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RudĩϐЯaЯïan
(Sharing here as well, since the source of the question is actually collection development:) Friday question: What are your favorite popular-but-smart magazines? Any topic at all. (via http://friendfeed.com/rudibra...)
scientific american (although I loathe their treatment of libraries), wired - Christina Pikas
Harper's, The Nation, National Geographic, The Atlantic (sorta - not a favorite of mine but in that genre), Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, the Economist - Catherine Pellegrino
Like Catherine, Vanity Fair, New Yorker. Also Harper's. Some of you will give me the side-eye, but Black Book, Salon, W. It's a newspaper, but Financial Times. - kaijsa
Harpers, The Atlantic, the New Yorker - LibrarianOnTheLoose from BuddyFeed
Economist, the Walrus. - DJF
Atlantic - Joe from iPod
Smithsonian. - Hedgehog
kajisa, I haven't heard of those. I'll add them to my look-into list. Same with Walrus. We have the (and are asking to keep) rest, yay! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
(notsomuch asking to keep, as those are not on the "remove from popular reading collection list") - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Blackbook and Salon are web mags. W is fashiony excellence. - kaijsa
The Sun - Galadriel C.
Latham's Quarterly, The Believer, sometimes the Utne Reader (depends on my mood). Also, fwiw, we do most of our popular-reading-collection selection by annual student survey "which of these do you want in the library? what don't we have that you wish we did?" - Marianne
The Atlantic and Harper's. Also, both not true magazine format, but I'll throw 'em in anyway: I think Bookforum and London Review of Books are great browsing reading. - Regular Amanda from Android
The Walrus - jambina
Marianne, I picked up an Utne Reader in the spring and was disappointed to see that the new editorial board considers Forbes to be within scope for selecting articles. - DJF
I like Bitch quite a bit. Mother Jones, too. - barbara fister
oh yes. Bitch. Bust used to be better, but I'm unimpressed with the hipster fashion plates that they started a few years ago. - DJF
David, agreed completely! Bitch is on my to-add list, Bust is not. - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Keep 'em coming! There are titles here I've never heard of! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I would add the "big 3" science fiction/fantasy magazines (Asimov's, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, in descending order of writing quality), but "popular" is an extreme stretch, as none of them has even close to six-digit circulation. [I love them all, however, especially Asimov's, which frequently accounts for close to half of the annual Nebula/Hugo short-form awards.] - Walt Crawford
Spouse gets Orion. It's a sciency-policy-picture-type magazine. If you like your politics more radical there is the Nation and Z, although I haven't seen Z in some time so maybe it's not publishing anymore. - Elizabeth Brown