Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone!

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For a summer time treat, we offer this oldie but goodie, National Geographic. It is published monthly in Washington D.C. We have a complete run of this in the open stacks on the 6th floor. It’s fascinating to see how the title has changed since the National Geographic Society began the printed edition in 1888. The Society (which included Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone) was founded “to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge” and it continues to do so.

From its beginning, the group has funded world exploration, scientific study and experimentation, as well as conservation of the earth and its inhabitants. The founders included noted businessmen, scientists, and explorers. At the time photography was still a new endeavor and National Geographic was the first journal to take advantage of the power of photographed images.

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This is another title which has used the website to expand on every topic the magazine has interest in, then provides much more in-depth coverage and broad resources to accompany the monthly print content.

In particular, they have archived their amazing photos for us:

Come take a look!





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Magazine of the Week

Hi, welcome back!

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This week’s title is The Advocate, which has been published as a supplement of Out since fall of 2010.  It is part of a larger group of magazines that specialize in issues relevant to the LGBT community.

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Their website not only covers the various magazines printed by the parent company, but also provides an newsfeeds on issues relevant to gay, lesbian, bisexuals, and transgender people. It is no secret that design fields attract a disproportionate number of people from this community. Consequently, the magazine often has interviews with important designers. (The last separately-published issue, December 2009/January 2010 has Tom Ford on the cover, for example.)


adv trans fullThe gradual mainstreaming of the trans population has shifted the title’s focus. As AIDS has given way to better medications, issues such as gender fluidity, changing marriage and adoption laws countrywide, the new clothing requirements among transgender, police brutality, and gay pride among the black community.

Out and its supplement The Advocate can be found at the PERS desk on the 6th floor of the library. Come take a look!

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46 days before school starts!

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Just a reminder that summer is here in the city.  New York in the summer is pretty magical because there are so many nifty free things to do, and it seems you have the city to yourself while others vacation elsewhere.

Just to get you started, Manhattanhenge

Here are some suggestions for things to do: list of things to do this summer.

If you get bored, there’s always the movies, where the AC is guaranteed to be sub-arctic. And there’s space at the library, with a bit less icy AC. But books! And magazines! And friendly, helpful people to show you stuff!

Just sayin’…


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