Good journalism takes the reader on a well-researched journey that can be in turns thought provoking, frustrating, entertaining and informative. Here are a few things on the shelves right now that are capturing my eye:
The New Yorker: This week's issue has a long, fabulously engrossing piece on Anthony Bourdain, and a shorter essay checking in on the newly opened Second Avenue Subway, in the making for either nearly 100 years or ten, depending on when you start counting. Feb. 13 & 20, 2017, $8.99
Wired: The new issue arrived yesterday, with a very timely cover: The News in Crisis. The feature includes articles on how the New York Times is moving into the future, a profile of Blavity, a media company run by, and aimed at, black millennials, and a look inside the fake news coming from Veles, a town in Macedonia. March, $6.99
The Nation: If you are up for a little purely Leftist politics, they have several articles on the Trump family: one on Ivanka and her relationship with her father and his work, and another comparing Jared Kushner's family immigration story to others, including the author's own, and how today's immigrants are facing a situation so very similar to the Jews trying to flee the Holocaust. Feb. 20, 2017, $4.99
Monocle: I have received issue 100! Appropriately, they take a look not only where they have been, but where they are headed (next issue expect to see some changes!). Editor in Chief Tyler Brule has reflections in both the front and back of the issue, and alongside the usual contents, this being the first issue in 2017, they do a bit of forward-looking as well. Of interest this issue, a furniture workshop in a city devastated in the Japanese earthquake of 2011, and where the spies go for their information. February 2017, $12.00
Finally, Rolling Stone: They talk to John Oliver this week. Oh, boy, that ought to be good! Feb. 23 / Mar. 9 2017, $6.99
That's it for now. Keep reading!