Jim Nelson, editorul GQ, scrie în introducerea volumului Best American Magazine Writing 2011:
I’d even go further and say that at their best, magazines do more than inform, entertain, and waste tons of your valuable time. They create (…) a community. By community I don’t mean the buzz phrase that sprang up a few years agowhen webheads were trying to articulate what everyone was looking for on the Internet. I mean something a little more connective still: that the act of reading great writing lands and lives where the cerebral mixes with the emotional and becomes, if constantly nurtured, almost tribal, feeding a fealty that a sports fan would recognize. It’s the only way I’ve ever read magazines – madly, loyally, almost monogamously – scouring many but devouring the ones that deserve my madness.