Literary Transgression: Reading Magazines
Can we talk about magazines? I feel like magazines get pretty short shrift on blogs about reading and books (i.e. they are never, ever mentioned), which makes them a perfect fit for a blog called “Literary Transgressions”! I’ve been reading a few back-issues of New York lately as part of my goal to make time to read everyday and have come to conclusion that magazines should have their day in the book blog sun.
In particular, I’ve been wondering what magazines the bookish of the world gravitate towards. In my ideal world, I would be able to subscribe to a magazine that focused on all aspects of bookishness, from the act of reading itself to book history to publishing to design. I want literary essays (a la Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris and Alberto Manguel’s The Library At Night), obligatory book recommendations (perhaps categorized by type of reader, rather than type of book), a section about typography, something about book history, and a funny little page at the back with a personal essay or cartoon about the reading experience.
Does this exist already? Because I have my wallet out ready to subscribe if someone could only point me in the right direction.
As it is, I think The London Review of Books seems closest, although their scope is even more catholic than my ideal. I’m most excited about the possibilities offered by Slightly Foxed, but have never actually seen a copy.
Then there’s Bookmarks, which focuses solely on book reviews and recommendations in such a dizzying spread that I think I would be stunned into readerly immobility. And, of course, there’s The New Yorker, which isn’t strictly about books, but seems to appeal to the bookish set.
So what magazines do you subscribe to? Any particulars you’d recommend?