• Cosmopolitan
    The frenulum, the raphe, the ticki-bicki -- one of these is NOT an area on a man's body that can be stimulated for extra-credit "erotic excitement," according to the June issue of Cosmopolitan. Can you guess which it is?
  • MaryJanesFarm
    When the Kardashian-Jenner family got chickens on an episode of the E! reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," I watched with fascination. After reading about Martha Stewart's well-heeled Bantams and their marvelous chicken coop, it's always been a secret fantasy of mine to keep chickens. Things didn't go so well for the Kardashians, but they might have been a little more prepared if Kris had picked up a copy of MaryJanesFarm.
  • Dog Fancy
    There are few things on Earth I love more than my dog. But for all my puppy love, I have never picked up a copy of Dog Fancy. Yes, Dog Fancy, the canine equivalent to that ubiquitous publishing punchline, Cat Fancy. Personally, I never knew it existed, and a wildly informal survey of other magazine-reading people reveals that neither has anyone else. Turns out the two launched just five years apart -- Cat Fancy in 1965 and Dog Fancy in 1970 -- so why is one so well-known and the other obscure? I have my theories....
  • Cottage Living
    The homes in Cottage Living are not rugged lean-tos. They are bona fide primary digs, slick enough and sometimes expensive enough to foster envy in us all. This issue had a special "Green Life" section. Green is the color du jour of the eco-conscious, which counts reasonable people everywhere. Hello! Living simply does not mean owning five homes and four SUVs. Why do urbanites drive these monsters? The Upper East Side is not the Rockies; since when do you need a car to scale mountains of social indifference?
  • Battle Of The Gossip Rags: Us Vs. In Touch
    Seems like gossip rags now exist primarily as a market for the paparazzi -- a theory suggested by the many remarkably similar photos in the May 12 issues of Us and In Touch. Both mags show Natalie Portman walking with her surgical-cone-wearing dog, before- and during-pregnancy head shots of Nicole Kidman, and -- hey, you can't have too many pix of Danny DeVito shopping for new eyeglasses, can you?
  • Organic Gardening
    Even though I'm a longtime dedicated urban gardener, I must confess to not being a regular subscriber to most of the genre's many magazines. While they supply brilliant eye candy, the truth is I'd rather spend my wee bit of free time digging in the dirt rather than reading about it. I do read about gardening online when I have a problem or a specific question, and often find myself on the wonderfully informative Organic Gardening Web site. So when the magazine paired with my favorite organic yogurt company (Stonyfield Farm) earlier this year and offered a free subscription, I ...
  • Writer's Digest
    There are few creatures on earth more easily exploited than the aspiring writer. And I'm not talking here about the genuine article, the budding scribe just out of college with a useless degree but the talent to make a career of it. I'm talking about your social worker friend who's perpetually twelve pages into a novella about her cat, the people you'd feel bad for laughing at if there were a literary version of "American Idol." But instead of Paula Abdul, aspiring writers have Writer's Digest to provide their unqualified encouragement. You too can be a published author! This is ...
  • Northwest
    If, like Northwest's readers, you yearn for "land, give me land, under starry skies above," you've come to the right place. The bimonthly is divided into various sections, including "Vine & Brew," "Nature," "Plant Life" and "NW Appetite." Here's a little known factoid: Chili peppers are three times richer in vitamin C than oranges. These and other nature insights are a Northwest specialty, which puts a premium on outdoor life in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, Alaska and Montana. Though the stories aren't compelling nature writing, but they are informative.
  • Fast Company
    Guess the source of this sentence: "Here's something you probably don't know about the Internet: Simply by designing your product the right way, you can build a billion-dollar business from scratch." Is this: a) The latest spam in your inbox; b) The voiceover of your fantasy about Google's takeover of your company; c) None of the above. The correct answer is "c." The sentence actually starts the cover article in May's Fast Company -- a piece that has already been widely trashed as puffery on social network company Ning.
  • Mother Earth News Homes: Guide To Affordable And Sustainable Building
    I bought the fifth annual homes-oriented special edition of Mother Earth News with the hopes of being inspired to put my money where my earthy-crunchy mouth is and tackle some home renovation projects with an eye toward what is good for the planet. I was not disappointed. The issue is full of all levels of projects, from the simple "I can do that, sure" to the truly intimidating, but awe-inspiring, major-lifestyle shifts (think solar water heater).