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This Week in Magazines

This Week in Magazines: Drive-Through Mastectomies and Glenn Beck Gives Us Some Tongue

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

It's perfectly fitting that cable shouter Glenn Beck stuck out his tongue for the Sept. 28 Time. It nicely captures the intellectually- underwhelming, angst-ridden media phenomenon.

This Week in Magazines: Two Different Ways of Remembering Michael

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Adoring Michael Jackson fans, and their many journalistic enablers, will gag over a stinging critique in the Aug. 13 New York Review of Books, a high-brow publication not likely to be found by their beds.

This Week in Magazines: If Your Yoga Class Mandates Bowing 3,000 Times During the Night, Consider Tennis or Golf

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

If you're into yoga, you might want to skip "Body, Brain and Wallet" in the Aug. 3 Forbes.

This Week in Magazines: Vanity Fair Tries to Figure Out Symbols of the New Sophistication

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

If people turn to Kindles and iPods, rather than showing off what books they're reading or what albums they've collected, what will be the emblems of the high-brow?

This Week in Magazines: If The Economy is Driving You to Drink...

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

If the economy is driving you to drink, head to Trader Joe's for the Two Buck Chuck, then check "Drink Up -- The Rise of Really Cheap Wine" in the New Yorker.

This Week in Magazines: Are Computer Hackers the Pentagon's Real Threat?

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

It's not as sexy as trying to save Chrysler, but the government is trying to save defense contractors from a peril as great as lousy car sales -- slimeball computer hackers.

This Week in Magazines: Which Promises Has Obama Really Kept?

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

It's almost over. Just a few more days. Then, no more chatter about President Obama's first 100 days.

This Week in Magazines: A Remarkably Resilient Progressive Turns 100, Eliot Spitzer Gropes to Turn a Corner

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Newsweek has the most vivid rollout so far of Spitzer's obvious image rehab -- he goes jogging around Central Park with a reporter as his shame and ego continue their internal battle.

This Week in Magazines: Where Have All the Christians Gone? How Corporate America's Self-Interest May Trump Concern with Drugs and Guns in Mexico, Katha Pollitt Critiques the Michelle Obama Critiques

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Katha Pollitt has had about enough of the amateur psychoanalyzing of Michelle Obama, as well as those who seem somehow threatened, even by her bare arms.

This Week in Magazines: A Jihad on Behalf of Usury Laws, An "Idiot's Guide to Pakistan," and The Agenda for K Street's Trout Lobbyists

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Geithner and Summers don't mention ancient Babylonia in addressing the financial crisis. But Chicago attorney Thomas Geoghegan sure does in Harper's "Infinite Debt."

This Week in Magazines: Is the "End of Excess" Near? Why Krugman is Pissed at Obama, and Why the Death of Newspapers Won't Harm Democracy

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Time proclaims that the "end of excess" is upon us, and Jack Shafer at Slate disagrees that vibrant daily newspapers are important to democracy.

This Week in Magazines: A Big Shot Journalist Vents at Being Lied to 20 Years Ago

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Journalists crave access, even if it often means access to get lied to, especially in Washington. But deceit plays out across the media spectrum.

This Week in Magazines: Recession Special

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

If even Jim Cramer cuts Treasury Secretary Geithner some slack, perhaps there is bonafide hope for our most influential tax evaders' plan to save the economy.

This Week in Magazines: Cybercrime, Financial Aristocrats and Snakes

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

So what kind of guy is engaged to Uma Thurman, is a magnanimous patron of charities, and is proof that, if born with a huge silver spoon in your mouth, you can still do good while doing well?

This Week in Magazines: Fear and Shopping

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Magazines are awash with our fear- and debt-ridden mess, with lots of profiles of key players -- and then there's ShopSmart, a wonderful potpourri of smart consumerism.

This Week in Magazines: Inauguration, Infidelity, and Vogue

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

In the inauguration battle between the big newsweeklies, Time kicks butt with great photos, while Newsweek wins the war of words by being sharper and, at times, more provocative.

This Week in Magazines -- Michelle Obama, Extreme Weather and The Grateful Dead

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

The 24-7 Obamamania is upon us and, you'd do well to check very different and generally sober looks at the sure-to-be-self-assured first lady, Michelle Obama.

This Week in Magazines: Online Dating, Erupting Volcanoes and Dick Cheney

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Folks, Smart Money's got real news you can use, namely, "Ten Things Your Online Dating Service Won't Tell You."

This Week in Magazines -- Middle East Mayhem, Gagging Conservatives and Vicki Iseman's Side

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Despite the difficulty for journalists in reporting on the latest mess in Gaza, given onerous press restrictions, it's an obvious topic for many magazines, with most suggesting more reason for fatalism.

This Week in Magazines: Vick's Dogs, Katrina's Race War, and Tight Abs for the New Year

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Michael Vick, a scummy pro football quarterback, has improbably inspired an uplifting New Year's odyssey, according to this week's Sports Illustrated.

This Week in Magazines: Sex, Cars, and Malcolm Gladwell

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

If you inexplicably found any of those auto guys arousing in a more primal way, a leading news magazine suggests that "the quality of a man's sperm depends on how intelligent he is, and vice versa."

This Week in Magazines: Fixing Schools, Money, and the World

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

One shouldn't even wonder why the Obama's didn't go through the motions of visiting a public school, Fareed Zakaria's article could be used as a job application, and Money's superior counsel.

This Week in Magazines: Tone Deaf Republicans, Rock Stars, and Subprime Wolves

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

It's unclear whether the GOP will convince itself that its panacea is a plug-in hybrid of a politician, and here's a question to jumpstart a boring dinner party: why don't we take perfumes seriously?

This Week in Magazines: Obama's Tough Calls, Real Missions for James Bond, and the Sex-Subprime Scandal

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

It's pretty unclear if the latest version of Bond could handle Foreign Policy's "The List: Five Real Missions for 007." Back in the real world, here's what I'd love a secret agent to do.

This Week in Magazines: Obama-Mania

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Not all's lost for the Republicans: John McCain apparently took the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Algeria according to the Economist's Global Electoral College poll.