Reading Material.

I used to be addicted to reading women’s magazines. I remember subscribing to Glamour and all manner of magazines in my early 20’s. I don’t remember what insight they gave me for life, but I remember being entertained by them. Of course, The Enquirer was always good for a laugh, and Star (I think it was?) if I wanted to read celebrity gossip with no basis on fact.

I used to have an older lady, a mom of a friend, who would give me bags and bags of magazines, everything from the slicks to the cheap paper magazines. I would devour them.

Now, and even a few years back… I just don’t read magazines anymore. Last year Tony had a credit from something or other and we had to redeem them for magazines, and I remember being annoyed that we had to do so because “those magazines just sit around being unread.” I don’t even read the headlines that sit on the rack in the grocery store. They hold no interest for me. Shocking, I know.

I can’t remember what held my interest in those things anymore. I guess it’s safe to say that is yet another area where the Internet has taken over for me… free reading and the ability to easily research or verify things.

How DO magazine businesses stay in business these days? Kind of like the phone book for me… they still drop those things on my front doorstep and I sigh in exasperation and put them in the recycle bin without even cracking it open.

Newspapers are still fun to me, there’s something so perfect about sitting down on Sunday with Tony and going through the paper together, getting the coupons out, reading the travel section and comics, and seeing what sales are going on.



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14 responses to “Reading Material.

  1. The only magazine that I look forward to getting is Cycling (and Guitar Player when I subscribed to it). I guess you hit a point where you need to be passionate about something in order to read more about it in a magazine.

    • I think you may be right about that… I guess I’m not passionate about anything enough to have it sitting around in the house. Too much clutter as it is!

  2. I think it all depends on the magazine! I can’t do without my All You and Southern Living! All You has tons of coupons in each magazine, and I have it cut up within an hour of it arriving lol. Other magazines, I agree, not worth it!

  3. I still read quite a few magazines–Subscriptions, all! I never found those tabloid type papers at the Market of any interest because I knew it was all lies or truths that had been stretched to “sell” these trash-sheets….
    There are a few Mags that I truly look forward to and that fill in the kind of information that isn’t on The Internet, believe it or not. I hope they will alwayts exist for as long as I live, and beyond.

    • I now find myself curious about what magazines you read…? I agree, trash sheets are a worthless waste of time. I have no idea why I took the time to read that crap!

  4. Tony

    Yes, William and I are looking for the best deals that are out there. He is learning quickly. XXOXOXO :mrgreen:

  5. tinyhands

    My dad used to keep renewing my subscription to Business Week as a “gift.” I would just leaf through, tear out the few (usually less than 6) pages that I wanted to read, then recycled the rest. Eventually. I finally begged him to stop, that it was too wasteful. We still have NPR in common though.
    (thanks for the reminder that I need to do it too)

    • NPR has some good stuff on it, but that doesn’t have to “sit” somewhere in a pile cluttering things up, right?
      Thanks for the link on the yellow page opt out… not sure it would work for the no name yellow pages we get around here, though, but worth a try!

  6. grrrace77

    hehe. Cute pic. πŸ™‚

    I used to get mags, too. That industry is dying a slow death.

    Steve gets Entertainment Weekly. The funny thing about that is, when you have a subscription, you get access to the tablet version. So, we get it, sure, but we never look through it! Steve just reads it on the tablet. hehe.

    Mia gets a few different magazines! She still finds them fun. πŸ™‚

    • So what do you do with the print version, then? That is weird that they give you the tablet, too.
      Oh, and Mia is a goofball… hehe πŸ™‚

  7. I read “THE NEW YORKER”…it’s a really WONDERFUL Magazine…lots of interesting articles on so many varied subjects…and there is humor, too—They have always been famous for their cartoons….And they still are.
    “VANITY FAIR”….I don’t like it as well as I use to, but, STILL, it is a very interesting magazine. Many in depth and different articles on show biz people—-Always some in-depth articles about other interesting people of the world….
    I also read “THE SONDHEIM REVIEW”, dedicated to everything Stephen Sondheim….great great articles about the many musical shows he has written and current productions going on all over the country. I think he is our greatest living Musical Composer for The Broadway Theatre…so, I look forward to this magazine more than I can say….There are others, but I’ve gone on long enough….(lol).. This gives you a good cross section of some of the mags I read. And thanks for being interested, my dear.

    • Thank YOU for sharing… I’m always interested in what other people are reading. Especially you, though. You must devour the magazines, because I don’t remember seeing any laying around your home when we visited. πŸ™‚