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The Atlantic Makes Us Happy On Several Levels Today

Sup friends? Welcome to Thursdays, welcome to magazines, etc. Today it’s INTERN’S CHOICE, as it is your Intern Juli’s last day here at Wonkette (for the time being??)—and of course, with respect to our current understandings of the terms “Intern”, “Juli” and “Wonkette.” Cliff-hanger! Anyway: back to the Atlantic, which is your Intern’s Choice, because they’ve published another one of their famous Let’s Do Something Zeitgeisty! Issues. And the centrifugal force powering our round table today? Happiness. Read more on The Atlantic Makes Us Happy On Several Levels Today…
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Dissent Hasn’t Forgotten About Iraq Like Some Of Us (Looking At You, Everyone In America)

Hey and welcome to Thursday, a day for magazines! So, speaking of welcomes, remember Iraq? We were “welcomed” there in 2003 or thereabouts, right after—and because of?!—9/11. Turns out we liked it so much over there we never left. Ha ha. Well, to be fair, Dissent is still in an Iraq Of The Mind, what with their Spring 2009 Young Hollywood Iraq Package. Let’s invade it! Read more on Dissent Hasn’t Forgotten About Iraq Like Some Of Us (Looking At You, Everyone In America)…
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Slate

Slate! That’s technically a magazine. Yes, yes, magazine by a hair. Okay, here we go, let’s take a look at which articles this week everyone will be referencing in conversation as if they did not just about read these things in Slate. As in: Q: “Oh, did you know so-and-so fun fact about so-and-so marginal aspect of bee-keeping or children’s literature or the economy of Idaho or whatever?” A: “Yes, yes. In fact, bee-keeping or children’s literature or the economy of Idaho is currently experiencing this sort of trend and here is an unconventional rationale regarding why everything will eventually be fine!” Knowledge! Read more on What We Talk About When We Talk About Slate…
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Seizing The Nation’s “Pirates And Their Environs” Issue

Hey and welcome back to Thursday, but more urgently, welcome back to Magazines. (Last week there was a highly frustrating situation involving your Wonkette intern’s personal computer, sunflower seed shells, and several failed technologies.) But no matter: onwards to The Nation., which you’ll recall has been on our radar since that time we had to talk about The American Prospect as if we wanted to do that all along. Now, however, the time has come to read The Nation, which despite running a full two (2) articles on pirates have decided to go with a Rupert Murdoch meta cover image instead of, oh, I don’t know, actual pirates attacking ships? Read more on Seizing The Nation’s “Pirates And Their Environs” Issue…
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Quick Studies: The Best of Taco Talk, Vol. 165

Last week was learningsy, hm? Synopsis: we talked about Foreign Affairs and explored some important theories about colonialism and its most nefarious agent: the Mercator projection. Such the fun! This week it’s on to bigger and better: namely, Taco Talk, the in-house monthly of the DC restaurant California Tortilla. Taco Talk, or “TT” as it was called with a distinctly pejorative inflection in certain neoconservative circles, was founded in 1934 as the premier journal of the anti-Stalinist left. Come, let us take a look. Read more on Quick Studies: The Best of Taco Talk, Vol. 165…
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An Affair To Remember

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means: time to read a magazine, you and me! Let’s see, let’s see, how about Foreign Affairs? That’s appropriately capital-i Important and relatively low-profile. Like their pioneers-of-capitalism friends over at the American Prospect, Foreign Affairs charges you if you want to read the “premium” articles. But we’re not going to be reading anything “premium” today, as that would be disrespectful and insensitive to Our Times. Still, to read the pieces, you’re going to have to register, which only costs 2 seconds of time and zero recession dollars. And then voila, you are a registered user of Foreign Affairs—a real intellylechual like Nate Silver or whatever. Read more on An Affair To Remember…
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TAP You’re It

So the hope for today was to talk about The Nation. And I assure you, there would have been winning remarks about that dumb period in its name. But unfortunately, The Nation is not all the way on the Internet yet, and since we all have German history discussion sections to head off to, or the equivalent thereof, and god even knows when The Nation. will finally show up, now we have to talk about The American Prospect. TAP is all well and good, except many of the articles require your money, but we’re only going to be talking about those that don’t so DON’T WORRY. Read more on TAP You’re It…
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Mother Jones’ Food Issue Doesn’t Even Have Any Recipes

Mother Jones! So zeitgeisty now, what with the two ASME nods. Way 2 go! The most recent issue is all about food, which means it’s actually mostly about environmentalism. Let’s see here, Mother Jones takes a few things—farms, college cafeterias, Obama’s cabinet—and asks how these things can be “improved”, which in politically informed foodie-speak means roughly “more ecologically and economically sound” as opposed to “tastier.” Here are some brief sketches of a few of these recipes (!!) for improvement.  Read more on Mother Jones’ Food Issue Doesn’t Even Have Any Recipes…
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Commenting On Commentary, With A Denby Cameo Because Of Course

Let’s look at Commentary magazine, the famous neocon rag now edited by John Podhoretz, who can be easily analogized to Bill Kristol, I guess, for having a much more intelligent and talented father and then sort of soiling the family legacy in the name of pride and stupidity. Or hey, for a more zeitgeist-y example Ms. Meghan McCain is also a good comparison. So, John “Blogette” Podhoretz is the Meghan McCain in this situation and Commentary is his monthly Twitter. What has Meghan Podhoretz been tweeting about as of late? Foreign policy, the economy, and, what’s this, long-time New Yorker intern David Denby, whose first foray into cultural relevance has been an unmitigated disaster. Read more on Commenting On Commentary, With A Denby Cameo Because Of Course…
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Reviewing The New York Review

Well, well, let’s take a look-see at the New York Review of Books. There’s some political stuff in here, yes? Sure there is. Besides, in a few months, the only magazines left in America will be a receipt for rice and dried fruit, and even that will be probably be a blog, and owned by Tina Brown. And plus, Steve Coll, a member of the original cast from last week’s magazine discussion, has returned. Read more on Reviewing The New York Review…
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A Discussion About The New Yorker, Entirely Devoid Of He Who Must Not Be Fact-Checked

Let’s turn an eye toward the New Yorker, a popular New York-based magazine that sometimes has a passable amount to do with DC and politics, making it a-okay for this, “the DC gossip.” Plus, as you may have heard, certain New Yorker staff writers have been turning a bemonocoled eye towards your Wonkette, and you know, an eye for an eye, etc. So, let’s go through all the relevant stuff in here, yes? Read more on A Discussion About The New Yorker, Entirely Devoid Of He Who Must Not Be Fact-Checked…
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Traversing The Atlantic

Let’s see what the boys at the Atlantic have cooked up for us this month, in the magazine’s March issue. There’s war, and the economy, and Christianity—timeless subjects, all! There’s also Christopher Hitchens, trying to one-up Adam Gopnik the only way he knows how: by writing disparaging remarks in Sharpie on his face. Read more on Traversing The Atlantic…
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The Washington Monthly Recommends Books And Trains To Obama

Gather ye rosebuds everyone, it’s time to read a magazine, as is our long-standing Thursday afternoon tradition. Let’s see, let’s see. How about The Washington Monthly, which has proudly resisted becoming in any way trendy since its inception. Come now, let’s take a look inside and maybe figure out why. (Early guess: nearly every article title is a pun?) Read more on The Washington Monthly Recommends Books And Trains To Obama…
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Getting The New Republic Over With

It was only a matter of time before the The New Republic stopped being an inevitability in this little feature. Well, the time has come—just one week in! Let’s take a look what worthwhile things are afoot in these storied pages this week, for our new feature, Thursdays Are For Magazines. Read more on Getting The New Republic Over With…
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Like Every Person In America Did This January, ‘Stop Smiling’ Visits DC

Hey welcome to this thing that’s going to start happening on Thursdays! It’s a special Friday edition of “Thursdays Are For Magazines,” in which Wonkette will be reading a different political or DC magazine each week and reviewing its contents, in fun capsule-list form. Read more on Like Every Person In America Did This January, ‘Stop Smiling’ Visits DC…