Originally Posted by Get Smart
I started reading Details in the early 90s and it was great, or at least *I* thought it was. In the mid/later 90s it completely changed to "more words, less pics" and I quit reading it until about a year ago since the pitchures became purty agin.
Its funny you should say this as the mid-90's time period was when I was a pretty avid reader. In its latest iteration, I find the typically 1 page articles to be tailored only for bathroom reading, rather than actually insightful or well-written pieces. Most are opinion essays as well which probably require very little expenditure on the part of the magazine to have written and published rather than an actual researched, engaging piece of writing.
The most annoying part of the magazine for me is that oftentimes they strive for an art photo angle for their clothing presentation which typically only list designer names, but not prices. Additionally, the art angle is never particularly good, but as a fashion guide it is almost always completely unwearable (unlike GQ or Esquire which actually have pretty wearable looks).
Finally, the last page (Gay or ?) is sometimes slightly offensive and sometimes highly offensive as in the "Gay or Asian?" page from a few years ago.