Summer is the time to catch up on sleep, and reading! As a Chictopian, you are probably not in short supply of some great fashion magazines. But lounging by the poolside calls for some great literary magazines to read, here are our top 5 magazines worth subscribing to this summer…
This magazine originated in UK in the 90s, and during its initial stages featured clubs in London. Since then it has maintained its independent nature and has grown into a reputable magazine. Dazed & Confused topics include music, fashion, film, art and literature. The magazine has also been known to support social causes like RED and World Aids Day. Stars like Maddona, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss and most recently Beyonce have graced its cover. This magazine offers fashion mixed in with readable material about other things like film and art, mixed with commentary on social and political issues.
2. THE BELIEVER
The backbone of The Believer consists of book reviews, interviews, author features and letters from the editor. They describe themselves as focusing on writers and books they like, often with very in-depth reviews and interviews. Aside from its literary focus The Believer annually publishes an art, music, and film issue as well. This magazine is a breath of fresh air, often publishing interesting content that can’t be seen in other magazines, accompanied by quality writing.
3. VANITY FAIR
A mix of politics, fashion, and pop culture Vanity Fair is potpourri of reading material. It underwent a ‘revival’ in the 80s to modernize it and since then has seen resurgence in popularity. Notable Vanity Fair material includes a Annie Leibovitz cover featuring a naked and pregnant Demi Moore; an expose on the tobacco industry (which later was turned into an Academy Award nominated film, The Indsider) and its annual Hollywood issue featuring the nominees for the Academy Awards.
Although its title suggests otherwise, the influence of The New Yorker extends far past the Big Apple. It is known for its pop culture commantaries, short stories, fiction, literary reviews, and its reporting on social issues and politics. It is also known for its humor; since its inception in 1925 the magazine has been featuring cartoons in every issue. Even if this magazine offers little to no reporting on the world of fashion, it still is an interesting and culturally relevant read for any worldly person.
Saveur is a must read for any type of foodie. It is a gourmet food and wine magazine, but also features travel as well. The magazine combines these two in its notable articles of world cuisines. It comes off as a modern food magazine not for the ‘Martha Stewart’ crowd. In addition to relevant recipes you can cook up this summer, Saveur also features food guides for your travels and interviews with interesting individuals in the restaurant industry.
Have any other magazines you think you could add to this list? Share them in the comments!Image via QVEST April 2011