(also known as Utne
) is a digital digest that collects and reprints articles on politics, culture, and the environment, generally from alternative media
sources including journals, newsletters, weeklies, zines
, music, and DVDs
The magazine's writers and editors contribute book, film, and music reviews and original articles that tend to focus on emerging cultural trends
. The magazine's website produces ten blogs covering politics, environment, media, spirituality, science and technology, great writing, and the arts. The publication takes its name from founder Eric Utne.
"Utne" rhymes with the English word "chutney". Eric Utne's surname is ultimately derived from the Norwegian village of Utne
, which loosely translates as "far out".
The magazine was founded in 1984
by Eric Utne as the Utne Reader
. Its tagline was "the best of the alternative press." For its first 20 years Jay Walljasper
was editor; Julie Ristau was its publisher.
During these years it was transformed "from a tiny New Age newsletter to a thick, ad-rich magazine with more than 300,000 subscribers."
Utne chaired the magazine until the late 1990s, when his then-wife Nina Rothschild Utne took over.
The magazine was headquartered in Minneapolis
The cover logo was changed to simply Utne
in 2003, continuing until 2006, with the subtitle, A Different Read on Life
In 2006 the magazine was purchased by Ogden Publications
, publishers of Grit
, Mother Earth News
, Natural Home
, and other magazines.
The earlier title Utne Reader
was brought back, and the magazine returned to and refocused on its original mission to reprint "the best of the alternative press".
Utne Independent Press Awards
In popular culture
- In The Simpsons episode "King-Size Homer", Lisa Simpson receives a letter for a subscription to the Utne Reader. A later episode, "Dad Behavior", again references Lisa's collection of the magazines.
- In the Family Guy episode "The Son Also Draws", Brian Griffin is seen reading the magazine.
- In Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode "Zombie Nightmare", Tom Servo makes a reference to the magazine's staff during a rather tame and well-dressed disco scene.
- In the webcomic Narbonic, in one of the first few strips in the series, the lab's intern is shown reading the magazine. Later in the comic series, another character makes a reference to the magazine.
- ^ "Eric Utne Created the Impossible: a Reader's Digest That Both Baby Boomers and Highbrows Can Love". people.com. September 10, 1990. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- ^ Amien, Deb (April 23, 2018). "What the Heck Is That?: UTNE". The New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
- ^ "The 20 Best Magazines of the Decade (2000-2009)". Paste Magazine. November 26, 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
- ^ https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-ristau-b8071882/
- ^ Jay Walljasper, "It was 20 years ago today..." Utne magazine (March / April 2004) at https://web.archive.org/web/20210109183610/https://www.utne.com/community/itwas20yearsagotoday
- ^ David Hawley, "An Activist Agenda For New Utne Reader," Seattle Times (December 23, 1994) at https://web.archive.org/web/20210109182041/https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=19941223&slug=1948780
- ^ a b Tom Groening (September 16, 2006). "Utne CEO, editor recounts magazine struggles". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- ^ "Top General Magazines". Book Market. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
- ^ "Magazine Agent: Utne". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
- ^ "Utne Re-Reader: A 'Progressive Brand' Reclaims its Roots -- and Name". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved June 6, 2007.
- ^ Jonathan Rabinovitz (April 13, 1992). "An Attempted Comeback for the Literary Salon". The New York Times. Retrieved March 25, 2008.
- ^ "The Virtuous Male". Archived from the original on May 15, 2007. Retrieved May 8, 2007.
- ^ "Utne Independent Press Awards: 2011 Winners". Utne. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
- ^ "Winners of the 2010 Utne Independent Press Awards". Utne. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
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