New York-based Esopus hits newsstands only twice a year, but take a peek inside and you'll understand why. With a CD of new music in each issue, specialty papers and a hand-crafted feel, this ad-free magazine of writing and artwork strives to create a place for "unfiltered" and "un-mediated creativity." Yes, please!

There's a part of us that wants to give each new issue the white glove treatment (move the coffee cup away, try not to crack the spine), while the other half wants to rip out pages and frame them for the wall.