“Even I read things other than books from time to time … like, magazines! What magazines/journals do you read?”
Ah, magazines. Yes, those things that pile up on coffee tables, baskets and end tables. The ones you feel you should collect or save for that certain recipe. Then you can never find it again.
I used to read magazines. I subscribed to Seventeen when it was still huge (does anyone else remember that size? The blond girls with straight hair parted down the middle so unlike my own?). There was one with Princess Caroline of Monaco on the cover, in high heels and blue jeans, and my mother said, “Why don’t you wear your jeans like that?”
I didn’t. Caroline has a certain je ne sais quoi.
I used to subscribe to Real Simple. Until I realized that it was anything but Simple. The sheer amount of magazines cluttering my family room was not simple, nor was the amount of effort required for one of their beautiful ‘little’ projects. They do, however, have fabulous recipes. Even better than the recipes in Bon Appetit.
Everything I’ve made in Bon Appetit has been a singular point of failure. The coconut frosted cake, for example, surely had sawdust in it instead of all the fresh coconut I cramped my fingers grating.
I would read professional magazines like ones from the NEA (National Education Association). But, they’re full of their own agenda, doom and gloom. Our pensions are in danger, our jobs are in danger, our whole profession is up for grabs by the current politics and economy.
So, no, I don’t really reach for magazines. Only very periodically. How about you?
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