What are your favorite news sources (whether on- or offline), and why?

I prefer to get my news from actual, physical magazines in the mail — yes, still! Yes, really! This is mostly because I work online and I don’t want to look at a screen during my leisure hours. It’s also because magazines have longer articles with more depth and detail, and I read more thoroughly when reading an actual, physical object than on a screen, where I tend to skim, which I hear is normal. I also read hardcopies much faster than I do online articles, which I hear is very unusual.

Anyway, I tend to change up the publications I subscribe to every year, because I’m never really satisfied with any of them. I pretty much always subscribe to The New Yorker, and imagine I always will. But other than that, I go back and forth. Currently, I subscribe to The Week, and I enjoy Harper’s most of the time. And a few subscriptions that I am probably letting lapse because I don’t get much out of them anymore — The Nation, Mother Jones, The Atlantic. At this point, it seems like I’ve kind of gone through all magazines that…exist.

I don’t have a TV and I can’t focus on audio so podcasts and NPR are out. Physical newspapers are too expensive. So I’m starting to turn back to online news sources again, but it’s been so long since I read any political sites, I don’t even know what’s out there anymore (other than Talking Points Memo).

What should I check out? And are there any print publications I’ve missed that I should read? (Note: I’m a lefty if that’s not obvious, so The National Review and similar recommendations, while welcome, will likely not be taken.)


  1. Pete says:

    I ran across this: awhile ago and I think it might fit your criteria. I haven’t really read the mag, but I skimmed the site and added an article to my Instapaper.


    1. Elizabeth says:

      Thanks! I hadn’t heard of that one, and it does look like something I might like.


  2. T E Stazyk says:

    A huge challenge because the news in any form is usually depressing and either tells me too much or too little. I am trying to find non-ideological news (a term which should be an oxymoron but isn’t) with no luck.


    1. Elizabeth says:

      I’ve given up on that. Now I just want to read publications that are at least up front about their ideology.


  3. Chris says:

    If you want a newspaper subscription, you can use your miles to order a subscription from the airline’s website.

    I’m also looking to change up my subscriptions, which are virtually identical to your own. I’ve heard good things about


    1. Elizabeth says:

      Yeah, my aunt mentioned that about the newspapers the other day — I didn’t realize you could do that, and it’s not a bad idea seeing as how I will apparently never be able to accrue enough miles for a ticket.

      And that’s another publication I hadn’t heard of – thanks!!


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