Today, Other Magazines reads through the Economist, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Good, and Harper's to find out what's worth your time—and what's not.
Must Read The New York Times Magazine fronts a truly frightening article on computerized-voting machines. Remember the whole hanging-chad debacle? That'll feel quaint in comparison to the server malfunctions and printer jams that may plague the 2008 election.— J.L.
Best Campaign Piece
The Economist compares the presidential campaign strategies of New York City mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, neither of whom had a chance in Iowa. If Giuliani's risky campaign fizzles, Bloomberg may be the beneficiary.—D.S.
In his introduction to a Time photo essay on campaigning in Iowa, Mark Halperin salutes Iowa for thoroughly vetting the presidential candidates so the rest of us don't have to. Unfortunately, the photos of Iowa that accompany Halperin's essay remind us that a state covered in snow and crawling with grinning presidential hopefuls is not very photogenic.—C.W.
Check out the New York TimesMagazine Q&A with David Frum, the conservative author who helped coin the phrase "axis of evil." Frum thinks the Republicans' time in the limelight may be over, but he says a comeback's not impossible.—J.L.
Good interviews Garry Kasparov, the former chessmaster and current Russian opposition leader, and gets him to make a tentative presidential endorsement. When asked who impressed him the most in regards to American policy toward Russia, he says, "The only one to articulate it strongly is Senator McCain."—C.M.
Best International Piece
Time's cover story on the future of Pakistan is a comprehensive primer for the country's prospects for stability in the post-Benazir Bhutto era. The package includes a brief genealogy of the Bhutto clan and a short sidebar on the likelihood of the risks of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of terrorists if the government collapses.—C.W.
An obituary of Benazir Bhutto in the Economist shares some colorful details about the fallen Pakistani leader: She had psychedelic posters on the wall of her Oxford dormitory, was a fan of "slushy" novels, and loved Victoria's Secret.—D.S.
Best Religion Piece
Harper's fascinating cover story on Jerusalem examines the "ecology of monotheism"—the cultural and physical landscape of the "[b]arren [b]irthplace of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam."—J.R.
In an article on Joel Osteen in Good, Thomas Golianopoulos sums up the sometimes-plastic pastor succinctly: "Basically, he looks like a less-smarmy Ken doll."—C.M.