Appearing to Be Well Read Not Cheap

The pile of unread publications on my coffee table attests to my knowledge of the names of publications that keep people informed on many and divergent areas of the cultural spectrum.

n+1: I saw the name of this publication on a blog, in the same paragraph as the name “Slavoj Žižek.” It’s based in Brooklyn. ($35/year)

Lucky Peach: The pork buns at Momofuku are without a doubt the best I’ve ever had. ($28/year)

American Caving Accidents: What an obscure publication to have out on a coffee table! (included with $40/year National Speleological Society membership)

The Believer: Isn’t it brilliant and convenient that they put the table of contents on the back cover? ($45/year)

The Wire: British. (£56/year)

American Reader: This is a new one. Issues 2 through 4 have thick, pretty, beige covers, but issue 1 clearly had a much lower budget. ($39.99/year)

The Baffler: Really smart bunch of people behind this one. ($30/year)

Vice: There’s boobs in there sometimes. (free)


William Foster lives in Portland, Ore.


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