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May 25, 2005

Magazines About Everything

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Noticed during my latest visit to the nearby magazine stand.

  • Retrogamer (for those who like to play old computer games)
  • YM Your Prom
  • Homeopathy Today
  • Autism Spectrum Quarterly

With a neighborhood magazine stand like this, who needs the Web?



posted by Michael at May 25, 2005


"With a neighborhood magazine stand like this, who needs the Web?"

With a neighborhood magazine stand like that, you might want to find a new neighborhood. I mean if the population of young autistic homeopaths who play Pac-man is high enough to support four magazines, you might have a problem.

Just saying, is all.

Posted by: Doug Sundseth on May 25, 2005 7:04 PM

And, best of all, if you pick up any of these offerings, you won't flip to a random page and see the headline "Error 404 - Article not found"
or get an alert saying, "Viewing the ink in these pictures requires a magazine plug-in" or see a broken JPEG graphic in place of a photograph.

Posted by: Scott Cunning on May 25, 2005 7:56 PM

Well, I need the Web to read the musings of the Blowhards, of course.

Posted by: jason on May 25, 2005 8:12 PM

Aww, c'mon guys. Take it easy on Michael.

After all, he lives in the Village!! Just think of all the mag titles he probably could have mentioned, but had the good taste not to.

Actually, in my book a comprehensive magazine stand is a sign of civilization, evek though 90% of what such a stand might carry dishonors the fish it will ultimately wrap.

The town I live in (Olympia, WA) has a Barnes & Noble with an okay mag rack, but it's not up even what Joe's Smoke Shop (I'm wildly guessing at the name) that used to be near the corner of State and Broadway in Albany, NY when I lived there in the early 70s. Seattle has Bulldog News in the University District, the news stand at Pike Place Market, and there's another pretty good one in the Fremont district. Even Port Angeles, WA had a surprising decent mag stand-cum book shop.

What's my criterion? Foreign magazines, often of the automobile persuasion.

Anyone else have favorite news stands they might care to mention?

Posted by: Donald Pittenger on May 25, 2005 8:31 PM

In Waynesville, NC there was a stand that is unfortunately closed now. Whenever I was up that way, I always made sure to drop by and pick up two or three newspapers to read leisurely on my parents back porch. I especially enjoyed it because it didn't seem to fit in: it had a local charm that didn't mesh with the touristy feel of the rest of the street. And the selection? Yes better that any Barnes and Noble. I always made sure to buy a load of magazines in my effort to do my part to keep them in business. Oh yes, they also sold hot peanuts by the bag in addition to staples like milk and baking soda. I know I'm rambling but I don't know how to express the kick in the gut I got when the place that was always open for me, even on those cold Christmas mornings, was empty when I was up there last. Oh well, I guess all good things must come to an end and that empty place will be filled with one of those gift shops the tourists like.

Posted by: brett on May 25, 2005 9:18 PM

Well, there is my favorite... I wouldn't call it a stand, it's a combo: a magazine shop (about 600-650 sq.ft), with maybe 3000 titles of fashion/interiors/graphic design/antiques magazines from around the world, 4 small tables for patrons to sit and browse thru, and a tiny sandwich/coffee stand with beverage freezer. 2 employees are legato* guys in their late 20's from Lebanon (or or maybe Syria..anyway, they speak French)

Tickling, this combo: Middle-Eastern manner (the younger one actually blushed when I said it's time to buy a new shirt, his byceps don't fit) and all the exaggerated and photoshopped skin on the covers around them.

Coffee is passable; Rahim remembers I like one sugar in my cup; he meets me with "Salam" after I mentioned 3 months ago I lived once in Uzbekistan, never mind I was 2 at the time; there is no pressure to buy anything, you can seat and look at pretty pics (coz who can read in Dutch in this Dutch-founded city, honestly? Or Croatian...Japanese) for hours - and what a beauty those photography mags from Italy!

Garment district, 35th street btwn Madison and 6th Ave, New York City.

*legato, as in music term, is the only word to describe the tone.

Posted by: Tatyana on May 25, 2005 9:42 PM

The best magazine stand I've seen is on 14th Street in Manhattan, just west of Fifth Avenue; I think it's name is Universal News, but don't quote me on that. It's a sizeable place, probably close to 750 square feet, with more titles than I've seen anywhere else. The clerks are Jordanians and seem much nicer than their counterparts in most such places, granted that's not necessarily saying a lot :)

Posted by: Peter on May 25, 2005 10:08 PM

Peter, are we talking about same place?

Posted by: Tatyana on May 25, 2005 10:15 PM

Years ago, I saw an utterly obscure magazine in a most unlikely place. I was in a convenience store (like a 7-11 but a local Chicago-area variant called the White Hen) on Harlem Avenue, the western boundary of the Chicago suburb of Oak Park. I glanced at the magazine rack, but just about all of the magazines were of the most mass-appeal, general interest sort imaginable.

Then I saw a copy of a model railroad magazine devoted to S-scale trains. Now, by White Hen standards, even the most popular model railroading magazine, Model Railroader, which covers the entire hobby, would be too esoteric. But this magazine was beyond the outermost bounds of esoteric. Without getting into the eye-glazing details, S scale was a nearly extinct toy train size (a little larger than HO scale, a little smaller than Lionel) living off the little remaining momentum of the once fairly popular line of trains made by American Flyer, a company defunct since the '60s. Even within the model railroading hobby, there were only a scant few hobbyists and collectors still working in that scale. There might be enough of them scattered around the country to keep a magazine devoted to S scale going by subscription, but surely there weren't enough in one place for newsstand distribution?

When I glanced through the magazine and saw the publisher's address, I realized what was going on. The magazine was published practically across the street, or at least in the next suburb over from Oak Park, and probably out of the publisher's basement. I could just imagine him loading some extra copies in the trunk of his car and going around to all the magazine outlets in the neighborhood, perhaps not even charging store managers for his magazine, but just hoping that if copies were out there, someone with a potential interest might chance to pick one up and subscribe. For that magazine, though, it still seemed pretty hopeless.


Posted by: Dwight Decker on May 26, 2005 1:03 AM

Retrogaming? What's next, Uncle Wiggley?

Count me in!

Posted by: Lynn on May 26, 2005 1:48 AM

"Peter, are we talking about the same place?"

Don't think so ... you said that the one you mentioned was on 35th Street, the one I mentioned is on 14th. Might be part of the same chain, however.

Posted by: Peter on May 26, 2005 10:18 AM

With the web, who needs a neighbourhood (if those are your magazine choices)?

Posted by: Lynn Schibeci on May 26, 2005 10:21 AM

Okay---I'm a moron---what does YM your prom mean? And am I going to be really embarassed by the answer? And sorry I ever posted this?

Posted by: annette on May 26, 2005 11:52 AM

YM Your Prom seems to be a fashion mag for teen girls getting ready for prom season. An entire magazine for that, and not just a special issue. Amazing. YM -- didn't that used to be Young Miss magazine? So maybe YM Your Prom is put out by the former Young Miss publishers?

Oy, the facts our brains occupy themselves with ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on May 26, 2005 12:06 PM

Maybe a prom magazine was somebody's brainstorm after seeing wedding magazines? Those can be hundreds of pages thick, bursting with ads, aimed at the bride on an occasion in her life when she's a ripe target for those particular advertisers and with fewer inhibitions about spending than otherwise. Then that Somebody thought, "Hm, are there any other remotely similar occasions like that in a woman's life that we can do a magazine on and sell lots of ads? A-ha! THE PROM!"

And come to think of it, it must be prom season about now (late May). Just the other night, I saw a stretch-body Lincoln limo about a mile long go by, and a couple of girls in formals were standing up inside, their upper bodies emerging from the open sunroof, and waving cheerfully at pedestrians. Looked like fun...


Posted by: Dwight Decker on May 26, 2005 2:57 PM

YM used to be "Young Miss," but then the publishers changed it to "Young and Modern." I guess they thought the former name was too condescending or otherwise non-p.c. In any event, the change didn't last for long and today YM stands for, well, nothing, sort of like the S in Harry S Truman.

Posted by: Peter on May 26, 2005 3:24 PM

YM stands for "Young Miss"???? Oh, my goodness! I assumed it was some ultrahip sex or rock-'n'-roll thing that I was the last person on the planet not to know about! See the aspie posting...(no, actually my score wasn't that high!).

Posted by: annette on May 26, 2005 3:32 PM

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