Well, there you have it. The above are magazines I receive snail mail-wise. There are more, but I couldn’t get them all in the picture. It’s ridiculous I know, BUT there is a method to this madness. I get tons and tons and tons of info from these things.
For instance, you want to know something about how to describe that fab room where the antagonist of your current novel is planning his latest villainy? Check out ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST or VERANDA or what the hell, COUNTRY LIVING!
Travel? I got you covered with AFAR, a mag that discusses culture as well as place. Architecture? Hey, check out the INTERIOR DESIGN, a New York based magazine that provides excellent articles on the concept, design, and construction of HUGE projects: corporate law offices, museums, university libraries, that sort of thing. I also subscribe to DWELL, but I didn’t get it in the picture…whoops. DWELL Mag loves the pre-fab structures, you know, tiny homes and all that.
Interested in a bit of computer futurism? Ancient humans, future of food? SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN always has something good to say, and short, understandable articles to boot. The same sort of thing with BIBLICAL ARCHEOLOGY. Where else can you find info on Solomon’s palace?
LAPHAM’S QUARTERLY is a unique journal. It features a “theme” with each issue and then provides a great deal of quotes, articles, stories, y0u name it, that pertain to the stated theme. Quite helpful.
I am somewhat sad to admit that THE SUN is the only literary magazine I receive. I do request copies of a journal/magazine before I submit a story. THE SUN is an old friend of mine, so hey there it is.
My point? I know mags cost money, but I am convinced it’s money well spent. Plus they aren’t soooo expensive. Well, OBJECT, is a bit, but I don’t subscribe. I get it whenever I remember to grab a copy at the local BAM. It’s wonderful–what can I say?
I even have a new magazine on the way. BIRDS AND BLOOMS. It’s a dandy. I mean what is that bird with the silver streak on its wings that I see only in late evenings…hmmm.
For us writers who maybe can’t jet about the world whenever the whim hits us. I’m a bit reluctant to drive my ailing fourteen year old Ford Ranger to Nashville for fear it might heat up and blow a gusset on the way. sigh. So for me magazines are a great, albeit, vicarious way to explore the world.
How about it folks? Do any of you do the same? What mags do you recommend for the hard working writers out there?
Let me know!