This weeks Weekly Geek challenge (courtesy of Dewey at The Hidden Side of a Leaf) is about magazines. Right now, I don’t subscribe to any magazines, mostly because I can’t afford them and my living situation is in limbo. I did subscribe to The New Yorker awhile ago, but while I was in school I just didn’t have time to read each issue like I wanted to and I ended up being wracked with guilt as my magazine pile kept growing. I tried just clipping the articles I was interested in and throwing out the rest, but even then I just had so many pieces I wanted to read that I never had the chance to get through the pile. I am clearly not a weekly magazine sort of person — I need more time to digest things than that.
One website I really like is NewPages.com, a website devoted to “News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary magazines, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more.” From the website you can find links to many online literary journals, news magazines, and other book related sites. They’re sorted in a number of different ways — topic, online versus print, or alphabetically — so it makes it easy to find something you might be interested in.
As I’ve mentioned a couple times before, I am moving to Madison, Wisconsin this fall to start graduate school in journalism. Eventually, I hope to write for magazines, so I suppose I should start reading more. I want to write for magazines because I like the longer form stories get to take — I like to take my time, explore stories from many angles, and use telling details to really bring an event or person to life, and newspapers just don’t have the space to do that well.
That said, I should probably do more reading of my craft if it is what I really want to get into. So here are some questions: What are some good literary/creative nonfiction magazines? What are some good magazines on journalism or writing? What are good lifestyle or arts magazines?