Periodically

“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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34 thoughts on “Periodically”

  1. I have narrowed down my magazines to Southern Living…my ultimate favorite…and The food network magazine. but now when I find a good recipe, I rip it out and put it in a 3 ring binder, then throw the mag away!!!

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  2. ps…I just had to enlarge your picture of Seventeen to find the date because I think I remember that cover! Maybe! – I would have been 17 (though I think I started reading it when I was 11).

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  3. I read VegNews which is sometimes full of vegan propaganda and sometimes full of great recipes and tips and whatnot. However, it's a free subscription that I probably won't be renewing. I have in the recent past read and rejected Body+Soul and Vegetarian Times – they're all great for the first few issues and then I realize how formulaic and repetitive they are and get bored. For this reason, I never actually pay for my own subscriptions – I generally get them as gifts or win a giveaway, as in the case of VegNews.

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  4. I used to subscribe to Ms, National Geographic, Newsweek, Real Simple, and a couple others only to find that I never actually got around to reading them like I had planned. Now I am down to zero subscriptions. But, I do work in a library so I get to read some from work during my lunch break (sometimes)

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  5. I'm letting my Real Simple subscription go when it's finished this year — honestly, if I had the time to think about arranging my laundry room for maximum functionality (to the tune of $500 worth of upgrades), I wouldn't need a magazine with "simple" in the title. I do pick up Food Magazines for holiday inspiration from time to time, but that's about it!

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  6. I read Entertainment Weekly — my weekly round of mindless fun — and that's about it. Occasionally, I might grab a copy of Real Simple off the stand (and I just flip — I almost never end up doing the projects) but I found that magazines pile up too quickly and I tend to stop reading them when I subscribe. So, I don't subscribe to anything but EW, anymore. And that started as a free subscription. Recipe-wise, we've really enjoyed Cooking Light. We've gotten some recipes that we use regularly. Again, we haven't had a subscription in quite some time. Oh, and when I'm in Great Britain, I always pile up on magazines because they wrap them in plastic and include gifts! Last time, I got a cute knit scarf from one magazine, a free book from another and I bought a special Dr. Who magazine with some trinkets for Kiddo.

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  7. I'm a recovering magazine addict. I used to subscribe to all sorts, but fortunately, not at the same time:SmithsonianSunsetSouthern LivingSaveurWhole LivingParentingArchitectural DigestHouse BeautifulVictoriaCountry LivingReal SimpleO (Oprah's)Travelerand, yes, Seventeen back in about 1973 or so. I loved their back-to-school Fall issue and tried desperately to look like any of the models featured on those glossy pages. But my hair was thin and stringy. I had no shape. I couldn't afford the cool clothes. So what did I do? Tore dozens and dozens of pages out of the magazine and taped them to my bedroom walls. I wish I had a photo of what that room looked like with it's glossy yellow paint and a mural of magazine ads.But back to your original question. Do I currently read any magazines? Nope. Not a one. I bought a biking magazine last fall and have glanced at it, but it just sits on my coffee table, reminding me that I hate winter and can't wait for spring so I can get out and RIDE! 🙂

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  8. I used to read music and girl magazines when I was a young teen… but decided they were a waste of money, as I got older. Now I buy the occasional recipe magazine as I feel they are useful as I do cook recipes out of them. Sometimes I buy crossword magazines too. I don't subscribe though. I just buy once in a while.

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  9. Oh my goodness, I had the issue of Caroline of Monaco with the high heels and jeans. I remember being in awe of her beauty and loved the high heels and jeans. I have a subscription to Better Homes & Gardens courtesy of my sister. I enjoy the variety of articles and photos. Once in awhile I pick up a copy of More magazine. Then there are the professional journals that I must at least scan. I spend most of my reading time with books though :o)

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  10. I read and subscribe to In Style magazine, and that's the only one. It makes me happy with all its red lips, high heels, and chunky jewelry. It's way out of my price range (the items inside it's covers), but I enjoy the thrill of the hunt for nice knock-offs.

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  11. I get Mom a subscription to Birds and Blooms every year, and generally look through it – more for the birds than the blooms.For years I read Harpers,Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker. Now, my only subscription's to The New Yorker, both print and online. The internet's changed my habits, no question about that. I use JSTOR now, and quite often have been able to purchase single issues of magazines I want for specific articles on ebay. Technology – gotta love it!

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  12. I used to read Seventeen and Mademoiselle in high school and college. I also loved Rolling Stone then. And Victoria. When I got married, I read Martha Stewart Living and then that stopped. And then when Domino came out, I was completely devoted to that, so I was very sad when it stopped printing. I also love Saveur.

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  13. I love mags! They are one of my vices. I'm such an addict, but I'm trying to cut back, which is why I only subscribe to O, Elle and Latina. Of course, I still buy ones that catch my eye at the store – Real Simple, People, Vogue, Glamour, Time, US Weekly, etc. And the crazy thing is that I let them all pile up and so when I finally find time to read them, I have too many to go through. Its a bad habit.

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  14. I read The Week–short news articles that fits my attention span for current events–father in law gives us subscriptions to Atlantic, National Geographic, and World Soccer. Quit all other subscriptions, but friends and relatives give me all their recent Martha Stewart, Lucky, More, etc. It all ends up at the recycling center in a few weeks!

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  15. I used to read TONS of magazines, and Seventeen was one of them! In recent years I've pared down to two -More and The Sun, which is an ad-free magazine dedicated to good writing and photography. When I travel, I get a copy of Oprah and People to read on the plane 🙂

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  16. Just the occasional music magazine nowadays, or a mtb mag but even the're rare now adays as they no longer appeal, being all stunts & tricks, do still buy the odd road racing bike mag, normally for coverage of the Giro d'Italia, or the Tour de france.

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  17. I've recently subscribed to the Canadian magazine The Walrus and a few other very small literary journals. For commercial mags, like The New Yorker, I go online. And more recently, after joining Twitter, I more or less just skim my tweets from them.

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  18. I've found that I don't really read magazines, so I don't subscribe to any other than Piecework (a handcrafts magazine which focuses on techniques of the past–some really neat articles which I mostly don't get around to reading). I don't even look at any of the publications for my field…definitely more of a books person!

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  19. Hey, everybody, I've loved reading all the things that you've subscribed to in the past or today. It's opened my eyes to a whole new world, and now I'm quite tempted to go to the library and peruse the periodicals. But, not tempted enough to order some for my own mailbox.(Les, you take the cake on sheer amount! 😉 I loved Victorian myself, when it was still around. Which it isn't, right? XOXO)

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  20. I read mainly American magazines, which is a bit odd as I'm Aussie. Perhaps it is because I grew up with US Seventeen too!I read Allure, Glamour US and In Style (mainly US). I also love BBC Good Food UK and recently subscribed to Bon Appetit – hopefully I have a couple of successes!I also read several work-related journals, some in more detail than others!

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  21. I read magazines, mainly when I am traveling. I bring them along in case I'm not able to focus on a book. I'll typically buy news magazines and also lighter fare like People and fashion mags like Vogue. If I'm in a cooking mood I enjoy Cooking Light. I've had really good luck with the recipes I've tried from that one!

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  22. I browse my Martha Stewart Living every month but generally don't "read" it all, just the articles that sound interesting. I also buy a handful of Asimov's during the year and generally read those cover to cover. I'll also buy issues of Hi Fructose art magazine during the year if I see artists that I like. Those I usually end up reading cover to cover as well.

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  23. I LOVE my Real Simple magazine subscription but I don't make time to read the magazines. They usually stockpile until Scott and I head out of town and then I catch up in the car (though this pregnancy is making me prone to carsickness!). I think I'm still on December's issue–which came out in November. Shame.

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  24. I love that picture of Princess Caroline of Monaco! She is so beautiful! I remember reading about Grace Kelly when she married the Prince of Monaco and became 'Her Royal Highness' 🙂

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