FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t yet picked up to read and explore.

Who Made That - Scotch Tape -25 july 2014 How many of you out there regularly read The New York Times Magazine? Don’t be shy. You can go ahead and put your hand up…even if you don’t read it cover to cover.

This weekly supplement to the Sunday edition of The New York Times had been a part of the newspaper since 1896. The publication regularly prints articles by well-known writers. It features articles about fashion, style, and food. The puzzle page, edited by puzzle master Will Shortz, features some of the most challenging crossword puzzles that you will ever experience.

The regular feature that has me hooked on The New York Times Magazine each week is the Who Made That?  page. According to the newspaper, the columns “explore the notable design and manufacturing history behind commonplace objects we use everyday.” The earliest installments of the column appear to go back to March, 2011.

I found each column fascinating. The writing is great. The back story about each of the topics is both informative and interesting. In the June 7, 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine, Hugo Lindgren wrote “few of the things we most value sprang from corporate labs or marketing departments. Mostly they came from people trying to solve a problem of their own.” This scenario plays out time and time again as you read these columns.

Some of my  favorites from Who Made That? in the last 12 months have been “Food Truck” on May 2, 2014, “3-D Printer” on November 22, 2013, and  “Super Soaker” on August 4, 2013.

So, if ever have looked at things and wondered who ever came up with idea and made that thing, take a look at The New York Times Magazine and find out.

– Tom D.







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