Eight Fan-Curated Magazines Remain. Only One Will Represent the 2014 World Cup Champion

From an initial field of 32 national teams, the 2014 World Cup has now been winnowed down to a quarterfinal group of eight. There’s been plenty of drama and surprise, with early favorites England, Spain and Italy eliminated in the early rounds, while Uruguay’s Luis Suárez was banned for taking a bite out of an opposing player. Here in the United States, high hopes for Team USA were dashed after a tough loss to Belgium. It’s already been a World Cup to remember.

Amid all the soaring highs and plummeting lows, we’ve been impressed by the the hundreds of MagMakers who have volunteered to co-curate our lineup of Brazil 2014 team magazines.

Every one of our 32 fan-curated magazines delivers a perspective on the World Cup that you won’t find anywhere else. Yet with the quarterfinals set to begin, all eyes are now on the eight magazines that represent the teams still in the running for the championship: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

From that elite group, one team will emerge as the 2014 World Cup Champion. Follow the action in our Brazil 2014 magazines, and save some applause for all the fan-curators who will bring it to you!

~ToddL is reading “Eating in Japan

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#flipshopping: Beach Reads


Reading outside is one of the greatest parts of summer. Whether you intend to spend some time at the beach, a lake, a pool, or just hanging out in your backyard, we’ve picked our favorite page-turners just in time for July 4. In this new magazine, Beach Reads, you’ll find:

  • The Silkworm is the latest novel by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame). This is her second book in the Cormoran Strike Series after last year’s hit, The Cuckoo’s Calling. People magazine called it “a second absorbing whodunit starring detective Cormoran Strike to follow last year’s stealth hit, The Cuckoo’s Calling…. Astutely observed, well-paced…The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel.”
  • Pulitzer Prize winner The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a story about an orphaned boy and the art underworld. Once you start it, you won’t be able to put it down. In The New York Times, Stephen King wrote that “The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind.”
  • Helen Fielding’s third book about the funny, flighty and terminally relatable Bridget Jones chronicles Twitter, dating with children and younger guys. The New Yorker called it “tender and comic.”

~MiaQ is reading “Put an Egg on it

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What I’m Reading: Todd Mundt of Audible.com

Todd Mundt reads for a living. Formerly the editorial director for NPR Digital Services, Mundt narrates the New Yorker and both the Harvard Business and Technology Reviews on Audible.com. With over 25 years of experience working in radio, Mundt has spent a good chunk of his life telling stories.

Consequently everything falls on his radar—from the scintillating sentences of La Belle Epoque-era writer Marcel Proust to The Verge’s tech-focused narrative journalism, Mundt’s interests are all encompassing.

So it’s with great pleasure that we asked the radio veteran the following question: What are you reading on Flipboard?

Early mornings, I’m usually sitting in a cafe with coffee, and I’m quite directed about how I use Flipboard: I follow essentially the arrangement I’ve outlined above. But on weekends, I wander more and let Cover Stories and Recommended for You surface things for me.

I arrange the tiles based on a loose topicality, with technology news sources, morphing into cities/urbanism, photos, wine, food, fitness, a section of Boston and Montreal stories and photos, etc. I also have tiles built out of search terms in Flipboard, like “Marcel Proust.” That lets Flipboard do the heavy lifting, showing me stuff from all over the Internet that I might be interested in.

GigaOm: This is the best “big picture” technology news source I’ve found. I read it for developments that will likely have an impact on us in the next 3-5 years.

MacStories: Federico Viticci’s blog is about Apple news, but I find his in-depth reviews of apps incredibly useful, and he’s a champion of using a tablet for most of his computing—something I agree with and practice.

Vinography: I started by having Flipboard import Alder Yarrow’s tweets, but it seems like Yarrow got the Flipboard bug because he started his own magazine with content from his wine blog and other sources. It’s a go-to magazine if you like wine.

The Verge Weekender: Another Saturday morning read. What stories have I missed? What interesting stories would I never have encountered?

MidSetBreak: Nicholas Berry updates his magazine often and for me, it’s a great example of the power of Flipboard curation. I’m interested in fitness but I don’t have time to deal with a mountain of blogs and magazines, so I trust a few Flipboard curators to do the work for me, Nicholas chief among them.

My Twitter lists weren’t useful to me until I imported them into Flipboard. Now I can browse my Core Tech, San Francisco, and Food and Drink lists easily. The Flipboard format is so perfect for following Twitter lists that I can’t imagine using lists without Flipboard.

I also read a lot of sources in a traditional RSS reader. For a long time, I couldn’t present a clear rationale for why I read one source on Flipboard and another on Reeder/Feedly, but over time, I’ve found that sources that produce a lot of content I want to browse and read end up in Flipboard, while in my RSS reader, I may prefer to scan a row of titles from blogs I read less often and select a few for reading.

To see more of Todd’s good taste, flip through some of his own magazines below:

Making a Better Me: Going way beyond bite-sized advice, Todd’s curated a coherent philosophy on how to live a better life—in more ways than one.

Time Regained: French writer Marcel Proust’s long, wonderfully winding sentences could stretch for yards at a time. Todd has gathered some short, sweet vignettes from Proust’s own fascinating backstory.

On Wine and Food: With an unpretentious eye and a taste for the delectable, Todd’s down-to-earth guide to wine and food is, yes, the perfect pairing.

~ShonaS is curating “Holiday Road (7/4)

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The Week in Review: The Evolution of Marriage Equality

Though it’s been a year since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), both political and public opinion is evolving. On Wednesday, federal courts in Utah and Indiana overturned a ban against same-sex marriages, citing crucial violations of the 14th Amendment.

Forty-three years after college students Richard Baker and James McConnell were denied a marriage license, 19 states now legally recognize gay marriage. Wednesday’s decision set a major precedent for similar cases pending in New Mexico, Virginia and Oklahoma, among others.

With a majority of Americans in favor of marriage equality, the case has led some members of the opposition to reconsider their positions. Following Wednesday’s ruling, Senator Susan Collins from Maine became the fourth Republican senator to publicly support same-sex marriage.

Whether the issue continues to be politicized, the LGBT community is already a visible part of American society. Take a look through the magazines below to see what equality really looks like in the 21st century.

Marriage Equality by Gavin Newsom: California’s Lieutenant Governor and the former Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom has curated this magazine about an issue that’s very close to his heart.

Gay Voice by Chris Cash: This magazine offers news and views for LGBT community.

LGBT by Grant Broberg: Featuring articles from The New York Times, TIME, CNN, Buzzfeed and more, this magazine has the latest on LGBT news.

Same-sex marriage: 1 year later by CNN: In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on DOMA (Defence of Marriage Act), this magazine recaps CNN’s coverage of events since the ruling.

Gay Marriage 2013, and beyond by Chris Maines: Dig into this magazine for a variety of perspectives on gay marriage, including reactions from the Catholic Church.

Marriage Equality by Christian Munoz: This magazine collects news about marriage laws in the U.S., plus lighter fare like AdWeek’s best-loved brands in the LGBT community.

~HannahB is reading “Interior

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New CNN Magazines Debut on Flipboard


It’s been three months since CNN launched its nonstop news coverage and video clips on Flipboard, along with magazines curated by hosts like John King, Fareed Zakaria and Jake Tapper. Since then, the CNN team has launched a slew of new magazines devoted to current events and/or programs. Take a look:

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is a single place to follow all of the social media created by Bourdain and the team behind his culinary adventure show.

Morgan Spurlock Inside Man goes deep on the topics covered on CNN’s most popular original series, from college sports to UFOs.

Bergdahl Files pulls together all of CNN’s coverage of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s rescue and the tumultuous aftermath.

World Cup Glories takes you off the field to showcase the people and places that matter in Brazil 2014.

CNN Comedy is full of offbeat stories and videos compiled by Apparently This Matters columnist Jarrett Bellini, National Correspondent Jeanne Moos (who covers the quirky side of news for CNN), and the team at AC360 (whose RidicuList segment is also included in this magazine).

Riffing on a segment on the CNN morning program New Day, Good Stuff showcases stories of people being kind and acting heroically.

Erin Burnett OutFront extends beyond the TV show to give more information around the day’s headlines.

Voices pulls together popular CNN Opinion pieces focused on the way we live, work and play.

Get fit! by CNN Fit Nation and Dr. Sanjay Gupta empowers you to take control of your health.

June 26 marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). The Same-sex marriage: 1 year later magazine has a recap of events since the ruling.

~ CarolynG is reading “Your Issue, Your Politician

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On the Red Couch with Food Writer Ruth Reichl

Some wear many hats; Ruth Reichl preferred wigs. That’s because, as the food critic for The New York Times from 1993 to 1999, Reichl discovered that her headshot was placed in restaurant kitchens throughout the country. Chefs would scan dining rooms for an effusive woman with flowing, dark hair who could make or break their careers—so review after review, the writer donned a new ‘do.

Few had reason to fear. Reichl (pronounced RYE-shil) used her pedestals—both at the Times and as Editor-in-Chief of the now-defunct Gourmet Magazine—to champion the best in food. But if something went south, as did almost everything during an amusingly dysfunctional visit to Manhattan’s Box Tree, her blade was swift: “Best of all, it is almost time to leave,” she remarked at the sight of dessert.

Less a food snob than a free spirit, Reichl came to California in the early ’70s to live in a commune and cook at a co-op before transitioning into an editor, critic and memoirist. With the publication of Delicious! last month, she’s fulfilled a long-standing dream of becoming a novelist. We spoke with her about seeing the world “food-first,” male egos, and what you should—and shouldn’t share—at the dinner table.

We live in a time in which everyone’s a food critic. Why is a professional restaurant critic still relevant?
Good criticism enriches your experience—whether it’s film, books, TV, theater. Restaurant criticism works in the same way. One of the things that’s been great about social media is that it’s taken on the consumer reporting aspect, leaving the professional critics to do something more important: to put things in context and give you the history and a better way to experience restaurants.

Was there a memorable meal that made you think, “I want to write about these things for the rest of my life”?
No. (Laughs) Truth be told, when I was first offered the chance to be a restaurant critic, my first thought wasn’t, “Oh, this is a new profession for me.” My first thought was “free meals!”

Professional cooking has become a macho endeavor. You can turn on the TV and see any number of male chefs taking up the screen. Isn’t that removed from the more traditional homestyle scenes that are familiar to many of us?
Well, what’s wrong about that is equating home cooking with restaurant cooking. A more interesting comparison would be between restaurant cooking and factory work. It’s an assembly line. A chef isn’t really a cook; a chef is the CEO of a company. Being a chef is about getting people to translate your vision.

That said, I do think that we are seeing women chefs coming up, and they are just very different from their male counterparts. A lot of them are choosing not to be in charge. Men do it more for ego, and women do it for a lot of other reasons.

Eating is a touchy subject: if you love spicy food, going on a date with someone that doesn’t can be a deal breaker. Does learning about our appetites give us a better understanding of ourselves and other people?
I do see the world “food-first” and I’ve always categorized people by what they ate. Our food choices are very much like handwriting. They are one of the ways we tell the world who we are. It’s not for nothing that there are kosher and halal laws, and part of those is to set people apart by saying, “This is who I am.” It’s a way of announcing yourself to the world.

When someone says, “I love spicy food,” they’re essentially saying, “I’m an adventurous person.” Someone who grows up in a kosher home who chooses not to keep kosher, that’s a huge statement. You can be with someone who likes a different kind of movie, but you’re going to be eating a lot together—so of course you’re gonna care what they eat!

Has social media affected those statements? Is there something interesting about taking pictures of our food, or is it a class signifier?
When I was 25 and had no money, I didn’t go out to eat. It didn’t occur to me as a way I could spend money. My son is 25 and has no money and it wouldn’t occur to him not to go out to eat. It’s just one of the things he needs to do. I don’t think it’s so much [about] class unless you’re talking about very rich or very poor people.

I hope we get beyond taking pictures of our food. I do it myself, but it’s pretty tiresome to be with someone who’s pushing the silverware out of the way so they can get the right angle of their food. It’s annoying the way photography has taken over the experience. I hate it when people are taking pictures of things while traveling and they’re so busy taking photos, they’re not even there. We’ve gotten to that point with food.

Food has achieved a near-mythic significance in America. Why?
Food TV. I’m sorry to say it, but you cannot underestimate the importance of having a generation of kids who may not have seen their mom’s cooking, but who loved watching Mario Batali, and who are now in their twenties. They saw chefs as celebrities, as interesting people in the culture, and so they experienced food in a way that no previous generation ever did.

There’s a line in your book “Tender at the Bone”—“Even in the dark I could hear the smile in her voice”—that sums up your writing in way. It helps us receive an intimate, sensory sensation, if not the tangible product. It’s personal. Have you felt reluctant to tell stories from your private life?
Not from my own life. I’ve had real pause about incorporating my family. I’ve been very cautious on what I’ve written about my son. I think your parents are fair game, but your kids aren’t. In my memoirs, if I’ve worried that I was treading on people’s privacy, I sent them that part of the book and asked if they had any objections. I don’t have a big sense of privacy. But I know other people do, and I’m very cautious about saying things about other people that they might have problems with.

In terms of process, was writing a novel that different from writing food? Were you channeling the same ability?
No, it’s really different. As a daily journalist, once you’ve gathered the facts, you decide what angle you’re going to take and you know where you’re going. With fiction, you’re inventing it all and because of that, it goes in places you don’t expect. When you let yourself go, the characters take over. The next day you have to decide whether you’re going to let that happen.

My characters continually surprised me and there was a kind of “letting go” that’s very different from non-fiction. You have to come back with all your mind and read it and say, “Am I gonna let Sammy be that person? It’s not who I thought…” and you have to decide, “Yeah, I love him. He’s not who I thought he was, but I love him.”

It’s both harder and more fun because anything can happen.

You’ve adapted to change really well. When you were running Gourmet, did you ever wonder what life would look like beyond the plate, so to speak?
I loved my job at Gourmet but I never thought that I was there forever. One of the things about running that kind of magazine was to take chances. You have to be constantly aware that you could get fired. I wrote books the whole time I was there because I thought the minute that they think that they own me, I’m in trouble. I’d have fights with my publishers about publishing the David Foster Wallace piece, and I would say, “No, I’m going to do it.” I always felt like I just need them to know that I have another life, that I can write books, and I’m not going to stop doing that. I need them to know that I’m just a visitor to this world.

Talking about disparate things makes for great criticism. Within the essayistic tradition, it’s a handy way to spot links in the cultural chain. That tradition lives on in writing about sports or pop culture or music. Has that way of thinking about food—beyond food—faded away?
When there was no longer a Gourmet, I wished that another mainstream publication would have tried to do what we did: which was to talk about culture and politics and anthropology and all of that in a mainstream publication. Unfortunately what we’re getting—Lucky Peach or Cherry Bombe or Modern Farmer, which are all great—are niche publications for a smaller audience. It makes me sad. I still think there’s a place in the world for a mainstream epicurean publication that’s challenging.

Besides including great recipes, how can a food magazine—whether in print or online—entice readers?
What we tried to do at Gourmet was create a magazine that didn’t give people what they expected, but what they didn’t know they wanted. It had an element of surprise. One of my goals was for every issue to have something in it that caused people to go, “Isn’t that amazing? What a great piece of writing!” or “I didn’t know that I wanted to know that, but I’m really glad I do now.” If you go beyond the expected and give people an appetite, they will keep coming back.

You’ve said that you could live in a house without furniture, or go without new clothes, but that you couldn’t live without literature. If you could invite any writer(s)—living or dead—who would you choose, and why?
Grace Paley was a wonderful writer and activist and someone who felt very familiar to me. George Saunders, I’m so admiring of him, he seems like a guy with such an amazing vision and so kind. And you’d want to have Shakespeare at your table—wouldn’t you? Even just to know who he was! He would have to be fabulous company. I love Hilary Mantel and would love to get her together with a writer named Dorothy Dunnet, both of whom are big writers of historical fiction with interesting lives.

How would you counsel a young person who’s prone to eating out constantly to think about food in a way that was essential to your culinary education?
I wish people would cook more. Cooking is so easy and fun. People say they don’t have time, but if you figure out what you’re gonna cook for a week and do the shopping, the work is mostly done.

There’s so much good, simple food. It worries me that we spend so much of our private time in public spaces. I wish people would invite people into their homes, which is an act of bravery. They get to see you with all your warts, with your animals misbehaving and your cats walking on the counters.

That’s how you foster intimacy. There’s a distance that happens when you just meet in restaurants. Learn to cook a few things, invite people over, and share your home and table.

It’s no secret that Ruth has excellent taste. Check out her collection of the latest cuisine, recipes, and musings on food culture here on Flipboard:

Ruth Reichl by Ruth Reichl

~ShonaS is curating “Holiday Road (6/27)

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Big Ideas Gets a Bit Bigger


We’ve got a special place for people aspiring to make the world better: it’s called Big Ideas. This category, which debuted last year, celebrates innovation and the visionaries driving it. Their quests are as diverse as beating cancer, solving poverty, protecting nature, and inspiring the next generation to further today’s achievements. The category also sports an eponymous magazine, updated daily, that highlights a broad range of news that just might be game-changing for humanity.

Today, Big Ideas is excited to welcome a new crop of organizations working hard to make a difference. They’ve all created new Flipboard magazines around some key issues of our day: sustainability, access to healthcare and education, women’s issues, and more. You can browse these new additions by tapping on the covers below, or head over to the Big Ideas category in the Content Guide (it’s listed under Books) to explore a range of organizations, causes and magazines.

Inspiration by Stand Up 2 Cancer: Articles, photos and videos that strive to offer hope and strength to people touched by cancer.

Making the Impossible Possible by XPRIZE: A showcase of breakthrough inventions that could change the world.

Best of Sierra Magazine by Sierra Club: A collection of “best of” tips and in-depth opinions on environmentalism and sustainability from the Sierra Club’s official publication, Sierra Magazine.

Women’s Health by Doctors Without Borders USA: News and information about women’s health in high-risk, post-conflict areas.

Leveling the Playing Field by United Way Bay Area: An exploration of how schools are working to improve opportunities in low-income schools and communities in the Bay Area and nationally.

Wildlife and Nature by The National Wildlife Federation: Animal facts and stories, environmental news, and other intriguing bits from the wild kingdom.

Global Poverty 101 by One Campaign: An informative collection of articles, blog posts, infographics and videos on global poverty and development.

Gender in the Media by The Representation Project: Stories on gender inequality and stereotypes, with a global focus.

If you would like to be involved with Big Ideas to generate awareness around the causes that matter to you, please write to featured@flipboard.com with “Big Ideas” in the subject line and include your Flipboard magazine link in the body of the email. We’ll do another showcase of great new magazines later this year.

~ TommyC is reading “Social Impact & Philanthropy

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Get Perspective: Bloomberg View Is Now on Flipboard

In 1981, Michael Bloomberg was a recently laid-off investment banker—with $10 million dollars in severance. Instead of going on “funemployment,” the future mayor of New York City used his more substantial wealth of financial information to launch a startup offering up-to-date market data. The Bloomberg Terminal was born.

By 1990, the company needed to deliver digestible information to its subscribers in a news-like format. After seven years, Bloomberg News grew from a team of six to 335 reporters in 56 international locations, covering business, politics and international affairs.

Since leaving office, Bloomberg has returned to the newsroom. And he’s turned his attention toward one of the company’s newest and most promising divisions, Bloomberg View, a site boasting opinions on current affairs from renowned voices like Megan McArdle, Kavitha Davidson and Jonathan Bernstein.

Expanding its mobile focus, Bloomberg View’s responsive, sophisticated site is now optimized for Flipboard. Tap one of the buttons below and refresh your point-of-view:

~ShonaS is reading “Non Sequitur

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The Week in Review: Iraq Uprising

Formerly associated with al-Qaeda, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have crossed the border from Syria and now threaten the future of Iraq. Attempting to divide the country along sectarian lines, ISIS has invaded Iraq in the hopes of creating a pan-Islamic state under Sharia law. After occupying most of northern Iraq, the group gained control of the country’s largest oil refinery on Wednesday.

Amidst local resistance, ISIS responded with a wave of violence. On Sunday, the group tweeted about the massacre of 1,700 Iraqi soldiers, a number that has yet to be verified by independent sources. Though unable to confirm the milita’s claims, the United Nations High Commissioner Navi Pillay condemned systematic executions as “war crimes.”

In an effort to protect both Iraqi and American interests, President Obama plans to send 300 military advisors to Iraq to provide training and advising to local fighters. The President reiterated that the U.S. will not be “returning to combat with Iraq,” answering speculation regarding the level of American involvement.

How far will ISIS go? Will they coerce the United States, which spent billions of dollars bringing democracy to Iraq, into further military action? Find out in these magazines:

Iraq: A History Of Violence and interventions by Insu-Ansu : Filled with articles on the Iraqi situation—including updates from previous conflicts in the region—this magazine provides current reports and a historical context for the recent uprising.

ISIS by Lulu : This magazine provides news and updates about the al-Qaeda-inspired extremist group responsible for some of the Middle East’s most recent violence.

Middle East & US relations by Casey Parrett : Exploring the relationship between the United States and the Middle East, this magazine gives current, bilateral updates on events and reactions concerning both parts of the world.

Sunni Shia Conflict by Andrea Muller : With ISIS exploiting sectarian differences, Sunni and Shia tensions are boiling over into bloodshed. Covering religious conflicts all over the Middle East, this magazine will keep you informed about the ongoing disputes.

Crisis In Syria by infinities : ISIS initiated its military rampage in Syria. This magazine will allow you to follow the trail of the extremist group as it attempts to create a united Islamist state.

Uprising in Iraq by Flipboard Newsdesk: Focusing on the U.S., this magazine compiles recent news and responses from the American perspective.

~BrookeB is reading “Design for Public Good

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Home Sweet Home: ELLE DECOR Beautifies Flipboard


For those of us who can’t even keep succulents alive in our homes, magazines like ELLE DECOR induce us into a state of breathless possibility. “What if…my home…could look…like that?!” goes the excited brain, as page after page reveals ideas and inspiration, the latest products, and tools to help readers decorate, renovate and entertain in style.

Launched in 1989, ELLE DECOR caters to a mostly female audience for whom great design is as much of a domestic essential as a spotless bathtub. Articles address most aesthetic styles, from classic to contemporary to a mix of both, and even go beyond interiors to cover celebrity style, culture and travel.

Now ELLE DECOR has received a renovation of its own, on Flipboard, where posts sit on custom pages designed just for the magazine. Browse the latest stories or dive deeper into niche feeds devoted to topics such as shopping, remodeling and the Hollywood lifestyle. Take a tour:

~MiaQ is reading “Shop Kids

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