February 12, 2009

The Atlantic

I sign up for a lot free things these days, often magazine subscriptions, and none has proven more awesome than The Atlantic.

I received two issues in as many days (odd how magazines come in bunches), and have spent some extremely satisfying minutes reading about cupcakes, modern mixology, the recession's effect on porn, tech-savvy government websites, and why TV is getting cheesier.

My two favorite stories, oddly enough, deal with the armed forces.

First, in long form: "The Last Ace" goes into depth on the waning superiority of our Air Force internationally.

Then, in short: "Army Food" features an Olympic-like cook-off between the world's army chefs.

I was also fairly convinced by a dangerous water story that begins:
The alcoholic comedian W. C. Fields offered this rationale for not drinking water (absent whiskey): “Fish fuck in it.”
I have even found the regular features and section divisions pleasing, most notably In a Word by Barbara Wallraff, which prompts readers to coin new words for odd modern day occurrences and feelings. Examples: a word for the pile of clothes that have been worn but you will wear again but didn't properly put away; a word for the time you sit in front of a DVD's repeating menu screen.

I also like the magazine's design and illustrations.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Daniel Silliman said...

The Atlantic, both online and in paper, has consistantly been my favorite magazine. It's smarter than the general news mags., like Time and Newsweek, broader and deeper than the ideological ones, like The Nation and National Review, and not as self-important and stuffy as the classics, Harpers, New York Post, etc. I'm a fan (even tho. their annual fiction issue makes me despair for fiction every year).

February 13, 2009 at 3:30 AM 
Blogger Naomi said...

I just discovered The Atlantic by reading a good article dealing with an unfortunate issue
of universal health care. Definitely a much deeper look at a particular problem instead of the usual broad proclamations.

February 13, 2009 at 6:42 AM 
Blogger Chase Purdy said...

I've brought a few of The Atlantic's articles into my Ingrid class for discussion, but I don't really follow them closely.

Making room in my reader...

February 13, 2009 at 9:38 AM 
Blogger Tony Gonzalez said...

U.S. News and World Report, on the other free hand, blows.

It sounds like Silliman and I are reading the same magazine -- I agree, it really has a nice tone and a readable depth and variety.

February 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM 

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