This is You Recommend, where I am out of ideas about something, and plaintively ask my readers for help.
I know it's been quite a while since we did a We Recommend, partly because I misconstrued the last one, partly because we haven't really been getting requests.
And then I got a note from a friend, not on the blog but just a regular old "What do you think?" sort of email. Here's the deal: His relation is nearing her fourteenth birthday. She has been having a tough time, as we all do sometimes, struggling mightily with the societal pressures that fall on girls. They've been giving her a fairly rough ride of it—things are not easy for her right now. He wanted to know: what magazine would I recommend that he get her a subscription to, something that might provide a little light in the darkness, more or less? That wouldn't necessarily be a trip into the soul-less void, courtesy of Teen Vogue and Seventeen?
Of course, those of you old enough (and others, too) know that he is really asking for Sassy, much is it missed. And you know, too, that probably whatever awesome thing he is hoping for isn't something printed on paper, which kind of kills me, because there's nothing like lying in bed with a magazine, and it's not the same with a phone or computer.
I told him about Muse, which I have professed my love for previously, though I think it might be too young for her, and Cicada, which I don't know as well but pretty much trust is good. But truly, I don't have the answer.
So here we go: YOU recommend. I know a magazine can't fix something that's broken. But it would be nice to have something to send a 14-year-old girl that might make the world a little less terrible. Any ideas?