1. It is an excellent magazine: smart, engaged, eclectic, hip-deep in politics and culture (including literature), funny, and well-voiced. It has brought joy into the life of readers for fifteen years now.
2. It is at its best as a print magazine. Look, I read the Bitch blog and website. I read the emails and I read the ten-year anniversary anthology. All are solid, but fall flat where the magazine soars; the quarterly print copy juxtaposes short commentary with long think-pieces, comics with book reviews, sharp design with an intriguing issue themes. Bitch works best in print -- better than most print magazines, in fact. Everything else feels like a spin-off.
3. The magazine works closely with both established and brand-new writers. And here's where I feel personal gratitude: Bitch published my very first article in a national publication in 2004. It was a piece on women-in-prison tropes in film. Looking back, I can see what a newbie I was through the whole process, and how significant the great editing was. I still consider the editorial director at Bitch, co-founder Andi Zeisler, to be possibly the number-one editor I've ever worked with. She's really, really good. Working with her through several articles over the years made me a better journalist. And I know for certain that Bitch has taken the time to nurture a whole host of emerging writers who do amazing work both on the pages of the magazine and elsewhere. Their hands-on approach with writers -- to say nothing of how it feels when someone gives you a chance -- makes Bitch unique. And it makes it a magazine that you will love finding in your mailbox.
4. Subscriptions are affordable, and benefit the magazine more than newsstand sales do. The one-year rate is scaled so that you get a better deal for longer commitments. And did I mention that Bitch is a nonprofit organization?
5. I want to see what Bitch does next. Let's subscribe, and let's see.