In Health continues to publish a challenging mix

Magazine Rack

September 28, 1990|By Michael Wentzel | Michael Wentzel,Special to The Evening Sun

WHERE MIGHT someone go to find reliable information on rubdowns, the use of hand weights in exercise, menus for cancer patients or the future of food engineering?

The September/October issue of In Health.

Where would a reader look for healthful recipes for pork burritos and shrimp kabobs, a consumer's guide to take-home medical test kits and a report on smuggled, illegal drugs and the search for a cure for AIDS?

The same answer as above.

In Health, once known as Hippocrates, has developed a solid and remarkable formula which is better realized with every issue. This is a magazine that both welcomes and challenges the reader.

Frank Browning tells the tragic and personal story of the desperation of those with AIDS and of secret experiments with a drug that promises both hope and serious side effects. Patrick Cooke finds equal tragedy in his report on the Indian Health Service, the significantly high death rates among Indians and the complexities of Native American culture.

Patricia Long lightens the fare with her profile of a New Orleans chef trying to cook Creole, healthy and cholesterol-free.

In Health has mounted a subscription drive. Six issues cost $15.97. Those interested in a subscription can call 800-274-2522.

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This is a confession: The long, talky article on actress Debra Winger by Nancy Collins in the October issue of Vanity Fair ($2.50) makes interesting reading, if somewhat annoying in its "I-know-Debra-Winger attitude."

Collins describes Winger's long relationship with U.S. Sen. Robert Kerrey of Nebraska in dramatic terms. She details Winger's encounter with drugs, her marriage and motherhood and her secret quest for life's meaning in a journey into the Sahara Desert while disguised as a boy. This stuff of Modern Screen works.

Vanity Fair made Winger the cover of the October issue, a potent edition that includes Jonathan Becker's upbeat profile of Ralph Nader, Graham Boynton's chilling report on violence and Winnie Mandela in South Africa, Dominick Dunne's account of the Menendez murders and other California nastiness and James Kaplan's meeting with author John Updike.

The voluminous display of advertising shows that Vanity Fair's accomplished mix of gossip and journalism has its rewards.

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Actress Melanie Griffith graces the covers of the October issues of Ladies' Home Journal ($1.95) and Movieline ($2): two different photographs, two very different Melanies. The Journal finds an "adorable actress" happier with Don Johnson the second time around. In Movieline, Joe Queenan, in an amusing piece, sees Melanie as wild enough "to give bimbos a good name" . . . The October issue of Outside ($2.95) offers a gorgeous, informative guide to the wild corners of Hawaii's six islands . . . Actor Jack Nicholson finds his way on to the cover of the October/November issue of Smart ($2.95), a second Smart cover for Nicholson. In a long interview, he is his usually sassy self, but can't Smart come up with anything better than this? . . . The September/October issue of Film Comment ($3) interviews Martin Scorsese, salutes the fine actress Teresa Wright and examines Scorsese's new film, ''GoodFellas,'' and the new movie by the Coen brothers, ''Miller's Crossing'' . . . For those who can't recognize a major wreck, James K. Glassman describes the mechanics of the savings and loan crisis in the Oct. 8 issue of The New Republic ($2.95). In the same issue, Sidney Blumenthal dissects deal-making, power-mongering and Neil Bush's character . . . Still worth finding: Oct. 4 issue of Rolling Stone ($2.95) with articles on animal slaughter in Kenya, college underground radio stations and military cadets as major thiefs . . . The Hearst Corp. has folded the slick astrology magazine Jupiter. Shouldn't someone have seen this would happen?

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