Based in Los Angeles, Kristen W. TerrY HAS been writing since childhood. Her early stories about the Starfish family were applauded by her family, which remains on the short list for the pinnacle of her career.

5 Publications You Should Still Be Reading in Print

Originally published on Career Contessa.

ALTHOUGH AN ARGUMENT COULD BE MADE FOR READING THE PAPER EVERY DAY, WE KNOW HOW BUSY YOU ARE. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SURE-FIRE CHEAT SHEET.

1. THE SUNDAY NEW YORK TIMES

The Sunday edition is the way to go. It gives you a chance to catch up on what has happened during the previous week, get a hint of what lies ahead, and enjoy a few extras.

Our hit list for the paper includes the Styles section (and not only because it’s printed on thicker paper that feels good in your hands); The Business section’s Vocations Column (where you can read about what it’s like to be anything from a concert interpreter to the groundskeeper for the San Diego Padres); The New York Times Magazine (for both The Ethicist and—ahem—crossword); and when it’s included, T Magazine

If you’re feeling rushed, just take the time to read at least one article from every section. You’ll start off your Sunday (and your week) feeling cultured and intelligent, and who doesn’t love that?

Cost: $6/issue

2. VANITY FAIR

Vanity Fair is one of the few publications left where almost every article in every issue is not only readable but actually enjoyable as well.

Each issue gets you a nice mix of content from current events (like Nancy Jo Sales’ article on sex and Tinder in the September issue) to human­interest stories (who doesn’t want to read about Queen Elizabeth and her corgis?) to politics (see Bryan Burrough’s recent report on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio). 

We are continually impressed by VF’s ability to take the most unlikely subject and spin it into an incredible read. Case in point: the August 2015 article on cloning polo horses—a topic we can’t say we’d spent a lot of time considering previously, but which we voraciously finished because of the stellar writing.

Cost: $12/year

3. THE NEW YORKER

Let us start by stating an inherent truth: any publication David Sedaris writes for gets a win in our book. {click to tweet} Then there are the cartoons, which were funny even before this website.

Don’t get us wrong, it’s not just for the comedy and comics. We also appreciate that they include pieces of fiction and book reviews (you can never have too many suggestions of books to read!). Their articles include the best writing of our age on a wide range of topics, from the Lockerbie bombing – and one brother’s mission to discover those responsible – to Los Angeles’s newest contemporary museum, The Broad. 

Added bonus:  you really can’t discount the portability factor – slightly smaller than the average magazine, as well as thinner, which makes it perfectly foldable when necessary e.g. when traveling by plane. 

Cost: $12/12 weeks

4. DARLING

We were prepared to love Darling even before it published its first issue in September 2012. Its tagline, “the art of being a woman,” is sure to resonate with women in all walks of life, and the editorial team’s commitment to never retouching their models is a refreshing change. They cover a wide variety of topics with a good mix between light-hearted and serious subjects, and their photos always feature real women, not the stereotypical models you find in other publications. Plus, they interview the type of women we admire most, like Emily Henderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. 

Cost: $20/quarter

 

And the icing on this already delicious cake: they also regularly include poems and recipes. 

5. CEREAL

Cereal is another magazine that features gorgeous photographs and high quality printing, but that’s not all it has to offer. {click to tweet} They write primarily about food and travel, although they’ve been known to include elements of design (like their column “Interlude,” which has showcased everything from watches by British company Uniform Wares to the ethics of American clothing company Everlane). And they make great use of photo essays to educate their readers on heady or sensitive topics. A recent photo series on grains brought readers a more complete understanding of the food we consume. 

But their travel stories really set them apart from other publications. Each piece focuses on a few points of interest, as well as a bit on the local cuisine. The next time we plan a trip, Cereal will be one of the first resources we turn to. 

Cost: around $14/issue

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Oh, and two bonus publications for the men in your life (or, hey, for you—let’s be honest, good writing is good writing and these magazines are appealing across genders): GQ for the articles and Man of the World for style.

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