In The Internet Age, Does Anyone Still Like Catalogs?

…Besides me, of course? Greg Beato wrote a piece for Reason titled, "Where The Consumer Is King: In Praise Of Mail-Order Catalogs." He writes, "It seems that old-fashioned mail-order catalogs will soon be as extinct as the PalmPilot." Sad! » 11/25/09 5:40pm 11/25/09 5:40pm

Inflight Magazines: A Love Letter

In our modern peregrinations, few disappointments seem so regular as the inflight magazine, that haven of has-been columnists and destination-story junketry. But I would like to take a minute to appreciate the genre in all its promise. » 10/05/09 5:00pm 10/05/09 5:00pm

8 Products From SkyMall You Can Use To Kill Someone

I picked up the new SkyMall catalog on a flight over the weekend and maybe I'm getting old, but I was surprised at how dangerous some of the crap seemed to be. Then I thought, "Could you use junk from SkyMall to kill someone?" The answer is: Maybe! Listen: You should never harm your fellow wo/man. But! If you fantasize… » 5/06/08 3:20pm 5/06/08 3:20pm

More SkyMall: The Mile-High Commerce Club

The good news? It's almost time for a few days off. The bad news? Your flight is probably already delayed. Before you search for a Valium or consider jabbing the armrest-hogging guy's ribs, reach into that seat-back pocket and pull out SkyMall. Return tray tables to the upright position: Part two of a two-part series… » 12/18/07 3:00pm 12/18/07 3:00pm

SkyMall: Shopping The Friendly Skies For Pointless Products

Traveling this week? Yeah, so are millions of people. Well, while you're stuck on the tarmac for five hours with the toilets backing up and a 7-month-old raising hell nearby, reach into that seat-back pocket and pull out SkyMall. Everyone's favorite aeronautic shopping sensation is actually a catalog made of catalogs.… » 12/17/07 3:00pm 12/17/07 3:00pm