It’s only been a few weeks, but I miss The New Yorker already. I’ve shared a subscription with my brother and father for the past couple of years, and found the magazine incomparable in terms of the quality and depth of its reporting. It’s the only magazine I read regularly.
When I’m traveling, I’ll sometimes indulge in lighter fare like Esquire, Details or Wired, but that’s the extent of things in the analogue world. My online reading inevitably sends me all over the place, from The Atlantic to Slate.
But July has been the month to go all-Canadian for books and magazine, so I have to give up my American magazines and magazine sites. Where does that leave me on this side of the border?
Macleans – My father used to read Mcleans religiously when I was young. I usually just read the movie reviews and Allan Fotheringham’s backpage column. It’s my impression that, in recent years, the magazine has morphed into a hyper-ventilating mouthpiece of conservative Canada, but I honestly haven’t picked an issue up in a decade. I’ll buy one and test my assumptions.
Geist – I’ve read Geist off-and-on for years, though I’ve never felt really compelled by its brand of showily-brainy non-fiction. As it happens, I’ve written a couple small items for this magazine, all of them at the less brainy end of the scale.
Canadian Geographic - My Mom used to get this magazine. I almost exclusively looked at the pretty pictures.
Sharp – I just discovered this in the Toronto airport. It’s seems to be positioned as Canada’s Esquire. The issue I read had Bradley Cooper on the cover. It was unremarkable.
Though I’ve never read it, several people have recommended Toronto Life to me. What’s your favourite Canadian magazine?