New Magazine Subscriptions: Part 2

In last month’s New Magazine Subscription: Part 1 we explored some fresh new titles hitting our magazine shelves, covering everything from dogs to military history. An eclectic mix of new titles keep coming! Here are several more subscriptions that have recently started at the Central Library and at branches.

Fantastic Man One of few men’s fashion magazines, Fantastic Man presents striking photography alongside interviews with influential men around the world. The Spring/Summer 2017 issue features film director Steve McQueen, photographer Collier Schorr, writer Édouard Louis, comedian Gad Elmaleh, actor Woody Harrelson, restauranteur Jeremy King, and photographer Tom Bianchi. If that’s not enough, you’ll find plenty of style inspiration (like these camping-inspired outfits).

Huck  I didn’t realize how much I was craving something a little different in my reading routine until I discovered Huck. With a mission to challenge and defy dominant narratives, Huck’s global journalists explore counterculture and subcultures left relatively untouched by other media. Take a look at the March/April 2017 issue for articles about an all-female London motorcycle collective, El Salvador graffiti, progressive porn, and the music of South Sudan’s youth. Also available at the Capitol Hill Branch.

Little White Lies This handsome publication covers all aspects of film – new, old, mainstream, independent – with compelling articles, interviews, and reviews. Little White Lies offers plenty of content online as well – Just skimming through LWLies Recommends alone will undoubtedly leave you with many unexpected ideas for your watchlist.

Marijuana Venture Marijuana Venture describes itself as “the only [business-to-business] trade publication dedicated to the legal marijuana industry.” If you are thinking of joining the industry as an entrepreneur or employee, this will help you develop expertise to set yourself apart. (The Library provides small business research help, resources, and events. Take a look at our Library to Business page to get started.)

Portland Monthly For all who pine for Portland. Find ideas for an upcoming road trip and read up on the latest in Portland arts, politics, and more. Articles give in-depth treatment to the rich global contributions of Portlanders, but the quality and variety of Portland Monthly’s reporting will appeal to many readers without a specific interest in Portland. Also available at the Green Lake Branch.

Sound on Sound Do the terms ‘Multi-channel Mic Preamp & A-D/D-A Converter’ and ‘polyphonic step sequencing’ mean anything to you? If so, you might be interested in this music recording technology magazine! Includes music production techniques, in-depth product tests, and interviews with engineers and producers.

Wine & Spirits Wine & Spirits is an easy-to-read magazine offers something for everyone, from the beginner wine and spirits enthusiast to experts in the field. Read about U.S. and international wine makers and vineyards, find best-of lists and tasting notes, and learn about new releases. Also available at the West Seattle Branch.

Interested in accessing free magazines and newspapers online? Many popular titles are available for free through the Library’s online collection – Visit Zinio for magazines and PressReader for newspapers. All you’ll need is your SPL card number and PIN!

     – Posted by Lindy

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Last November, there was a shooting in downtown Seattle. It was five feet in front of me. Afterward, I became more anxious than usual, with every waking moment and many sleeping ones filled with fear. I went to the doctor: PTSD. Aha.

The majority of my experience with mental health issues stem from childhood years of coping with adults and their untreated or unacknowledged issues. My father would always encourage empathy, emphasizing how difficult it could be to live with a mind that didn’t “mind” you, and that mantra has permeated my life. I found some understanding in books like An Unquiet Mind and I Hate You… Don’t Leave Me, and by attending lectures such as the In Our Own Voice presentations by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (#IntoMentalHealth). I’ve also started following some great resources online like End the Stigma, The Mighty and the People of Color & Mental Illness Photo Project. And vocal celebrity mental health advocates like Carrie Fisher, Princes William and Harry, and these guys speak out and start conversations surrounding mental health and healing. Continue reading

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Summer Book Bingo Returns!

Polish your library card, clean your reading glasses, dust off your Kindle — whatever you need to do — because today Seattle Arts & Lectures and Seattle Public Library launch Summer Book Bingo, the 2017 edition! Pick up a bingo card at any of our Libraries, or print the pdf here.

Here’s a brief rundown of how it works:

  • Have a glorious summer of reading books that you enjoy while also discovering new genres and authors.
  • Write titles of books that fill challenges in each Bingo square.
  • Keep reading through Labor Day, and then if you have Bingo (five in a row down, across, diagonally) or a blackout (all 25 squares/challenges filled) you enter a drawing for fantastic bookish prizes.*

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Endangered Species Day

Mark your calendars for May 19 – Endangered Species Day. Since 2006, the third Friday in May has been a day to reflect on animal and plant species that are becoming extinct at an alarming rate.

Lun Lun at Zoo Atlanta

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) maintains The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, a comprehensive list of the conservation status of species. Despite some conservation successes, the IUCN’s assessment is that biodiversity is in decline. Of the 79,800 species on its list, over 23,000 are threatened with extinction. Continue reading

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Suggestions for a Seattle Book Crawl

Today’s guest post is from Ann Glusker, formerly a librarian with the Seattle Public Library and now with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Thanks to the Medical Library Association News for sharing this post; we trust with this handy guide that the medical librarians visiting our fair city later this month will have a wonderfully bookish time. 

Seattle is a book-lover’s paradise. It’s been in the top 3 of “Most Literate Cities” since the list started in 2003! Maybe there’s something about gray weather and coffee that lend themselves to reading. Given this, it’s not surprising that we have some fantastic bookstores. Feel like a stroll to see some of them? On the map below, you will find a Seattle Book Crawl—it should take about an hour (jf you skip 1A and 2A), but of course you may find yourself needing a little more time to spend in the stores themselves! Also, the basic route is pretty much all downhill, with a gentle uphill slope up First Avenue and back up Pike St. to the Convention Center after you leave Pike Place Market. And we can’t even count how many coffee shops you’ll pass!

1) Start off at the Convention Center! Continue reading

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Interview with an Artist: Ways of Working

Have you ever wondered why the end product of an artistic endeavor is called a work of art or an artwork and not art play? Has anyone asked, “When are you going to get a real job?” Are you working in a real job, yet wonder when you’ll get enough money, time and the space to do your real work?

The path of an artist is a complicated affair and not for the faint of heart. Sure, there can be something fanciful, playful even, about the work of creating a work of art, but play doesn’t get or keep you there for the long haul! Continue reading

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Inside the Story: Immersive and Personal Journalism

Memoir tends to be subjective, while journalistic writing aims at objective treatment of a topic. Then there are those books that combine these strengths, exploring a topic of interest from within, either through the eyes of someone whose experience gives them a revealing perspective, or a journalist who immerses themselves in the world they’re writing about. In both cases, the results can be both highly informative and deeply moving.

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