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October 31, 2006

Saving magazines

Stephen Baker

Let's just assume that you have a bunch of magazine subscriptions and have fallen behind in your reading. On recycling day (ie. today), your spouse comes up to you with a huge basket and says: Which ones do we get rid of?

Well, I certainly want to read The Atlantic on The Menace of North Korea. I want Sports Illustrated on Pat Tillman's Road from 9/11 to Afghanistan. Someone just yesterday recommended reading Harpers on The Way Out of The War (blog post). There's George Packer's article in The New Yorker on a Moderate Martyr in Sudan. Those Outside and Bicycling magazines cost $4.95 on the news stands. Am I just going to toss them? My kid has combed through those fat Wireds, but I haven't gotten to them yet.

The big question, which advertisers are wondering about, is whether we're too busy reading and watching other things to curl up with magazines the way we used to. I'm spending much more time reading the newspaper, books, and of course, this illuminated screen that I'm staring at right now. (That's how I'm reading BW, now that I'm not picking up my copy at the office every Thursday afternoon.) Mark Twain once defined a classic as a book everyone wants to have read, but no one wants to read. Is that true of magazines today?

07:33 AM

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What a great post. It is definitely harder and harder to keep up on one?? previous intellectual interest in the age of blogs and web 2.0. I do want to read that article about in one of my military history magazines about Ataturk's role in a pivotal battle against the Greeks in the early 1920s and I do want to read my copies of The Hudson Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review and the reviews of the new collection of Jessica Mitford's letters. But as a medical librarian I have to keep up on all the Web 2.0 tools and read my RSS feeds to get articles for our medical providers. And it is great fun to read about these tools and try them out. And it is hard enough to keep up on my issues of all the PC magazines let alone the literary magazines. I keep thinking, "Oh, I am acquiring skills and so will get a high-paying job someday so it is okay to spend vast amounts on a magazines to support an intellectual life I am not leading but fully intend to." Yesterday a stack of my magazines fell off the bookshelf and I put them back and I just know I will get to them someday. And then there is the fire hazard problem. The article on Tillman was incredibly depressing and you?? be better off reading the academic journal Asian Studies than the pontifications in The Atlantic. Read the specialists.

Posted by: Hope Leman at November 1, 2006 07:44 AM

As much as I love being on the Internet I, too, also have my "stack" of newspapers and magazines. I don't want to throw them out either reasoning that I will get to them - and I do - eventually.

I don't think that we will ever be a society that will completely get rid of the printed works.

Posted by: Rose at November 2, 2006 01:37 PM

Devil of outside, the content of the angel, return hesitant what? game

Posted by: WOW at December 4, 2006 03:58 AM


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