When I was in college, I discovered a place where magazines were sent to be recycled. Anyone who wanted to take and reuse them before they were recycled was welcome to do so, and thus my love of magazines was born, after literally climbing around inside an enormous bin full of old magazines. (It was more like swimming than climbing I suppose, because of all the glossy paper.) I spent weeks flipping through hundreds of gently-used examples, many of them probably from waiting rooms. I clipped out all the examples I liked best, to make a giant “franken-magazine.” The paper I wrote as a result, for a communications class, was nowhere near as much fun. I don’t even remember the title of that paper, nor do I remember the grade it got, but I do still have franken-magazine.

I felt a little bit of the joy from that bin full of magazines, while reading through Longreads’ recent reading list, “Making the Magazine.”

Magazine nerds, here we go: A starter collection of behind-the-scenes stories from some of your most beloved magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair…