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50 BEST MAGAZINES (as per the Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/15/06

Posted on 06/15/2006 1:50:09 PM PDT by Borges

We drew from all quarters of the periodicals universe in compiling this year's selections. And what can we say about the choices? They're eclectic, accessible and they reflect the tastes of folks who spend a lot of their time immersed in the world of words and images. But magazines are changing a bunch. In the last 12 months, we saw the curtains drawn on Cargo and Organic Style, which made our cut in 2005. Yet some, like gracefully aging performers, remain on the stage: The Atlantic and Harper's. We still like them, as our list shows. But our selections are meant to be a conversation starter, so look them over, then tell us which magazines would be on your list.

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the Top 10 are...

1. The Economist.
2. Dwell.
3. Wired.
4. The New Yorker.
5. ESPN the magazine.
6. Esquire.
7. Consumer Reports.
8. Blender.
9. Gourmet.
10. The Atlantic.
1 posted on 06/15/2006 1:50:10 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

My List

America's First Freedom
Boy's Life (my kids)
Citizen
Bicycling
Family handyman
Popular Mechanics


2 posted on 06/15/2006 1:52:09 PM PDT by cyclotic (Support MS research-Sponsor my Ride-https://www.nationalmssociety.org//MIG/personal/default.asp?pa=4)
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To: Borges

No SI in the top 10?


3 posted on 06/15/2006 1:52:44 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - WTFO)
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To: cyclotic

Forgot to add Reader's Digest. Right from the mailbox to the bathroom


4 posted on 06/15/2006 1:54:29 PM PDT by cyclotic (Support MS research-Sponsor my Ride-https://www.nationalmssociety.org//MIG/personal/default.asp?pa=4)
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To: Borges

Gourmet is good. I'll vote for it. New Yorker was my favorite for a few years.


5 posted on 06/15/2006 1:55:38 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: cyclotic
My addition: The Weekly World News

My heart belongs to Batboy.

;)

6 posted on 06/15/2006 1:55:53 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Borges

Hello! National Review? The Weekly Standard?

And another one I subscribe to, The Hockey News...


7 posted on 06/15/2006 1:56:53 PM PDT by BaBaStooey (I heart Emma Caulfield.)
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To: Borges
7. Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports is insufferable. Often I have flung the magazine long and far after reading CR extol the "peppy" acceleration of "snazzy" cars.

8 posted on 06/15/2006 1:57:46 PM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Borges

Can't go wrong with 'bigguns'.
9 posted on 06/15/2006 1:57:59 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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To: cyclotic

I subscribed to Boys Life when I was a kid. I loved that magazine.


10 posted on 06/15/2006 1:58:07 PM PDT by SaveTheChief ("This one goes to eleven.")
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To: Borges

I'd add The Week (UK edition). Not a fan their US version at all. Dwell is great if you're a fan of modern architecture and design.


11 posted on 06/15/2006 2:02:36 PM PDT by mgstarr
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To: Borges
What? No Cycle World?
12 posted on 06/15/2006 2:03:07 PM PDT by JoeGar
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To: Borges
I do like Dwell and Wierd (minus the lib BS

Blender is OK when you're in line at the checkout and the only other thing to read involves what Hollyweird flak is having a baby this week. No Advertising Age or Sky & Telescope?
13 posted on 06/15/2006 2:03:12 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (Fitzmas Has Been Canceled.)
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To: Borges

You mean "Big 'Uns" didn't make the list?


14 posted on 06/15/2006 2:03:39 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: JoeGar

...or TWO?

Awesome bike mag with great interviews.


15 posted on 06/15/2006 2:04:15 PM PDT by taxed2death (A few billion here, a few trillion there...we're all friends right?)
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To: Roscoe Karns

Darn it, somebody always beats me to the MWC references. :)


16 posted on 06/15/2006 2:04:22 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: Borges
18. VegNews. This hard-hitting ... vegetarian staple ... informs readers of everything from which ballparks serve veggie dogs and burgers to a forthcoming KFC in India with vegetarian dishes.

I'll race right out to my newsstand for this one.

17 posted on 06/15/2006 2:07:43 PM PDT by JoeGar
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To: Borges

GRIT Where is GRIT? One of the best.


18 posted on 06/15/2006 2:10:51 PM PDT by scandalon
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To: Borges

Dr Dobbs
The Hockey News
Military History
American Rifleman
Sceptical Enquirer


19 posted on 06/15/2006 2:15:17 PM PDT by rahbert
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To: Borges

Fine Woodworking
Water Flying
American Luthier


20 posted on 06/15/2006 2:22:45 PM PDT by Aeronaut ("Endless repetition is not a coherent argument." —Thomas Sowell)
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To: Borges

The Atlantic has been going downhill since Michael Kelly was killed in Iraq. In this issue they have a cover story attempting to paint Zarqawi as no big deal. Funny it hits the stands right as the Z-Man gets toasted and al Qaeda in Iraq starts to come apart like a cardboard suitcase.

For my money, you can't beat National Review, Family Handyman, the NRA mag, and the Spectators British and American.


21 posted on 06/15/2006 2:36:39 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Plutarch
Consumer Reports hate cars that have any personality. I bet they just love the dopey little hybrids.

I'll stick with my 64 Shelby AC Cobra.

22 posted on 06/15/2006 2:42:12 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: Borges

Motor Trend, Road and Track, Handguns, American Rifleman, Southern Living


23 posted on 06/15/2006 2:44:11 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: Borges

Magazines . . . are like so 80s.


24 posted on 06/15/2006 2:45:34 PM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: Borges

Call me old fashioned, but I like The Grit.


25 posted on 06/15/2006 2:46:54 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Borges
49. Wisconsin Trails. Yes, there's more to that place up north than water parks and Brewers games. This lovingly designed and thoughtfully edited monthly explores the state's rivers, recipes, history, weather, characters and even its own brand of humor (the Special Humor Issue included a centerspread of a dairy cow).

OMG - the people in Chicago recognize we're a separate state!

26 posted on 06/15/2006 2:48:02 PM PDT by WIladyconservative
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To: Borges

America's 1st Freedom (NRA)


27 posted on 06/15/2006 2:48:56 PM PDT by Jack Wilson
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To: Borges

First Things is very good.


28 posted on 06/15/2006 2:49:44 PM PDT by Eepsy (Hocus pocus alamagocus!)
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To: Borges

Good call on Economist! Glad they left out Nat. Geographic! I'd add Arizona Highways for sheer beauty and some good reading about unspoilt places.


29 posted on 06/15/2006 2:50:00 PM PDT by Migraine (...diversity is great (until it happens to you)...)
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To: Borges

Bah. Not one car magazine in the whole 50. World Soccer, yes, but no car mags.


30 posted on 06/15/2006 2:50:37 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: Borges

Notices from the American Mathematical Society.

I love the centerfold.


31 posted on 06/15/2006 2:53:38 PM PDT by AmishDude (I am the King Nut.)
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To: Borges
Six my my favorites (from different times in my life)are now defunct:

True
Sport
Gnosis
Sports Car Graphic
Strange
Auto Week

As for Esquire, I used to like it back in the 60s, but it's now become an insipid "girly man" magazine. And The Atlantic has been in decline since the death of Michael Kelly. Some of the best magazines in the world are the British motor racing magazines - lots of detail, pics, depth, and stats. They cover just about every [European] event you can think of.
32 posted on 06/15/2006 2:55:17 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Borges
My #1...

;~)
33 posted on 06/15/2006 2:56:09 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Borges

I think Bon Appetite is the best food mag.


34 posted on 06/15/2006 2:56:13 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Borges; Aeronaut
The Economist is good -- I've posted a few articles from it on FR. When they report, they at least try to deal in facts. Their editorial position is "liberal" -- which means free-market, capitalist, conservative in American.

Fine Woodworking is also great.
35 posted on 06/15/2006 3:05:45 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Borges

Where is Dallas Cowboys Weekly? No list is complete without it!!


36 posted on 06/15/2006 3:32:42 PM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: kanawa
What is that lightweight boat -- and where can I get one?

I love to fish small ponds, and my 36-year old Dayton Sportyak has helped me catch far more (and larger) fish than my bass boat has. Unfortunately, it is showing its age and the effects of passage over too many gravel bars...

Seriously -- I need one of those lightweight boats/kayaks! Help, please!

37 posted on 06/15/2006 3:59:34 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah" = Satan in disguise)
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To: Borges

Emperor Trajan88 gives a thumbs-up to Car & Driver, Consumer Reports, and Men's Journal.


38 posted on 06/15/2006 4:03:01 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Borges

No science and no knitting mags. Can't be a complete list.


39 posted on 06/15/2006 4:05:52 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Steve_Seattle
You might like Cook's Illustrated. Also Scientific American is worth while. I respectfully disagree with those who disparage The Atlantic. They cover the spectrum of political thought. P. J. O'Rourke and Mark Steyn both appear there regularly. Of course you do get some liberal thought too, but it is always a good idea to have some insight into what the other side is thinking (or in the case of liberals, feeling.
40 posted on 06/15/2006 4:07:15 PM PDT by Tom D. (Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. - Benj. Franklin)
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To: Borges
Gee, I wonder why Human Events didn't make the list.
41 posted on 06/15/2006 4:07:51 PM PDT by Hoodat ( ETERNITY - Smoking, or Non-smoking?)
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To: Borges

I agree with them on the Economist being #1 (I'd get it but it is soooooo expensive, and you never get a break on the cost), Esquire, however is horrid, at least it was the last time I looked. Proud to say the three mags we get are on this list, Wired, Gourmet and the New Yorker (an annual gift from my kind but liberal boss!).


42 posted on 06/15/2006 4:12:09 PM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: Borges
Mec-Gar, Wilson Combat, and Ed Brown.

Oh wait...

43 posted on 06/15/2006 4:12:34 PM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Borges
2. Dwell.

YES!!!

44 posted on 06/15/2006 4:15:41 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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To: JoeGar
What? No Cycle World?

I thought that RoadRacerX would make the cut. LOL! That mag stays in the john for two months between issues.

45 posted on 06/15/2006 4:17:01 PM PDT by 11Bush
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To: All

The only non-liberal one is the libertarian Reason at #37, and of course they included Time/Newsweek tied at whatever underserved spot they are in. That almost invalidates the entire thing, imho.

But you can send in your own lists if anyone cares to, check the link.


46 posted on 06/15/2006 4:22:15 PM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: TXnMA

Here ya go...

http://www.liquidlogickayaks.com/


47 posted on 06/15/2006 4:49:45 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: Borges

The Nation; bleeding red ink for so long its editors have all passed over, yet, like an enigmatic stigmata, it continues to smear the landscape, year after year.


48 posted on 06/15/2006 4:50:25 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Borges

Amazing that I don't read a single one of the 50 magazines on the list. Where is Maxim, it has one of the highest circulations of all magazines.


49 posted on 06/15/2006 4:55:08 PM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: cyclotic

50 BEST MAGAZINES


The magazines for my:

1911's
M1A
Sig 229
P-89
mini 14
etc
etc
etc


50 posted on 06/15/2006 5:01:47 PM PDT by gc4nra ( this tag line protected by Kimber and the First Amendment (I voted for McClintock))
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