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read thisKarin Dibling

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One of my go-to places for magazine-chat is Monocle's weekly radio show/podcast called The Stack. If you aren't familiar, they sit down with someone from the world of magazines and chat about the state magazine publishing today. They also have short features, and go through selections from a stack of magazines brought in by the guest - thus the title.

This week's episode has a feature on a current favorite of mine, Pallet! If I haven't yet introduced you to this marvel, it's tag line is 'a Journal for People who Like to Think and Drink', which I would suggest describes many of my customers, as well as myself. Published by the folks behind Dogfish Head beer (which explains all the beer adverts!), but it isn't about beer so much as that beer infiltrates the stories within. It seems especially fitting for a town like Portland, where we have brewpubs or bottle shops on every corner not filled by coffee... While it may feel like summer this weekend, rain is just around the corner, so come on down and grab a copy of this one, while I still have, um, a stack of them available. Ha!

The World in Print

On the ShelvesKarin Dibling

Hello Readers!

Magazines are a great way to get a glimpse of the wonders in our world. Each publication is a curated collection of sights and people, a window into another culture. My current selection has a bunch of gorgeous and interesting items. Let's take a look at just a few!

The Escapist: A Journal of Places Less Explored

Summer 2016,


This publication is by Monocle. They do a few special editions annually, and the summer edition covers travel, as only Monocle can. They visit a handful of great cities that they feel haven't had the coverage they deserve, diving into the culture, shopping, and neighborhoods to find out what makes them vibrant. This issue the cities include Buffalo NY, Hanoi Vietnam, and Brno in the Czech Republic. Throw in a few interesting essays, some reportage, say on Portugal's navy, and their picks for restaurants and cafes, and you have something interesting on every page. Typical Monocle.

The Collective Quarterly

Issue 4: Pisgah


There is a trend right now among the indies, with a good deal of new publications with a travel focus where each issue goes in depth into one place or region. Boat does the locals, Drift does coffee.

Collective Quartely is a new publication that delves into a place's people, and what they call the 'essence' of the place. This is issue 4, and they visit the region around Asheville NC. The mountains contain an abundance of stories, from back-to-the-landers, to the Cherokees who never left, to craftspeople and 'city' folk and hippies who reside in Asheville. 

It is a beautiful 'slow journalism' sort of publication, hefty and packed with interesting stories, and tons of photography. Well worth your time. 

Victory Journal

Issue 11: Body & Soul

Bi-Annual, $16.00

There is nothing 'usual' about this publication. It is sports, but there aren't any scores. It is photography, but printed on what is effectively newsprint. And it is huge - at 1 1/2 feet high and a foot wide, it is certainly one of the largest publications I carry. But all that space gives them room to do justice to the beautiful imagery and stories covered within the pages. What you get is photo-essays, with introductory essays, on everything from a French Judo master to the ballet dancer Misty Copeland, the Green Bay Packers fanbase to Joe Montana and Tiger Balm. Interesting all the way through, no matter the sport, because it is really about the people. 

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A Fresh Face for The City Reader!

UpdatesKarin Dibling

Hello Readers!

If you are regular visitors to my site, you may notice that there have been some changes recently. I have 'digitally' moved - welcome to my new website! Please take a look around: peek into all the rooms, see where I have put things in my new space.

On the Newsstand is a new addition. This is where I will feature some of the new and cool stuff that is arriving. And of course this blog, A Modern Newsstand, will be where to come for my insights, reviews and general commentary. 

I hope you like it!

There have been a few changes around the stand, as well! Koi Fusion, my neighbor, has left the building. Their last day was Sunday, August 7. The new occupant, Eb & Bean Frozen Yogurt, will be along this fall.

On a smaller note, I have a freshly painted logo on my sidewalk sign. Take a look next time you are in the area. It is spiffy! 

The new site is the beginning of some exciting things I have planned; stay tuned! 

Oh,  and Keep Reading!