book recommendations. For people not exactly willing to tackle 300 pages at a
time, leafing through a magazine is a solid alternative. While newsstands are
usually stocked with American or British publications, there are some impressive
Canadian magazines that don’t get their due share of the spotlight, perhaps
because of a shrinking industry.
Here, I’ll briefly review two publications that I think make for worthy reads.
The Walrus: In many ways, The Walrus is Canada’s highest quality magazine.
It provides the type of long-form, narrative journalism found in American
publications like The New Yorker and Harper’s, while still maintaining a balance
of Canadian sensibilities. It has a comfortable distribution of fact and fiction;
each issue contains at least a few short stories and poems. The topics discussed
are usually rather weighty and thoroughly researched. The only downside? It
publishes infrequently, only 10 issues per year. http://walrusmagazine.ca
This Magazine: A staple on the Canadian political scene, This Magazine has
proven to be an excellent breeding ground for up and coming young journalists.
The writing is simple and to the point, the stories are relevant and topical. It is
very clearly a left-leaning publication, but takes great pains to be representative
of the broader Canadian electorate, as its diverse roster of contributors suggests.