I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve been thinking about subscribing to more print magazines, particularly the book-related variety. I love reading magazines, but my Texture subscription has meant I’ve been reading them primarily online. That said, these are the magazines I’ve found worth having around.
- The Times Literary Supplement is out of the UK (and is no longer affiliated with the Times). The essays it publishes can veer towards the academic, but there is such a wide range of criticism it is a joy to read (plus it comes weekly!).
- I love the LA Review of Books. I feel like they take a few more risks than some of the more traditional literary magazines, and aesthetically, the reviews are beautiful.
- As an object, nothing can really beat the Paris Review. I keep all of mine on my shelf, though I end up throwing most magazines away. Besides the beautiful poetry and prose that gets published there, I am partial to their author interviews. Plus, a subscription gets you access to their archives, which are so worth it.
- Bookforum is also a very fun read (and bonus, you can get a subscription for free if you subscribe to Art forum). It’s more newspapery in its aesthetics, but I love the kind of content they feature.
- Of course, The New York Review of Books is a classic. I subscribe and unsubscribe regularly, depending on my mood, but it is always a solid go to when I am looking for reviews—though it’s generally not super earth shattering in its hot takes.