He likes it, he really likes it

Slate’s Jack Shager sings the praises of Chicago magazine Stop Smiling, crediting the published-5-or-6-times-per-year magazine for making him excited about magazines again: “Stop Smiling is smart. It’s idiosyncratic. It’s a little like Dave Eggers’ old magazine Might in that it’s beautiful to look at, only it’s irony-free. And it brims with the romanticism for magazines that Harold Hayes applied to Esquire, Kurt Andersen and Graydon Carter squeezed into Spy, and Louis Rosetto drenched Wired with.” Stop Smiling calls itself “The magazine for high-minded lowlifes,” and with Kurt Vonnegut on the cover of the current issue (in addition to interviews with Garrison Keillor and Dave Eggers, and an article on the Touch and Go 25th anniversary), they can call themselves whatever they like, as long as they keep coming out with such must-read stuff.

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