page after page of paid book advertisements, from individual authors and publishers (which does not cater to my liking). PAGES is generally geared more toward popular fiction. While bookstores usually shelve popular fiction and literature under the same category, I'm happy the readers' magazines PAGES and BOOKMARKS make such a subtle but significant distinction.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Advertisements...
The main reason I buy this magazine is to get ideas on books I'd like to read but I get more information from the advertisements than from the articles. This magazine falls way, way short of its potential. Articles are usually boring and for a magazine about WRITING to have such poor writers is a shame!

3-0 out of 5 stars This could be better.
I recently purchased this magazine and was disappointed in the lack of coverage for all genres. It seemed that a lot of thrillers were advertised and reviewed, but I like to read a little about everything. I am not a huge fan of thrillers anyway. Maybe it was the issue I purchased, so the next time I see it at a store, I will flip through it and give it another chance. I prefer a magazine that will review the authors I already love, but will also expose me to those I haven't read.

4-0 out of 5 stars A little of everything
"Pages" is a colorful oversized literature magazine that runs the gamut from author interviews and profiles to reading suggestions. It includes articles on both specific genres and general reading topics, as well as on the book publishing industry. There are some interesting regular features such as "Looking at Language" (on English language usage), "Paper Trail" (on authors who have not been heard from recently), and "Timelines" (a look at a year in book history including a list of bestsellers for that year). There is a calendar of literary events.

The magazine is a bit heavy on full-page book ads, which makes me wonder if the articles themselves are supported by the publishers as well. In spite of that, this magazine has plenty of treasures to be discovered.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pages and Pages ... of advertisements
No reviews, bland author profiles, and tons of ads (thanks to the parent company sending out this magazine as part of its book distribution company). A big disappointment. ... Read more

12. Wizard

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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Top-notch
Wizard magazine was the first of its kind. Comic Scene,etc, couldn't hold a candle to Wizard's bizarre, irreverent humor. "I like pie!" has made it into the comic fandom lexicon of obnoxious phrases spouted at inappropiate moments. I've been reading since nearly the beginning (Issue 3) and have rarely missed issues. Wizard helped usher in the "Image" era and now is on the cutting edge of comic movies, and televison shows based on comics. Smallville,anyone? You'll get inside information right here.Spider-man 2? Read a interview with Alfred Molina. Nothing like it, and all imitators failed.

1-0 out of 5 stars bias magazine
I used to subscribe to Wizard, but this magazine very bias to independent comics and small press comics. It cover only big company publishers like Marvel & DC. I guess that's where all their money from, ads place by the big company. Only recently they cover indy comic (only 1 to 2 pages). I wouldn't recommend getting this magazine at all, if you want to get the news on comic. Goto or search for web site that have more info on comics then Wizard. All Wizard is just a nice looking magazine with recycle news that already been online for weeks only to put on papers month later.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wizard is awesome!
I've been subscribed to Wizard for about five years and they never lt me down. Whether it be comic movie reviews, behind the scenes pictures, comic reviews or midget jokes, wizard has it all. I highly recommend Wizard.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
I really like the size of this mag. It's easier to have a lot of pages. Of course, I'm not keen on the price guide in it for comic books, but everything else is great. Pretty humorous and colorful pages. Pretty cool when they have small previews of upcoming comic books.

5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest
This is the greatest comic book magazine ever!

The guide's prices are very close to most stores prices!

The articles have good info and are very funny when they should be! ... Read more

13. Writers Digest
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Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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Feature articles, fiction, poetry, scripts, and tips on how to get published from the Writer's Digest School and Criticism Service.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Essential Writer's Tool
If you are a new writer, this is one publication well worth the investment.

I started out, back in my college years, reading back issues in the library. then I got my own subscription, and that probably dates back to maybe 1978-79. I may have missed a year here or there, but I've enjoyed Writer's Digest (WD) for 20 plus years. Becoming a writer can be a daunting process with plenty of moments when you are ready to give up.

If you're a subscriber to WD, then every month you get fresh ideas, techniques, tips and inspiration as well as plenty of leads on fresh markets where you can send your freelance writing, both fiction and non-fiction. It helped me to develop to confidence, skills and motivation to go on to sell articles to local Philly publications, then OMNI, Success, Family Health, the National Enquirer (medical and science, no gossip) and eventually, even wrote a cover article for.... you guessed it... Writer's Digest.

Okay, so I have some bias. But it was this publication that gave me so much motivation. If you are getting started, or want to give a gift to someone who has shown potential or interest in being a Writer, this is a great publication.

I don't think that most experienced writers will have read this far into this review because they all know about Writer's Digest. Yes they do have plenty of advertising. That's usually a sign of a strong publication. The one thing I'd like to see more of is openness to more freelance contributions, since recently, they've moved towards depending for a larger percentage of their content being provided by regular columnists. Since freelancing is so much a part of the entry process for writers, it would make sense for a publication for writers to walk the talk and support freelancers. On the other hand, WD has been around a long time and any business has a right to try out different strategies for success. I imagine the columnist approach allows for a more reliable and homogeneous content.

2-0 out of 5 stars About the business (not the skill) of writing
The main target audience of Writer's Digest appears to be freelance writers. Most of the authors are freelance magazine article writers who have finally 'made it', and that is what they write about. There are a few short articles about writing (usually written by the same people each month), but that is not the main focus of the magazine. A large portion of the articles are about technical topics related to publishing, and not writing. This magazine is not for people who want to learn about writing; it's more for people who want to learn about how to sell their writing. The advertisements in the back of the magazine are so shady that Writer's Digest actually has to put a disclaimer on each page (think results are not typical in the lose 100 pounds in ten minutes infomercial), and I now get 'if you can write a letter like this one, you could make a million dollars a year' junk mail as well. The best part is the writing calendar with writing prompts for each day. This is a great resource for writing exercises and generating story ideas. However, it can be accessed for free from their website.

5-0 out of 5 stars Each month, I can't wait for the mailman to bring the next
I've subscribed to this magazine for a little over two years. The first year was very good, but WD changed the magazine's format in Jan 2004, and believe it or not it's even better! Last year they offered a Christmas "renew & get one free gift subscription". My niece is a serious writer/poet, and she loved the gift!!!

My only gripe about the new format: they eliminated the monthly writing prompts calendar. The prompts are still available on their website, but I liked them in the magazine better.

Well worth the money.

3-0 out of 5 stars Getting this is Optional but Welcomed
I have bought quite a few of the Writer's Digest magazines. I really like all the interesting tidbits this magazine has about how to get through writer's block. Writer's block can be a killer for any writer. If you are a writer looking for brainstorming ideas on how to overcome writer's block, get published with/without an agent, and read about popular authors (who worked their fingers to the bone to pump out the latest thriller or all-American classic),this magazine is a good buy.

Of course, this magazine is more of a motivational device than an actual writing guide. You won't get The Elements of Style here. You will get some encouragement to continue pursuing writing and that's a pretty good deal.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time and Money
If you're serious about writing, don't waste your time and money on this publication written on a third grade level. The information is not helpful, as previously mentioned they have sleazy ads in the classifieds (stuffing envelopes anyone?) and THE WRITER is 100 times better. I'd give THE WRITER 5 stars. ... Read more

14. New York Times Book Review

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Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Sold each week both separately and as part of the Sunday New York Times, the Book Review divides the published world into two parts for easy consumption: nonfiction, and fiction and poetry. There is no attempt to be comprehensive. Although scholarly books are regularly reviewed, the sort of thing chosen is likely to be no more arcane than a cultural history of Halloween or a new biography of Jesse James, along with, say, the memoirs of David Rockefeller. The reader of the Book Review can also expect to find the latest novel by Joyce Carol Oates or Pat Conroy as well as the efforts of one or two first novelists and the new book of poems by Billy Collins. What distinguishes the reviews from those of your hometown Sunday newspaper are principally three things: there are more of them (each issue runs some 20 pages), they are likely to be more searching and more critical (often the reviewers are at least as well-known as the authors reviewed), and each review has behind it the authority of the New York Times itself, whose cultural as well as political clout is simply unmatched in American life. For a book to sell, it doesn’t necessarily have to be considered in the Book Review. For a book to be taken seriously,it probably does--and readers who take themselves seriously invariably read the Book Review. --Terry Caesar ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Painfully political
Wish NYT would get back in the business of intellectual inquiry

2-0 out of 5 stars New York Times needs more Objectivism.
Some newspapers use the word "Nazi" to cover-up for the monstrous National Socialist German Workers' Party, in a vain effort to rehabilitate socialism. The New York Times website search engine reveals that the newspaper has NEVER fully identified the horrid "National Socialist German Workers' Party" since apparently at least 1996. In comparison the newspaper used the hackneyed abbreviations "Nazi" & "Nazis" & "Nazism" thousands of times, apparently exclusively of their full meaning. Try the search engine at newspapers in your area. The NYT search engine shows no instance in which the Times has ever informed their reading public of the full phrase for the monstrous party. An objective newspaper would use the full phrase more often to help explain and educate the public about the newspaper's hackneyed lazy use of the horrid term "Nazi." Does the newspaper have a de facto policy to use "Nazi" to cover-up the monstrous "National Socialist German Workers' Party" as an effort to rehabilitate socialism?

The NYT was very slow to acknowledge the lack of objectivity of it's former writer Walter Duranty's cover-ups for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. That same bias means that the paper will rarely if ever tell its readers about the "Wholecaust" whereby the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics slaughtered 62 million people; and the Peoples' Republic of China slaughtered 35 million; and the National Socialist German Workers' Party, 21 million.

The parent newspaper is very socialistic and rarely prints anything about libertarian writers, and if so, unfavorably. The New York Times serves as an example to other newspapers to turn away from sick socialism (whether national socialism or any other kind), and to turn toward personal and economic freedom.

Like so many newspapers the NYT makes liberty-lovers say "Thank goodness for the internet!" ... Read more

15. New York Review Of Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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If all book reviews aspire to the condition of magazines, the New York Review would represent the best realization of this aspiration to date. It retains the character of a book review, published 20 times a year. But since its inception over 30 years ago, the reviews have been long, dense (recent years have brought the practice of footnotes), and learned. Significant fiction is pondered, along with bits of poetry, slices of science, and gobs of political science, history, economics, biography, art, and music. The reader of the New York Review easily feels relieved of the cultural burden of having to read a book once having completed the sufficient burden of having read a thorough review of it. Although the impeccably left-leaning editors would be loathe to agree, only major figures or discourses in the European intellectual tradition need apply to their pages for consideration. Hence, for example, although occasional "pieces" on certain worthy movies now appear, popular culture is not a serious concern. Lately, the Review has given over more of its pages (from 60 to 80 each issue) to journalistic reports--the latest political currents in China or Russia, the state of affairs in Kurdistan or at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay. Its core identity remains, however, that of a magazine unequaled for addressing intellectual "issues"--Darwin under attack again, pedophilia continuing in the Church, whither globalization--through reviewing them as these issues appear in book form. --Terry Caesar ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorites
Sometimes I read all the reviews in the NYRB, even reviews of things I'd probably never buy, or art exhibitions I wouldn't go to. They are so well written that I learn a lot. I have some favorite writers who show up there a lot, such as Garry Wills.

In magazines like Time the reviews are so consumer-oriented that you really wouldn't bother with them unless you were actually considering buying the book or recording that they're talking about. But in the NYRB, they really talk about interesting stuff. There are also a lot of essays that aren't reviews, exactly, but just reflect on the state of the world. The New Yorker used to have long essays like that, but since Tina Brown started running it, they don't do that any more. (Basically, with the New Yorker you used to get free "books", because some of those essays were as long as short books. Now you don't. There are still longish essays like that in the NYRB, sometimes published in parts.)

There is also something aesthetically pleasing about the size and layout of the magazine. It's tabloid-sized on newsprint (but not newsprint that yellows with time) and is very readable. No glossy trash.

I checked my last issue and the new-subscriber price listed there is $64/year. So Amazon's price is OK. If you get an issue on the newsstand for $4.50 and then subscribe, you'll pay $68.50.

5-0 out of 5 stars If You Only Read One Periodical This is It
A playground for the mind. Covers a wide range of subjects. Each review is a full essay on the subject of the book. Many reviews compare and contrast several recently published books on the same subject. Learned and sophisticated yet fully accessible. An on-going liberal arts education and the easiest way I know to keep the eclectic learning that a liberal arts education aspires to. ... Read more

16. AudioFile Magazine
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent-But Wrong Format
This is such an excellent magazine and fills an important need for my husband. However, it would be so much better if he could "listen" to it on his own rather than having to wait until I have time to read it to him. Much of the targeted audience for this information may have disibilities that limit them to audio books only. Could this not be done so they could have more imput into what they choose to "read". Thanks, dana talbot ... Read more

17. Script
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18. Asimovs Science Fiction
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great magazine
I've been subscribed to 'Asimov's' for a few years now, and have rarely been dissapointed.
I only have a few complaints, all of which I will list here.
First of all, I am an international subscriber, and although my issues always eventually arrive, sometimes they are months late.
Second of all, the magazine often contains stories which I would catagorize as being 'Fantasy', and not 'Science Fiction'. Don't get me wrong, the stories are usually of high quality, but when I first subscribed, I expected serious SF only.
Other than those two complaints, I enjoy this magazine thouroughly and look forward to it's arrival always.

4-0 out of 5 stars The "Go To " Sci Fi Magazine
Asimov's science fiction magazine is one of the premier sources of new short story and novella length science fiction. It also has the occasional serialized novel. Having been introduced to science fiction through Isaac Asimov's own short story anthologies back in the 70's I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed the return to the short story format after many years of "blockbuster novels". The magazine consistently showcases the best new talent. It also has a stable of veteran, commercially successful, writers that use the magazine as a vehicle to return to their roots. Notables such as Michael Swanwick, James Patrick Kelly, Kage Baker, and Tom Purdom to name a few. Asimov's seems to always have nominees in the yearly Nebula and Hugo awards for science fiction.

Most stories are "Social Science Fiction" in which a loose future backdrop is used to tell a character based story with an eventual universal truism revealed. It is rare to find a "Hard Science Fiction" story in which the extrapolation of known science into a future setting plays a critical role in the climax and conclusion of the story. Stories from the early writings of Larry Niven are good examples of such stories. This is a forgivable lapse as most editors would tell you that they would love to see more hard science submissions.

The magazine also boasts one of the best editorial sections penned by acclaimed author Robert Silverberg. He covers topics ranging from strict science to historical recollections of the science fiction genre. He has also reintroduced many readers to lost stories and authors such as Cordwainer Smith with great biographical pieces.

They also have Poems; no offense Mr. Haldeman.

5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest SF magazine in existence.
I would encourage everyone to subscribe, and help support the magazine. Asimov's Science Fiction (along with Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Analog Science Fiction & Fact) is truly the lifeblood of the science fiction genre. Short fiction has the unique advantage of being able to develop new worlds in a shorter amount of space than one might find in a novel, although in many cases a large portion of this world-building is left to the reader's imagination. Thus, good short fiction is able to convey a true sense of transaction between writer and reader, giving the impression that more has been said than has actually been specifically stated.

Asimov's is no exception. It publishes some of the best fiction on the market today, by James Patrick Kelly, Michael Swanwick, Robert Silverberg, and Nancy Kress to name but a few. In addition, it still manages to introduce new writers to the field; indeed, it is one of the principle markets for finding and developing vital new talent for the continued success of science fiction as a whole. I believe it to be one of the most important publications in SF today. So, please, subscribe. You don't know what you're missing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This magazine is simply the best SF out there! Every issue goes well over 100 pages and it's a monthly! The June Issue has some great storys in it, so go pick it up at your local convience store, now! This magazine is awesome!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best SF is published right here
This is the magazine for the best stories on the market today. A typical Hugo or Nebula awards list usually has several items from Asimov's (although not this year, they're all from sister publication Analog!) Asimov's tends toward "softer" SF than Analog and some stories are more literary or experimental. But I say this in praise, as most of these stories are well worth the effort. Some really do take you to alien places or senses with their language and structure as well as plot (I'm thinking of some of Charles Stross' new entries).

Asimov's is less predictable than Analog as well; other than editor Robert Silverberg's editorial, there are few recurring features, and serialzed novels are rare. So you may get two short stories or five, the rest made up of novella and novellettes. But they will always be well-done, and you'll find yourself looking for those authors' long works after enjoying them in Asimov's.

One change in publication not mentioned here: both magazines have gone to 10 issues a year from 11, with 2 "double issues" instead of one per year. The double issue is always a treat but then one must wait 2 months for the next regular issue! ... Read more

19. American Theatre

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Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
Sales Rank: 278
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Articles, commentary, review articles, theatre reviews on all aspects of national theatre.
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20. FILMMAKER: The Magazine Of Independent Film
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Publisher: FILMMAKER, A Joint Venture
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Art of Reviewing Art
I love this magazine!!! As if it isn't hard enough to find anyone out there with a good appreciation of independent film (and by appreciation, I also mean knowledge), but then you have to deal with all these film nerds who think that if it wasn't done on a shoestring budget by a no-name director, it must be bad.
FILMMAKER does an excellent job of giving an overview of the world of independent film, while still providing good discussions of some more mainstream films. It's tough, when reviewing and writing criticism of any art form, to know what to discuss, and I think that FILMMAKER does this. ... Read more

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