Required skimming: boutique mags

Quirky semi-annuals with penchants for style and design

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions. If we overlooked any of your must-read destinations, please tell us in the comments.

Local Quarterly: Featuring a sleek design bedecked with sharp photographs, each issue includes stories about off-the-beaten-path American towns overlooked by the mainstream press. Most recently? Jersey Shore, PA.

Perdiz: Barcelona-based Perdiz magazine concerns itself with one idea: things that make people happy. You’ll be happy to know it has an English edition.

Cabinet: A grab bag of highbrow content, endorsed by Slavoj Zizek.

Creative Review: For more than 30 years, it’s been the go-to source for the best in design and the visual arts.

Port: Maybe the most mainstream mag of its kind, this two-year-old quarterly for men established its cultural cred early on by plastering Daniel Day-Lewis on the cover of its first issue.

The Gentlewoman: Forget Cosmopolitan. With cover models like Angela Lansbury and Adele, this minimalist review aims to show “the way women actually look, think, and dress.”

Anorak: Want your kid to be the next Einstein? Turn off the Mozart and hand them the latest copy of Anorak. It’s as if the staff of McSweeney’s hijacked Highlights magazine.

Put A Egg On It: This “digest-sized” biannual serves up a tongue-in-cheek take not only on food, but also on the communal act of eating. Of note are the photo essays of dinner parties in every issue.

Noble Rot: It’s only in its second issue, but Noble Rot is already aging well. The artsy indie zine will transform hipsters into winos faster than you can find out what “noble rot” actually means.

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