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Great Magazine Articles

Post by span @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:31 am

I have had a link bookmarked for ages; it's a list of suggestions for the best magazine articles ever:
http://kk.org/cooltools/best-magazine-articles-ever

Typically the articles are really long and my attention span is brief and feeble, so I've still only read a handful, but most of those I have read have been utterly engrossing and have stuck with me. So I thought I'd share.

Off-hand I remember reading and 'enjoying' (although that's not always the right word) these:

Letting Go is about the way we face terminal illness, and whether the focus is too much based in the 'fixing' objective of medicine, rather than in acceptance which may be kinder.

Death of an Innocent is written by Jon Krakauer, who I think went on to write the book which inspired the film 'Into The Wild', all on the same topic - Christopher McCandless traveling America and hiking into the Alaskan wilderness. I loved the film and so was interested to read the article, though the truth of McCandless' adventure is that it was much more foolhardy and less romantic than what you see in the moviefilm.

The Itch is about itchiness, and people whose lives are ruined by it. It's not one to read while eating.

The Peekaboo Paradox is about a troubled and sought-after children's entertainer called the Great Zucchini.

The Real Heroes Are Dead is about Rick Rescorla who was a very brave sort of man generally, who died as a security guard in the World Trade Center.

Fatal Distraction is about tragic cases of parents forgetting their children in the back seat of cars. As utterly upsetting as it sounds, but I found it thought provoking and quite fascinating as well, if you can face it.

Finally, in a slightly different category (and I don't think it's in that list), the story of the Air France flight that crashed in 2009 is one of the most gripping things I've read.

So anyway. Do you like magazines?
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by minimoog @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:35 am

Pretty morbid taste you've got there Span. Think I'll pass.
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Post by span @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:42 am

minimoog wrote:Pretty morbid taste you've got there Span. Think I'll pass.

Hah yeah I suppose it is rather.

There are articles in the original list about sport and technology and stuff. I suppose I like the more human stories which tend to be a bit morbid.

The one I couldn't find was about the young high school sports star who was badly injured and lived the rest of his life in his old bedroom being spoonfed by his mum, or similar.
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by FurDonga @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:48 am

So thats who buy's the magazines at supermarket checkouts
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by Strawman @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:49 am

I've stopped reading magazines, I blame the internet, I know you can read newspapers on here as well but it is a worry how they will get funded in future time. In the documentary on Don Mccullin he was lamenting the fact that fewer photographers were getting paid to do long stints somewhere and document newsworthy stories.
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by span @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:57 am

Strawman wrote:I've stopped reading magazines, I blame the internet, I know you can read newspapers on here as well but it is a worry how they will get funded in future time. In the documentary on Don Mccullin he was lamenting the fact that fewer photographers were getting paid to do long stints somewhere and document newsworthy stories.

I agree.

It'd be a shame for magazines to die or have to move online, and some are already doing, but equally I'm not doing anything about it by buying actual hard copy magazines.
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by Damien Thorn @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:05 pm

span wrote:
Strawman wrote:I've stopped reading magazines, I blame the internet, I know you can read newspapers on here as well but it is a worry how they will get funded in future time. In the documentary on Don Mccullin he was lamenting the fact that fewer photographers were getting paid to do long stints somewhere and document newsworthy stories.

I agree.

It'd be a shame for magazines to die or have to move online, and some are already doing, but equally I'm not doing anything about it by buying actual hard copy magazines.

Frankly, I have enough reading material online to both sate my desire to read things and to fill the amount of free time I'm prepared to expend on reading. My interest is films (as some of you may know) and I can find a huge wealth more, more up to date, more fervently opinionated if I choose, and crucially free - information to read on that subject online than I can in magazines. I can't think of a single reason to wait one month at a time to read 30 pages-or-so worth of specified editorial content for £6 or w'ev, when I can read infinite amounts of stuff every single day about anything on the subject that catches my interest, for nothing. Which is sad and makes me nostalgic for the days when I would rush home with an issue of Fangoria or Starburst and devour every single page, but tough.
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by Strawman @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:37 pm

Damien Thorn wrote: Which is sad and makes me nostalgic for the days when I would rush home with an issue of Fangoria or Starburst and devour every single page, but tough.


I was the same with Car and Classic magazine and used to read the whole thing in a few hours, then scrounge through all the bits that were too dull to read initially the following day plus all the classifieds. Anyway change.
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by Disastrous @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:46 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:
span wrote:
Strawman wrote:I've stopped reading magazines, I blame the internet, I know you can read newspapers on here as well but it is a worry how they will get funded in future time. In the documentary on Don Mccullin he was lamenting the fact that fewer photographers were getting paid to do long stints somewhere and document newsworthy stories.

I agree.

It'd be a shame for magazines to die or have to move online, and some are already doing, but equally I'm not doing anything about it by buying actual hard copy magazines.

Frankly, I have enough reading material online to both sate my desire to read things and to fill the amount of free time I'm prepared to expend on reading. My interest is films (as some of you may know) and I can find a huge wealth more, more up to date, more fervently opinionated if I choose, and crucially free - information to read on that subject online than I can in magazines. I can't think of a single reason to wait one month at a time to read 30 pages-or-so worth of specified editorial content for £6 or w'ev, when I can read infinite amounts of stuff every single day about anything on the subject that catches my interest, for nothing. Which is sad and makes me nostalgic for the days when I would rush home with an issue of Fangoria or Starburst and devour every single page, but tough.


I well heart magazines and don't really like reading articles online.


I get quite excited about my national geographic arriving and sometimes experience an erection as it pops through the letterbox.
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by Damien Thorn @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:47 pm

Disastrous wrote:
Damien Thorn wrote:
span wrote:
Strawman wrote:I've stopped reading magazines, I blame the internet, I know you can read newspapers on here as well but it is a worry how they will get funded in future time. In the documentary on Don Mccullin he was lamenting the fact that fewer photographers were getting paid to do long stints somewhere and document newsworthy stories.

I agree.

It'd be a shame for magazines to die or have to move online, and some are already doing, but equally I'm not doing anything about it by buying actual hard copy magazines.

Frankly, I have enough reading material online to both sate my desire to read things and to fill the amount of free time I'm prepared to expend on reading. My interest is films (as some of you may know) and I can find a huge wealth more, more up to date, more fervently opinionated if I choose, and crucially free - information to read on that subject online than I can in magazines. I can't think of a single reason to wait one month at a time to read 30 pages-or-so worth of specified editorial content for £6 or w'ev, when I can read infinite amounts of stuff every single day about anything on the subject that catches my interest, for nothing. Which is sad and makes me nostalgic for the days when I would rush home with an issue of Fangoria or Starburst and devour every single page, but tough.


I well heart magazines and don't really like reading articles online.


I get quite excited about my national geographic arriving and sometimes experience an erection as it pops through the letterbox.

Then it's in your hands to support the blighted print media industry, I'm afraid.
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by Disastrous @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 12:50 pm

I'll try, but I think online shits will ruin it.
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by Turntable @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:03 pm

Span, that Jon Krakeur (or whatever) is also the bloke that wrote "Into Thin Air" which has become a CTF favourite. One of my favourite books. Read it
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by Turntable @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:16 pm

Good thread. From that the following article is really interesting about the diamond market and how it came to be etc

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/arc ... nd/304575/
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by span @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:17 pm

Turntable wrote:Span, that Jon Krakeur (or whatever) is also the bloke that wrote "Into Thin Air" which has become a CTF favourite. One of my favourite books. Read it

Ah that's interesting, I've heard of that.

I just read the wiki entry for the book and liked this about the TV adaptation:

"When making the related episode "King of the Hill" of The Simpsons, the show's producers called the movie producers about finding actors fluent in Nepalese. Shocked at the trouble their animated counterparts were making, the movie producers admitted their "Nepalese" was just gibberish."
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by Tumescent Acorn @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:23 pm

Hang on ... what about the June 1972 Playboy article on breast size ?!!
A classic for sure, and the accompanying photographic artistry !!!


I wonder if Playboy actually have run articles about breast size ?

Anyway magazines are nice things. Lovely big pictures printed nicely, and sometimes substantial well written articles.
Much nicer than reading stuff on a screen.

I often buy mags if I'm travelling, since they're easy to start and stop reading.
British Journal of Photography is a fave, Economist, Scientific American/Newscientist, Private eye, Classic Car thingy, Wallpaper, and a design mag I forget it's title.

I sometimes buy a completely random mag about which I know nothing to see if there is anything of interest, esp if the cover is attractive.
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Post by Turntable @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:47 pm

span wrote:"When making the related episode "King of the Hill" of The Simpsons, the show's producers called the movie producers about finding actors fluent in Nepalese. Shocked at the trouble their animated counterparts were making, the movie producers admitted their "Nepalese" was just gibberish."


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Post by thekungfury @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:23 pm

Magazines killed books for me. And in turn the internet has killed magazines.

I need my infotainment in bite sized chunks which you can consume and discard in less than 5 minutes.

On a related note I hate that bit on a plane in between the actual take off and when you are allowed to turn your iPad on.
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by span @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:33 pm

TKF wrote:
On a related note I hate that bit on a plane in between the actual take off and when you are allowed to turn your iPad on.

:D So true. I sometimes take a crossword book for that bit, like some sort of character from history.
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Re: Great Magazine Articles

Post by Disastrous @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 2:52 pm

I won't get on a plane without a magazine or an actual book.

Also, I've discovered that Kindles are immune to the switch it off ban, as you can hold them face down on your lap to pass the stewardess check, and then surreptitiously start reading.

I recently had one spot me and beetle over to stop my reading from putting the plane in jeopardy (despite it being in flight mode) and when I switched it to standby, she said "Eeeerrrrrmmm, I think you'll find it switched off more than that sir..." so I said "I'm afraid it's new and I'm not sure how to work it, perhaps you could show me how to make it more off than off?" and she fcuked off sharpish. Ha! The horrid slaaaaaag. I HATE her!
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Post by Paul H @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:56 pm

span wrote:I have had a link bookmarked for ages; it's a list of suggestions for the best magazine articles ever:
http://kk.org/cooltools/best-magazine-articles-ever

Typically the articles are really long and my attention span is brief and feeble, so I've still only read a handful, but most of those I have read have been utterly engrossing and have stuck with me. So I thought I'd share.



I've now bookmarked it too and just finished Frank Sinatra has a cold, which was excellent. Cheers span!
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Post by span @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:02 pm

Paul H wrote:
span wrote:I have had a link bookmarked for ages; it's a list of suggestions for the best magazine articles ever:
http://kk.org/cooltools/best-magazine-articles-ever

Typically the articles are really long and my attention span is brief and feeble, so I've still only read a handful, but most of those I have read have been utterly engrossing and have stuck with me. So I thought I'd share.



I've now bookmarked it too and just finished Frank Sinatra has a cold, which was excellent. Cheers span!

Brilliant - I'm delighted!

And I have an article about diamonds to read and one about playboys.
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Post by Tumescent Acorn @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:13 pm

TKF wrote:I need my infotainment in bite sized chunks which you can consume and discard in less than 5 minutes.

Not a personal dig but I found that sentence slightly depressing. Sympathetic depression for you in fact.

One of my bestest things is to sit with a book, either a novel for pleasure or something interesting work wise.
As I get a older I find more pleasure in these things than I used to, perhaps as much when I was a boy.

What I'm saying is that to balance out the stress and unhappiness of work, I'm finding simple and enduring activities give me more pleasure.
Even going for a walk - that most superficially pointless of activities - is quite nice these days.
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Post by Damien Thorn @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:29 pm

911 newbie wrote:What I'm saying is that to balance out the stress and unhappiness of work, I'm finding simple and enduring activities give me more pleasure.
Even going for a walk - that most superficially pointless of activities - is quite nice these days.

I'm with you there - my best things now are the simplest: sitting on his bed talking to my son about things before he goes to sleep, walking down the hill to feed the ducks, going to the heath for a walk through the woods and seeing how the colours change, listening to my daughter excitedly telling me about the new thing she's done at school today, realising that my wife isn't working tonight and we can catch up on our weeks so far. Mundane things, but brilliant. I don't read all that much any more, but that's because my eyes don't work very well now and I get tired, but otherwise, yes.
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Post by Tumescent Acorn @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:53 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:
911 newbie wrote:What I'm saying is that to balance out the stress and unhappiness of work, I'm finding simple and enduring activities give me more pleasure.
Even going for a walk - that most superficially pointless of activities - is quite nice these days.

I'm with you there - my best things now are the simplest: sitting on his bed talking to my son about things before he goes to sleep, walking down the hill to feed the ducks, going to the heath for a walk through the woods and seeing how the colours change, listening to my daughter excitedly telling me about the new thing she's done at school today, realising that my wife isn't working tonight and we can catch up on our weeks so far. Mundane things, but brilliant. I don't read all that much any more, but that's because my eyes don't work very well now and I get tired, but otherwise, yes.


What ? Your daughter tells you about what she did at School ?

Our lot could show the Mafia a thing or two about keeping their mouths hut.
We have to piece information together from various sources just to make sure they actually stay in school.
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Post by Boo @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:24 pm

Disastrous wrote:I won't get on a plane without a magazine or an actual book.

Also, I've discovered that Kindles are immune to the switch it off ban, as you can hold them face down on your lap to pass the stewardess check, and then surreptitiously start reading.

I recently had one spot me and beetle over to stop my reading from putting the plane in jeopardy (despite it being in flight mode) and when I switched it to standby, she said "Eeeerrrrrmmm, I think you'll find it switched off more than that sir..." so I said "I'm afraid it's new and I'm not sure how to work it, perhaps you could show me how to make it more off than off?" and she fcuked off sharpish. Ha! The horrid slaaaaaag. I HATE her!

:D

I think the internet has killed magazines for me.
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Post by Pigeon @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:59 pm

The internet is only a substitute for magazines which aren't interesting enough to be worth spending money on.

All electronic versions of magazines are shite. Some of them are PDFs in which the images have been over-compressed and have coloured bands and other artefacts all over them. Some of them are websites which take forever to load and only provide pics which are a quarter of the size of the paper version and are fcuked up with stupid crap like animated page turning effects which achieve precisely fcuk all apart from making it even more slow and awkward. Some of them are downloadable things which as well as having all the same problems as the websites require the installation of some horrible shit like Adobe Air to make them work. Some of them are downloadable things which only work on pointless expensive shite devices and require endless fcuking around to extract the content and make it work on the PC. Some of them find different ways to be a cnut. All of them share the same characteristic of providing lower quality image content than the paper version and making it a pain in the fcuking arse to read it.

It would be much better if they were coded like this...

Code: Select all
<div>
<p>
text of the article
</p><p>
more text of the article
</p><p>
etc.
</p>
</div>
<div>
<a href="fullsizeimage1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="thumbnail1.jpg" alt="Thumbnail image: dog's cock"></a>
<a href="fullsizeimage2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="thumbnail2.jpg" alt="Thumbnail image: razzle stack in closeup"></a>
</div>


...which would be simple, fast, work on anything, and not involve any fcuking about. But there would still be the problem that you don't get a physical object to keep and that any electronic thing is more awkward to read than a paper thing. Especially when you haven't got any electricity.
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Post by Käsemeister @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:28 pm

Pigeon wrote:All electronic versions of magazines are shite. Some of them are PDFs in which the images have been over-compressed and have coloured bands and other artefacts all over them. Some of them are websites which take forever to load and only provide pics which are a quarter of the size of the paper version and are fcuked up with stupid crap like animated page turning effects which achieve precisely fcuk all apart from making it even more slow and awkward. Some of them are downloadable things which as well as having all the same problems as the websites require the installation of some horrible shit like Adobe Air to make them work. Some of them are downloadable things which only work on pointless expensive shite devices and require endless fcuking around to extract the content and make it work on the PC. Some of them find different ways to be a cnut. All of them share the same characteristic of providing lower quality image content than the paper version and making it a pain in the fcuking arse to read it.


Things like National Geographic or the like are sensational on the iPad.
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Post by Disastrous @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:44 pm

Käsemeister wrote:
Pigeon wrote:All electronic versions of magazines are shite. Some of them are PDFs in which the images have been over-compressed and have coloured bands and other artefacts all over them. Some of them are websites which take forever to load and only provide pics which are a quarter of the size of the paper version and are fcuked up with stupid crap like animated page turning effects which achieve precisely fcuk all apart from making it even more slow and awkward. Some of them are downloadable things which as well as having all the same problems as the websites require the installation of some horrible shit like Adobe Air to make them work. Some of them are downloadable things which only work on pointless expensive shite devices and require endless fcuking around to extract the content and make it work on the PC. Some of them find different ways to be a cnut. All of them share the same characteristic of providing lower quality image content than the paper version and making it a pain in the fcuking arse to read it.


Things like National Geographic or the like are sensational on the iPad.



Agree. I like the paper one because it means time out on the shitter, but the quality of the imagery on the e-version and the rich media content is superb.
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Post by thekungfury @ Thu Oct 03, 2013 9:50 pm

911 newbie wrote:
TKF wrote:I need my infotainment in bite sized chunks which you can consume and discard in less than 5 minutes.

Not a personal dig but I found that sentence slightly depressing. Sympathetic depression for you in fact.

None taken.

Trust me I appreciate the simpler things in life. Driving at 3am. Slicing lemons. Daughter farting. Jean pocket forgotten tenner. Surprise cleavage. Chilly mornings. First sip. etc.

However I don't find as much time to read thousands of words at one time. On holiday I can devour books back to back but normally it takes me weeks, sometimes months to finish a novel.
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