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What all is stuffed into the mailbox this week? Let’s see . . . mm-hm . . . mm-hm . . . Portland . . . looks like a food issue . . . damn you Doyle!

The winter issue of Portland flaunts editor Brian Doyle’s unparalleled ability to convince world-class writers to contribute to his magazine. This time, damn him, he has pieces from Michael Pollan, Pico Iyer, and Edward Hoagland. Pollan to Iyer to Hoagland—man, there’s an infield. To be accurate, Pollan’s long contribution, “The End of Cooking,” is an excerpted reprint of something he published in The New York Times Magazine, and Hoadland’s “The Top of the Continent” is drawn from the essayist’s new volume, Alaska Travels. But still.

By the way, there’s a lot more to a meaty issue. I especially liked the photo essay by Steve Hambuchen of Pacific Northwest farmers, bakers, vintners, and brewers.

IC View from Ithaca College sports a redesign, as well as my favorite subhead of the week: “Alumni See Trash With Fresh Eyes.” Robin Roger edits the magazine. (Below, new cover is on the left. Relative dimensions are not accurate. The new design has the same trim size.)

The 2013 record for most people smiling and facing the camera on the cover is currently held by The Baylor Line (editor Todd Copeland:

California (editor Wendy Miller) produced my favorite lead sentence of the year, so far, in David Tuller’s “Putin v. Pussy Riot“: “In a cozy, two-room apartment in a leafy Moscow neighborhood, I gathered with half a dozen local gay and lesbian activists on a mid-August evening to drink tea, munch on zakuski (snacks), and discuss the regime of creepy Russian president and former KGB thug Vladimir Putin.” Love the opening spread, too:

Good words alerts:

— Binghamton University Magazine (Diana Bean edits) has a recurring feature called “The Other Side,” and in the Fall 2012 issue devotes it to a four-question Q&A with associate professor Steven Tammariello, who at age 43 still plays football for the semi-pro Cortland Bulldogs. (I know what you’re thinking . . . another story about a PhD biologist who plays semi-pro football?) My favorite line: “I used to be the only player with a PhD, but one of our defensive linemen earned his doctorate in organic chemistry from Cornell, so I have some company.”

— My second-favorite lead sentence so far in 2013 comes from Immaculata Magazine: “When Bob Kelly’s radio station asked if he knew a football expert who could be on their morning show The Breakfast Club, he immediately said, ‘I know just the nun!'”

— Extraordinary, moving essay by Mel Livatino, “Dogged by the Dark,” in the latest Notre Dame Magazine, Kerry Temple, editor.

Finally, since I began this post with my nose out of joint—damn you, Brian Doyle!—I will end with this great spread, from the Fall 2012 Medicine at Michigan. The photo illustration is by Clint Blowers; editor of the magazine is Richard F. Krupinski.

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The newest issue of Rochester Review, from the University of Rochester (Scott Hauser, editor), shipped with a bonus insert: four window decals, assuming you can still call those newfangled static-cling sticker things “decals.” The exercise in decalcomania includes a standard university coat-of-arms sticker, a mascot sticker (Rochester sports teams are the Yellowjackets), and one each for alumni and parents. (Not that you care, but I’m feeling damned clever for figuring out how to scan one of these things, even if I did make the solid white letters look like they’re rendered in a camouflage motif. It’s Friday afternoon as I write this and I’m ready for some easy amusement.)

The latest magazine to have a little work done is Baylor Line from the Baylor University alumni association. The magazine’s art director, John Sizing, led the redesign, the magazine’s first facelift in 10 years. New typefaces, bigger photographs, reconfigured departments, and a much-changed cover design. Now Sizing and editor Todd Copeland can sit back and enjoy all those letters from people who can’t believe that the magazine ruined, ruined the design they didn’t know they loved until it was gone.

Baylor Line old:

Baylor Line new:

The winter issue of Xavier, from Xavier University in Cincinnati, has the sort of story that doesn’t often grace the cover of an alumni magazine. Jacob Baynham’s “The Man Who Brought Down the Mob” profiles alum Vincent Presutti, who spent years as an FBI undercover agent. I love this callout: “Al is one of the funniest guys I ever met. But this was a guy who also beat a guy to death.” And I have to say, in my 18+ years of writing for a university magazine, I’ve never gotten to scribble anything like this:

Marcello drove them over the causeway, a long and lonely stroke of pavement over Lake Pontchartrain. At that time of night no other cars were on the road. Presutti looked down at the inky water below him, wondering if he was being chauffeured to his death. The man sitting next to him leaned over and whispered in a Brooklyn accent, “Yo, not for nuttin’, but if we get two in the coconut, they’re never gonna find our f***in’ bodies.”

“Two in the coconut”—sounds just like a faculty senate meeting. Skip Tate is editor.

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Baylor Line, magazine of the Baylor Alumni Association (Todd Copeland, editor), takes good advantage of the wonderful photography of Baylor alumna Martha Swope. For 40 years, Swope shot dancers and actors with uncommon skill and instinct, and Baylor Line devotes its cover and eight pages to images of Leonard Bernstein, Mikhail Baryshnikov, a very young Sarah Jessica Parker in the lead role of Annie, and Betty Buckley.

A couple of issues of Bonaventure Magazine (Beth Eberth edits), from St. Bonaventure University in New York, found their way to my mailbox, and the Spring/Summer 2010 edition features on its cover rollergirl Jennifer Eskin. When I perused the Fall 2010 issue of Denison, I found an alumni note on Amy Spears (right) who, it so happens, also is a rollergirl. That’s two alumni rollergirls—one more and we officially have a trend.

While I’m on the subject of Denison, it has a tremendous cover story by Steve Nery about American combat veterans who suffer from PTSD, “Home is Where the Heartbreak Is.” On the cover and the magazine’s first eight pages are wrenching photographs by Erin Trieb of vets back from Afghanistan, the funeral of a soldier who committed suicide shortly after his return to the States, and the grieving fiancee of a soldier who, the day after his return from the Afghan war, beat her up and later died of what was first thought to be suicide, but later determined to be pneumonia. To me, this is university magazine work at its best. Editor at Denison is Maureen Harmon.