Deborah Solomon
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Best Covers Critiqued
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Charting the Masthead
And the Award Goes to...
88 Magazine Uses
The Year In Magazines
NYRM X-word Answers

Short Takes Goes Glossy
New Moon’s Girl Editors
Name That Partisan Rag
Highs of the Lows, ’05-’06
Overheard in the Industry


Gay Talese’s Basement
Radical Art Mag vs. the IRS
Why Magazines Won’t Die
Radar’s Neverending Story
Davidson on His Photos
The ASME Curse
Wartime in the Glossies
An Ex-Con’s Legal Mag
Essence: Behind the Music
(Un)covering Athletes
My Beef with Bridal Mags
E&P Goes to War
The Price of Truth


Hispanic Magazine
Los Angeles Magazine
Men’s Vogue
National Geographic
The Walrus
Women’s Health


About NYRM


How many uses can you find for a magazine? Here are 88 uses—some practical, some strange—that people actually told me they have found for their magazines.

by Jenna Fisher

Kid’s booster chair | Collage | Origami | Paper airplane | Boxes | Ransom note | Flyswatter | Way to pick up guys/girls  | Coaster | Poster material | Bathroom wallpaper | Gift wrap | Bludgeon | Sit on it when you don’t want to get your bum dirty | Tuck under dorm-room doors to keep smoke from seeping out | Inspiration for haircuts, advice | Pack the family crystal | Wrap fish | Bullhorn | Toilet paper | Rain hat | Garbage can protector | Fire starter | Pillow | Liner for a dog cage | Makeshift window-shade | Stuffing for a bra | Stuffing for boots to keep them standing tall | Fold to make a sheath for a knife | Keep window from rattling | Roll them up to make necklace beads | Arts and crafts | Make into envelope | Build a magazine fort | Slide under jar or box to trap insects and bats | Splint to immobilize broken arm (as noted in the Red Cross Lifeguard Manual) | Make a Halloween costume | Line kitty litter boxes or use as kitty litter | Confetti | Paper maché | Rip it up and make a trail in the woods so you don’t get lost | Welcome mat | Bookmark | Place prominently on coffee table to impress your friends | Save them in stacks “for later” | Stocking stuffers | Throw at bad comedians | Doorstop | Strap to shoes to disguise footprints | Drop from tall building “just for fun” | Dust pan | Baseball bat | Makeshift basketball to shoot hoops | Pick up dog poop | Turn into book cover | Use as sleep mask when the plane doesn’t give you one | Hide porn (New Yorker on the outside, Playboy on the inside) | Clean your nails | Disposable sled | Cut pictures of models out to put in frames around the house and call them good friends or relatives | Ear plugs | Paintbrush | Plate | Self promotion (see Oprah and Martha) | Tube for blow darts | Telescope | Notepad | Fan | Spitball ammo | Scraper to remove snow from your windshield | Cut out paper doll clothes | Potholder | Science-project material | Even out the legs on a table | Stack a bunch, put a tablecloth over it and don’t worry about buying a coffee table | Wave it in the air to make political points | Fold it up and wedge in doorframe to keep doors from locking behind you | Frisbee | Roll it up and use as a pointer | Use to build up mulch in a garden | Funnel | Put in bundles and use as a ballast to weigh the back of your car down so it doesn’t slip so easily in the snow | Or put under wheels for traction | Paper-train animals | Spank kids or dogs | Deflect knife attacker | Shield | Procrastination tool | Scrap paper | Read?