Reviews For Details Magazine

next to no content, but plenty of ads...

When I was in high school Details was a pretty cool magazine, lots of cutting edge stuff was featured and for some one who was a dork gave some interesting style tips.

I recently resubscribed and gotta tell ya that I wasted [money amount]. The articles are almost never more than 500 words long, and usually "think" pieces that seem tossed off while the author was in a cab on the way to the editorial meeting.

A lot of pretty ads though...

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in the early-mid 90s, Details used to be the best magazine in the world, with a huge focus on music. the writing was sharp and witty, and it reported on the latest trends months before every one else knew about the trend. then at some point in the late 90's they tried to become like all the other boring magazines out there (maxim, stuff, gear etc.)after that switch, they lost it. no matter how hard they now trying to be a younger mix of esquire and GQ, the magazine lost it's coolness factor.

Most words are on the cover

You don't get much more to read in the magazine. Just a collection of pictures and ads. It takes no more than 5 minutes from cover to cover. You couldn't even rely on this to waste some time.

If you buy their book, the subscription is free. If you bought it that way, you won't be ticked.

The title sums it up. My two pet peeves are the incredible amount of advertisements in the mag. Half of the mag is made up of advertisements with another 1/4 of the mag dedicated to more advertisement with side notes put in. Only 1/4 of the mag is made up of actual articles and even those are "bleh". For example, my buddy just picked up the mag and said, "is there something you wanna tell me?". Why did he say that? Because there were 4 articles on being gay or the wonderful rich feeling that comes with being gay. Uhhhhh, ok. I just wanted to know how to dress nice. For example, Tom Ford writes that if your straight you must sleep with a member of the opposite sex at least once in your life and then proceeds to call you a dunderhead if you don't. Ok, fine, I get that, it's an opinion by a fashion designer. But then a couple pages later there's a huge article written by the mag itself about "the rise of the alpha-gay". Jeesh....just give me tips on how to dress and leave the indoctrination for your spin-off magazine. I say buy their book and get the subscription free, otherwise don't waste your money.

THE Magazine for the Self-Centered Male

If you're the kind of man who looks at himself in a full length mirrror every morning, this is the magazine for you.

If you think the car you drive defines you, the clothes you wear are the measure of your self-worth, the watch on your wrist tells the value of you as a person, and the woman you're seen with is a measure of your rank in society- you need this magazine.

Other men- who might value human relationships- may profitably give it a pass.

reviewing or debating?

First of all - this is not a debate forum. You write what you think about the magazine and not why other reviewers are so close minded and sensitive. But since you started...
Two wrongs dont make a right. And Im not sure why you are talking about other potentially racist pieces and comparing those situations to this one. Details has acknowledged that it crossed a line, and will publish a full page apology in their next issue regarding the Gay or Asian piece. I dont care if Irishmen did a freakin rain dance in response to A Modest Proposal. If they felt discriminated against, then they should have protested. Many people in the Asian community and the Gay/Lesbian community stepped it up - wrote letters, formed a protest, and details responded. Im not even asian, and I have to say, good for them.

Im not saying Details does not have a right to publish such an article (if one could call it that). But people have a right to get angry and speak their minds in response. Who are you to call them oversensitive or too politically correct. For heavens sake, if you like the magazine good for you. Write why you like it and not why people should stop getting themselves concerned about a piece you, i guess in your kingly role of getting to decide what counts as racist and what does not, deemed simply humorous.


This mag seems very dark and I cannot figure out where they are trying to go. It is easier to move on to something else!