Magazine’s Baffle Me


wired_webI don’t ‘get’ magazines.  Other than sitting in a doctor’s office waiting for your appointment that was supposed to begin twenty minutes ago, what are magazine’s good for?

Growing up, magazines were everywhere.  I’d pick them up, flip through them – my mom says I pretended to read them before I could read – but they never hooked me.  They still haven’t.  Through the years, I’ve subscribed to industry magazines for work, to things like Wired, and to various writerly magazines to keep up with what’s going on in publishing – but I have to say – I have zero drive to read them.

My mom gets a billion magazines and goes through them cover to cover like a rabid wildebeest feasting on its prey.  Maybe the magazine gene skips a generation?

What about you – do you read magazines?  Which ones and why?

3 comments for “Magazine’s Baffle Me

  1. December 3, 2013 at 10:40 am

    As I type this, the floor is groaning from the weight of my Martha Stewart Living collection. I have had a subscription since 2005 (I had an earlier one, but a tragedy during a move means I no longer have those two years), and I’ve saved every issue. I’ve also collected the October issues going back to 1992. I only need 3 more issues to complete my October collection, and then I think I will pursue December!

    I love magazines, and I come from a family of magazine lovers. We stick to arts, crafts, architecture, and the occasional science number. I am a huge sucker for cooking mags. When I am feeling down or worried, I can’t always bring myself to commit to the emotional connection a novel or a short story demands–so I’ll reach for a magazine. And of course, every holiday, I reread my Marthas from previous years, to find inspiration for craft projects or good eats. The best is re-reading really old ones and laughing at the ancient ads.

    I don’t know why magazines make me feel so happy, but they do. They are my comfort lit, and I am thankful for them.

  2. December 3, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Not much anymore. Used to read Newsweek (a ‘free’ subscription thanks to a public radio gift) until that ended.

    Does Locus count as a magazine?

    • Patrick Hester
      December 3, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      “Does Locus count as a magazine?”


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