EXCLUSIVE: Top Ten Favorite Magazines

Rolling Stone

Rolling StoneRolling Stone, the first mass-produced counterculture magazine, is by far my favorite publication. I started reading the politically-charged and often controversial magazine in junior high and have been a subscriber ever since. It introduced me to some of my favorite old school journalists, like Hunter S. Thompson, and gave me the opportunity to read work by exciting young writers like Matt Taibbi and Michael Hastings. I may not always agree with RS’ editorial choices, but there is some damn fine reporting in that magazine.—JK

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Entertainment Weekly

EWMy bible. As a severely addicted pop culture junkie, EW is my go-to source for all the latest in celebrity hook-ups, movie reviews, behind-the-scenes TV features, music, theatre, and more. I look forward to it every Friday and devour it cover-to-cover instantly. I would kill to work for them someday.—DT

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Sports Illustrated

Sports IllustratedI’m not a huge sports junkie; I love baseball and would maybe consider myself a casual NFL fan. However, I look forward to getting my Sports Illustrated in the mail every Thursday. There seems to be a bit of condescension towards sports reporters by other “mainstream” media people, but the features in SI are Exhibit A of why that’s a bunch of crap. I’d put writers like Tom Verducci up against a snooty New Yorker feature writer any day. The photography is fantastic as well.—JK

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Disney Adventures

DisAdvI remember gobbling this up as a kid. From 1990-2007, this mag was kind of a pre-EW for my entertainment-loving heart. It was full of puzzles and factoids from my favorite movies and shows, plus cool interviews with all the famous people who were all the rage in the ‘90s.—DT

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Time

Time MagazineThere were always copies of Time laying around my parents’ house when I was a kid. Being a voracious reader, I would always find myself picking them up and reading about things I was probably too young to understand. However, I think it’s where my love of news and information began. My mom still keeps back issues for me whenever I stop by to visit.—JK

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YM

YMYoung & Modern, more lamely known later as Your Magazine. It was founded in 1932 and published for 72 years (final issue in 2004) and was the second oldest girls’ magazine (the oldest being Seventeen) in the United States. I read it in middle school; it was almost like Cosmo for tweens, with tips on how to make your crush notice you, hair styles, fashion trends, and, you guessed it, celebrity interviews.—DT

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Wizard

WizardMy friends and I had our own currency when were kids: comic books. In the pre-internet dark ages of the early ‘90s, the only way to know what your precious books were worth when engaging in bartering and trading was the premier comic and nerd culture magazine, Wizard. I remember going down to the little newsstand and candy store in my hometown—really the only store in town—and picking up the new edition whenever it came out. We’d keep track of our comic’s value like we were playing the stock market using that magazine.—JK

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All Animals

All AnimalsI became a member of the Humane Society of the U.S. last year and started receiving their member magazine, All Animals. I love it. Every cover features gorgeous glossy photography of wildlife or pets with insightful editorial from the front lines of animal welfare. It has a number of fun features that cover everything from vegan recipes to cruelty-free cosmetics. A great read for animal lovers.—DT

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Fangoria

FangoriaAnother pre-internet age relic, Fangoria was my source for all things horror when I was a kid. From Freddy and Jason to the evil Cenobites in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series, it kept me up to date on the latest movies, books, and news from that genre’s world. The super gory covers were always good for getting in trouble at school as well.—JK

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Fitness

Fitness

OK, so I’m no health nut or gym rat, but it still makes me feel good to read Fitness every once in a while. It’s full of inspiring stories from those who have achieved their weight loss or running goals, heart-healthy recipes, and workouts you can try out right inside your own home … plus, *cough* celeb interviews …—DT

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