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A magazine is a periodical publication containing a variety of articles on various subjects.

Magazines are typically published weekly, biweekly, monthly, or quarterly, with a date on the cover that is in advance of the date it is actually published. They are often printed in color on coated paper.

Magazines usually have articles on popular topics of interest to the general public and are written at the reading level of most of the population. An academic periodical featuring scholarly articles written in a more specialist register is usually called a "journal." "Periodical" is the word usually used to describe magazines, journals, newspapers, newsletters, and anything else that is published in regular intervals for an indefinite period of time, but "Serial" is sometimes used, especially in librarianship.

Many weekend newspapers now incorporate magazine supplements with a magazine-like format.

The Gentleman's Magazine, first published in 1731, is considered to be the first general-interest magazine. The oldest magazine still in print is The Scots Magazine, which was first published in 1739. The most widely distributed magazine in the world is Reader's Digest (founded in 1922). Its worldwide circulation including all editions has reached 21 million copies and over 100 million readers. The Watchtower is the most widely distributed religious magazine in the world, with an average circulation of 26.4 million copies semimonthly in more than 150 languages. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magazine [Feb 2005]

Literary magazine

A literary magazine is a periodical devoted to literature in a broad sense. Literary magazines usually publish short stories, poetry and essays along with literary criticism, book reviews, biographical profiles of authors, interviews, and letters. Literary magazines are often called literary journals, or little magazines, which is not meant as a pejorative but instead as a contrast with larger commercially oriented magazines. In general, literary magazines function as a sort of literary nursery for writers by publishing new works by authors who are not yet established or well known. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_magazine [Aug 2005]

Underground press of the 1960s

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“Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one” - A.J. Liebling

The phrase underground press, especially underground newspapers (or simply underground papers) is, these days, most often used in reference to the print media associated with the countercultural movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s, although publishers of those journals had borrowed the name from previous underground presses such as the Dutch underground press during the Nazi occupations of the 1940s. The French resistance also published an underground press and prisoners of war (POWs) published an underground newspaper called Pow wow.

The underground press in the 60s and 70s existed in most countries with advanced economies and freedom of the press; similar publications existed to a lesser in some developing countries and as part of the samizdat movement in the communist states, notably Czechoslovakia. Typically weeklies, monthlies, or even "occasionals", and usually associated with left-wing politics, they evolved on the one hand into today's alternative weeklies and on the other into zines. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_press [Jan 2005]

Serial in fiction

Serial in fiction is a term used to describe any story which is told over a number of separate instalments. This can be different chapters of a prose story published in each weekly issue of a magazine, a series of films with a continuing story or - in its most common contemporary form - a television production with a continuing story made up of several episodes. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial [Feb 2005]

Mid 1800s: first serials

In the mid-nineteenth century magazines publishing short stories and serials began to be popular. Some of them were more respectable, while others were referred to by the derogatory name of penny dreadfuls. In 1844 Alexandre Dumas published a novel The Three Musketeers (Les Trois Mousquetaires) and wrote The Count of Monte Cristo which was published in installments over the next two years. William Makepeace Thackeray published The Luck of Barry Lyndon. In Britain Charles Dickens published several of his books in installments in magazines: The Pickwick Papers, followed, in the next few years, by Oliver Twist (1837-1839), Nicholas Nickleby (1838-1839), The Old Curiosity Shop (1840-1841), Barnaby Rudge (1841), A Christmas Carol (1843) and Martin Chuzzlewit (1843-1844). In America a version of the penny dreadful became popularly known as a dime novel. In the dime novels the reputations of gunfighters and other wild west heroes or villains were created or exaggerated. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_literature:_Modern_literature#The_middle_of_the_century [Feb 2005]

Lifestyle magazine

  1. Wallpaper [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION] [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    Wallpaper* is the world's global style magazine covering architecture, industrial design, entertainment and travel. Targeting an international readership of savvy opinion leaders. Wallpaper* is dedicated to delivering all the information that will help you engineer a better life. --From the Publisher

    The i-D magazine was described by its founder and chief editor, Terry Jones, as "a link between a menu and a diary". It has begun when he, definitely, started thinking that the street culture was more interesting than the conventional fashion world and gave up his place of art director at British Vogue. see also ID-Magazine

  3. Face Magazine[MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION] [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    A UK Style & Music Publication Since 1980
    see also Face magazine

Design magazine

  1. Domus [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION] [Magazine, Amazon US]
    Always hungry for new information, I once spent an entire year going to the library in the evening, after work, to read back issues of the Italian Domus Magazine. This is how I discovered many a great designer and the Clinica Barraquer (a hospital with a dark and moody art deco interior) in Barcelona. The website to Domus magazine is for registered users only. Unfortunately they ask way too much personal information so I decided against subscribing. The magazine itself does not come cheap, but if you can afford it you will be in for a monthly visual treat. www.domusweb.it [...]

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