Magazines are also important for us to spot cultural trends. When Philosophy Now features matryoshkas on their cover, you know they are part of the current zeitgeist. We've still got a nice selection in the store.
I've been asking Sharon to beef up some of our categories, and though we're not likely to go back to the near-zero margin foreign weeklies (even I have my limits), we have brought in a few new titles that are selling pretty well. If I play my cards right, Sharon may write some of this up in The Boswellians.
Here are Paste's Top 20 Magazines of 2010. You can read more on their website.
1. New York
2. The Economist
6. The New Yorker
8. The Atlantic
9. The Believer
11. The Week
12. Mental Floss
14. Bon Appetit
15. Texas Monthly
19. Garden and Gun
Sadly, we don't stock Texas Monthly. I'm also not sure about Garden and Gun. But we did start carrying New York.
Why isn't Bitch on this list? The illustrations are fantastic, particularly the new ones from artist Kristopher Pollard (illlustration above to the right). We've still got the issue with his work--if you are his friend, you should buy it, you know. It's pretty much obligatory.
I'm hoping Mr. Pollard will design our spring 2011 tee shirt. And yes, we've still got Aaron Boyd's fishy tee in stock.
Oh good, I tried to sell some stuff after all.