By Laura Legere and Nicholas Sabloff

NYRM probes the reading habits of some of our favorite magazine people.

  imageMichele Kort
Senior editor
Ms. Magazine
1. How many magazines do you subscribe to?
New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated. I let my subscriptions to The Village Voice and Rolling Stone lapse—the former because I didn’t like the changes it was undergoing, and the latter because it became too much of a “laddie” magazine. After I finished remodeling my home, I let my subscription to Dwell lapse.
2. What magazines do you read regularly?
I read L.A. Weekly, wish I read Vanity Fair more often, and usually skim Mother Jones and Los Angeles Magazine. I am always way behind on The New Yorker, although I think it’s the greatest magazine in the world.
3. What underappreciated magazine do you think
deserves a wider audience?

The Chronicle of Higher Education is really terrific. I also wish I read Bark magazine more often (I’m a dog nut).
4. What websites do you consider essential reading?
I read religiously, because it covers lesbians in the media. I read several times a day. Then there are the guilty gossip pleasures: PerezHilton, Defamer, Gawker. And I love The Elephant Sanctuary, where I keep up with the freed circus and zoo elephants living out their lives in Hohenwald, TN.
Marc Smirnoff

Editor and publisher
The Oxford American

1. I’ve tried to scale back—ten? fifteen?—but end up picking up more magazines at newsstands than is reasonable.
2. The New Yorker, The Believer, Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, Baseball America, Mojo, No Depression, The American Scholar.
3. The Oxford American. Without a doubt. I kid you not, etc. Second choice tie: The New Yorker (still deserves ten times the readership), The Believer, and Mojo.
4. That sounds like an oxymoron. But I guess Rotoworld for the baseball info.
Bill McKibben

Author of
Deep Economy
and frequent contributor
to The New York Review
of Books
and Outside

1.Too many to count—a major vice.
2. Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, Orion, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, The Economist, Outside, OnEarth, Sierra, The Nation, Christian Century, Books & Culture, Utne Reader, Yes!, The Sun, Gourmet, Rolling Stone, Cross Country Skier, National Geographic, Men’s Journal, The New England Review.
3. I’m not sure enough people know how satisfying a read The New York Review of Books is. It looks a little intimidating, but it dares to be dull on occasion, which is probably the prerequisite for being, in some deeper sense, interesting.
4.  Grist, Talking Points Memo, Daily Kos, Atrios, Firedoglake, the several very good political blogs in my home state of Vermont, WorldChanging, FasterSkier, Informal Comment, Tom Dispatch, Commondreams, AlterNet, Truthout, The New York Times online, the Mother Jones and Sojourners web sites, Salon, Ratebeer, and for Red Sox coverage.
George Saunders

Author of
In Persuasion
Nation and contributing
writer to
The New Yorker
1. At last count, about four, plus at least another six are sent to me for free.
2. The New Yorker, GQ, Harper’s, The Believer, n+1, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Bookforum.
3. I’m a fan of the new literary journal  n+1, which is smart and daring. Also, I don’t know if you could consider The Believer underappreciated, but I certainly  wish more people read it.  I also admire Zoetrope: All-Story, Tin House, and so many other small literary magazines publishing short fiction.  There is a great little magazine called Stay Free that is really smart.
4. I like Maud Newton’s site and one called Bookslut. Guernica has a really good online magazine. And I check Identity Theory, The Morning News, and I also regularly, and against my will, read that page that comes up when you go on to AOL. As a result, I seem to know a lot about dogs who called 911 and miraculous cows who can play Chopin and who got out of a
limo without underwear.
Shoshana Berger


1.  Five.
2. The New Yorker, Dwell, The New York Times Magazine, Everyday Food.
3. So many! Harper’s, New Scientist, Popular Science, Good.
4. For work I read TreeHugger, Design*Sponge, Instructables. For my own edification I read Slate, and The New York Times online.

Michael Tomasky

The American Prospect
1. The Nation, The American Prospect, The New Republic, Washington Monthly , The Weekly Standard, National Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and New York.
2. Aside from all the above, I’d cite Dissent. I also usually get this new quarterly called Democracy. I buy Vanity Fair most every month. I also try to read Bookforum regularly. I’m also an occasional reader of, believe it or not, Golf Digest, because I need all the help I can get on that front.
3. Well, naturally, I’d like to see the Prospect have a wider audience, although it’s certainly got a very good audience. I think Democracy is really interesting and would like to see it succeed. And while nothing can beat The New York Review of Books, I’d like to also shill for Bookforum, which is excellent.
4. I read the websites of many of the magazines named above—American Prospect, Washington Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, and National Review (The Corner), mostly. Also: The Guardian, Talking Points Memo, Slate, Salon, Atrios, Daily Kos, Matthew Yglesias, Ezra Klein, Too Hot for TNR, MyDD, James Wolcott’s Blog, Drudge Report, Huffington Post, Wonkette, Gawker, The Politico, The Washington Note
Helen Klaviter
Managing editor
1. Six or seven.
2. The New Yorker, Smithsonian. When my commute was longer, Commonweal and Scientific American.
3. Seriously, after almost forty years at a “small mag,” my dream is  to see small literary journals at every grocery store checkout counter.
4. Poetry Daily.  Arts &  Letters Daily. At the Grey’s Anatomy website: Grey Matter (the writers’  blog) and my favorite, Did You Know? (information and medical trivia on the procedures performed on the show). Oh, oh, maybe I should add that  my daughter writes the latter.
Jonah Goldberg

National Review
1. I receive/subscribe to about eighteen.
2. National Review, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Reason, Claremont Review of Books, Commentary, City Journal, The American Prospect, The New York Times Magazine, The American Interest, The New Yorker, The New Criterion, Democracy.
3. The Claremont Review of Books is simply a wonderful publication with a unique voice and mission and is woefully underappreciated.
4. Not counting National Review’s The Corner and other National  Review blogs, Kaus Files, The Plank, Tapped, The American Scene, Lucianne, The Drudge Report, Instapundit, Hit & Run, NoLeft Turns, Power Line, OpinionJournal, TCS Daily.
David Hershkovits

Editor and founder
Paper Magazine

1. Personally none. I get lots at the office, but I’m not a big
magazine reader. I read many newspapers online: The New
York Times, The London Times, The Los Angeles Times ,
The Washington Post.

2. The Economist, The New Yorker.
3. Paper Magazine.
4. I read websites/blogs all day. BoingBoing, Go Fug Yourself,
Engadget, Gawker, Mediabistro, The Hype Machine, Bloggers
Blog, Crooks and Liars, ROJO, Blog Maverick, YouTube…


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