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The 10 Best Magazines to Curl Up With for Great Reads

No time to delve into a good book? No problem. These well-written magazines can be squeezed into the busiest of schedules to satisfy the great read you’re craving.

Sure, you’d love to spend a lazy afternoon getting lost in your favorite book or the latest bestseller. But either there’s not enough time or you can never get more than a few pages or chapters in before an interruption permanently takes you away.

Don’t think you have to give up leisurely reading altogether. Turn to these ten magazines to soak in their longer-form writing that’s still short enough to fit into the busiest of schedules. It’s the next best thing to reading a great book.

The Atlantic: Every page of this magazine is well-written, but the features on the latest social issues—like the effects Facebook has on us, changes in autism diagnoses or whether women can have it all—are the real gems.

Sports Illustrated: Even if you’re not a sports fan—but especially if you are—you’ll appreciate the well-written attention given to topics like agents paying players, Tuscaloosa’s devastating tornadoes and Title IX 40 years later.

Saveur: You’ll want to eat up this delicious writing that explores simple pleasures at home and exotic locales and cuisine abroad. It’s travel-meets-food in its best page-turning—and low-cost getaway—form.

National Geographic: Best known for its breathtaking photos, this magazine’s articles on sociological topics—like the impact of dying languages—and others with an environmental and scientific focus are written just as well.

EatingWell: As if the healthy recipes and nutrition news weren’t reason enough to read, features like the conglomeration of dairy farms and abundance (and health benefits) of salmon put this magazine over the top.

Garden & Gun: This Southern Living-meets-Oxford American publication explores everything Southern through the written word of some of the region’s best writers like Rick Bragg, Roy Blount, Jr., and Winston Groom.

Time: This news magazine provides thoughtful and thorough examinations of the latest political issues like healthcare and changes in international governments, as well as a healthy dose of culture, travel, food and sports.

Smithsonian: There’s a reason it was voted the most interesting magazine in America. Covering a little of everything—history, psychology, medical research, sports—and excellent writing surely had something to do with that.

Wired: Not just for techies, this magazine’s great writing on provocative and timely subjects like hurricane hunters, Olympic athletes and the latest in movies and TV are sure to please anyone looking for an interesting read.

Rolling Stone: If you dig that hip rocker vibe, you’ll enjoy reading it too. This magazine exudes cool in every way—including its writing on politics, social issues, music, television, video games and more music.

The 10 Best Magazines to Take to the Beach

The 10 Best Magazines to Take to the Beach

The 10 Best Magazines to Take to the BeachYou’re ready to soak up some sun this summer, but don’t hit the sand without these bright magazines safely stowed in your beach bag. 

How long have you been waiting for this summer vacation? You’ve got your spf, your sunglasses, your suit and a giant beach towel. Now all you need are some great summer reads. To help stock your beach bag this summer, we’re listing out the 10 best magazines to take to the beach this year.

For Her:

People: Who doesn’t love a little celebrity gossip while soaking up some rays? Sometimes we all need a little mental break to sit and enjoy our guilty pleasure magazine, and People is it.

Coastal Living: For once you can stare at those beautiful oceanscapes on the page and then look beyond the page to see the real thing in the background. Enjoy the magazine, and when that pang of “Oh I want to be there!” kicks in, just set the magazine down and voila!

Dwell: Totally focused on modern home design both inside and out, Dwell magazine is a great read with beautiful graphic design, and it just seems to speak to that creative side, which you actually have time to nurture while on vacay.

Sunset: Sunset magazine will help you drift peacefully into your tropical paradise. Devoted to everything West Coast, this magazine will add a splash of summer with great tips on everything from green living to food, wine and entertaining.

Health: It’s the best way to catch up on how to stay fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, all things that just make sense when you’re at the beach with a little time to scheme about the future.

For Him:

Wired: You finally have a chance to sit down and enjoy an entertaining read, and Wired is chock-full of enough new gadgets, inventions and trends to keep you entertained for an entire afternoon of sunning.

Fast Company: This is another good read, with stories of entrepreneurs, trends and business ideas both current and future. And don’t worry — though it has “company” in the title, this read will feel nothing like being at work!

The New Yorker: Great reporting and super interesting stories — need we say more?

Surfer: Even if you don’t have plans to hit the board on this trip, there’s just something fun about thumbing through a surfing magazine while at the beach. And hey, if you feel like a poser, you can always hide it between the pages of one of your other magazines and no one has to know.

ESPN The Magazine: Catch up on the latest sports news and let your mind kick back and relax. Golf anyone?

Enjoy these additional suggestions of quick and easy summer reads–all for less than $10.

Wired magazine June 2012

Wired Magazine’s Father’s Day Cover Flap Is Really Over No Major Faux Pas

Wired magazine June 2012 coverSome are quick to call foul over Wired’s nod to Dad for Father’s Day, though it’s about time he got his due. But any controversy here runs much deeper than this cover.

Poor Dad. Can the guy ever catch a break? If he’s not being typecast as an avid griller/golfer in Father’s Day gift guides, he’s getting another tie. So when Wired magazine tried to help him break out of that mold by celebrating its GeekDad concept on its June 2012 cover, it drew backlash from moms (and some dads).

GeekDad is Wired’s blog which focuses on puzzles, science experiments, building projects and techie stuff for kids and their dads, and this year—as a rare acknowledgement to Father’s Day—the editors placed it on the cover.

The special event companion to the cover is “GeekDad Day”—an admonition to celebrate dad in a way that doesn’t include grills or clubs or ties—through activities that help encourage a love of science and technology (even from-scratch baking) that, as an added bonus, make Dad look really cool.

But what about moms? Though they had their day last month, they took Wired to task for alienating women. And it runs deeper than the implication that women lack the tech savvy to be cool like dad; it’s also the way the magazine has portrayed women on its covers before—the infamous breasts cover, not to mention others featuring models and movie stars oozing with sexuality.

Dads of the world can counter that they’ve been treated as an afterthought for years in parenting magazines (any of them), save for a Father’s Day feature or mention around this time of year.

For publishers on both sides of the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately-in-print argument, it comes down to the almighty dollar. Moms read parenting magazines, dads don’t. And even though Wired is a general-interest magazine, guess who, based on its biggest customer base, reads it more often? Dear old Dad.

Despite recent commercials depicting dads as a little lacking in the diaper-changing department—which caused a healthy dose of controversy as well—plenty of dads are involved in their kids’ lives and plenty of dads care about parenting techniques, healthy eating and nurturing their little ones in their formative years. A Google search yields millions of blog results, by the way.

In the same vein, there are plenty of women—and moms—who love to geek out on the latest technology, science experiments and do-it-yourself building projects. To some extent, Wired has realized this with its introduction of its complementary GeekMom blog site.

It’s hard to knock Wired for acknowledging Dad in big bold letters on the cover of its June issue because, let’s face it, on what other magazine will he get his due for Father’s Day? The fear from moms and dads alike—and maybe men and women in general—that it perpetuates traditional gender roles that are more stereotypical than anything these days is understandable.

Fundamental changes in coverage and shifts in attitudes are needed, and they will come with time. But it’s not like Wired touted dads over moms for no reason. Is it too much to give Dad a break, at least in June? What do you think?

Teacher Appreciation Week: Top 10 Creative Alternatives to the Apple

Teacher Appreciation Week: Top 10 Creative Alternatives to the Apple

Teacher Appreciation Week: Top 10 Creative Alternatives to the AppleWe’re all familiar with the old adage, but if your child’s teacher really wanted 24 apples, he or she would just go to the store and buy a bag of Fujis.

An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but it might also keep your child’s teacher away if you decide to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week this week with a piece of fruit. All jokes aside, though, it’s tough to figure out how to best say thank you to the person who works daily to educate, nurture and care for your child.

To make the process a bit easier this year, we’re offering up our list of the Top 10 ways to thank your child’s teacher without going anywhere near the produce section. As with any gift, the most important thing is knowing the teacher and taking into account factors like age, hobbies, family life, interests and classroom needs to help you buy the most thoughtful gift possible. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

1. Nice coffee or tea - Of course this depends on the taste of the teacher, but a pound of nice coffee or a box of fine tea with a few honey sticks and a fun mug make for great gifts.

2. Books for the classroom - If your child is an elementary school student, you may be able to get an idea of what books the teacher has or wants and purchase some nice, new books for the classroom.

3. Something homemade – You don’t have to be an excellent baker to offer up a homemade present. Consider your abilities and make homemade stationery, a notebook or anything else you think the teacher would enjoy.

4. A magazine subscription (not to a teaching magazine) – If you know anything about the interests of the teacher you’re shopping for, get him or her a subscription to a fun magazine on the topic. For women, consider titles like Real Simple or Whole Living. For men, a safe bet is Popular Science or Wired.

5. Movie tickets – Regardless of age or stage of life, most teachers would enjoy four tickets to the local cinema. Popcorn, anyone?

6. A gift card to a teacher supply store – While every teacher does have a life outside of school and doesn’t necessarily want teacher-related gifts, this one can be quite helpful, as many teachers end up buying at least some supplies out of pocket.

7. A potted plant, flower or herb garden – Add a bit of spring to a teacher’s home or classroom with the gift of a potted plant or even an herb. Pick something seasonal to make it a little more timely and fun.

8. Chocolate – Need we say more?

9. A gift card to a coffee shop or restaurant – This is where you may need to know your child’s teacher a bit, but gift cards are always a nice token of appreciation since the recipient gets to choose how and when to use them.

10. Something uniquely local - Think about what gives your local area its flavor, and make a gift out of a few fun local things that are unique to where you live.