Best Life (magazine)

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Best Life
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Jay-Z on the cover of Best Life (U.S.)
EditorSteve Perrine
PublisherRodale Press
Year founded2004
Final issueMay 2009
CountryUnited States
Based inEmmaus, Pennsylvania

Best Life, published by Rodale Inc. in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, United States, was the first luxury service magazine for men[dubious ], and the fastest-growing men's magazine in America, with a circulation of more than 500,000.[citation needed] The magazine was in circulation between 2004 and May 2009.[1]


Spun off from Men's Health in 2004,[2] Best Life was published ten times a year and had a circulation of more than 500,000.[citation needed] Best Life covered health and fitness, finance, fatherhood, relationship issues and fashion and grooming for men 35 and over, with an emphasis on literary writing, humor, and in-depth research. Under the guidance of editorial director David Zinczenko and editor-in-chief Stephen Perrine, Best Life was named to Adweek's Hot List in both 2007 and 2008, and was nominated for a US National Magazine Award for its investigative feature "Our Oceans Are Turning to Plastic...Are We?"[citation needed]

Best Life was the annual sponsor of the Best Life Vail Film Festival as well as the Best Life Classic Yacht Regatta in Newport, Rhode Island.[citation needed]

The magazine ended after its May 2009 issue.[citation needed]

In May 2012, it was announced that Best Life would be returning in October 2012 as a special interest publication [3]

Featured writers[edit]

In 2005, Best Life established its literary credentials by becoming the first to publish the "lost" manuscript by Jack Kerouac, entitled "Beat Generation."[citation needed] It also became the literary home of writer-at-large David Mamet and columnists Mark Leyner and Billy Goldberg, Jr. Other contributing authors have included Chuck Palahniuk, Jay McInerney, Denis Johnson, Harlan Coben, Rick Moody, Tom Perrotta, Jim Harrison, TC Boyle and Anthony Bourdain.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Last Page". Advertising Age. December 15, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Company Timeline". Rodale. Archived from the original on 4 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  3. ^ 2012

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