Gay Talese’s Basement
What Are They Reading?
Following an NYRM tradition, we asked a number of people—inside and outside the magazine world—to tell us what magazines they are reading when they are on the go or in the comfort of their own homes.
Touré, contributing editor of Rolling Stone
1.What magazines do you read?
2.What magazines are your guilty pleasures—picked up just to indulge yourself?
Occasionally I’ll pick up Feds or Don Diva, the real hard-core street-crime magazines, written by people who know intimately about that life. But the writing, designing and editing are so bad that it’s hard for me.
3. What are the magazines you think you should read but seldom do?
David Bouley, master chef
2. Men’s Vogue.
3. The New Yorker.
Nicholas D. Kristof, op-ed columnist, The New York Times
2. I don’t tend to read magazines for guilty pleasure. I’m more of a book and newspaper and Web reader than a magazine reader.
Richard Johnson, Page Six editor, The New York Post
Terry McDonell, managing editor, Sports Illustrated
2. I don’t see it like that. I’m not really ashamed of any of the magazines I read. I really like the fashion stuff. Men’s Vogue is really hot.
3. It’s my job. What I don’t do is watch a lot of TV. But it’s also my job to lie on the couch and watch sports on TV.
Jorge Ramos, news anchor for “Noticiero Univision”
1. Foreign Affairs (in both English and Spanish), a magazine from Mexico called Proceso and another called Gatopardo, the Latin American edition of Newsweek, Travel and Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times Magazine (which is better than any other magazine), and any other publication I come across when travelling by plane—preferably if another passenger forgot it.
2. My guilty pleasure, without a doubt, is Vanity Fair. It is not only well-written, but it’s also joy to see it and feel it. Its gives you the impression that you are on a break every time you read it.
Jesse Oxfeld, Gawker editor
1. Mostly, I read The New Yorker, New York, and I try to read The Atlantic. Then I end up scanning or reading parts of lots of other things for work—from Time and Newsweek to Time Out New York to Vanity Fair and GQ and Esquire to journo-dorky things like CJR to gay stuff, like Out and Details. Oh, and I guess the celeb weeklies now and again, much as I hate to have to do it.
2. Guilty pleasures? Truth is I’m an incredible dork. So while I end up reading Star and Vanity Fair and occasionally the National Enquirer for work, if I had time by myself on a beach someplace to read whatever I wanted, it’d be going through the back issues of New Yorkers I haven’t had time to read thoroughly enough.
Anthony Romero, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union