Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Those Trees Aren't Going to Kill Themselves, You Know

Gah! Sick! Pregnant! Toddler! Deadlines! Did I already say "Gah!"?

It's going to be a list-y week. (It would seem that, for me, the week starts on Wednesday.) So here's the first instalment.

Like many people who live, work, and love on the internet, Rusty and I have found our attention spans shrivelling to the point where an article that requires scrolling is considered way too wordy to deserve our precious clicking time. So, in an effort to keep our aging brains from further atrophy, we've recommitting to print magazines, which were once the great love of our pre-internet life. Here are the ones we've subscribed to so far:
The Walrus
The Economist
I'd explain why we chose each publication, but that would defeat the entire purpose of the brief list post. I will say that we've been getting them for a couple of months now, and so far we've actually been reading them, pretty much cover to cover. This could be because we keep them in the bathroom, which is one of the favourite retreats of savvy parents of small children. Because while you can't say to your partner, "Hey, watch the kid while I go fuck off with a magazine for half an hour," you can say, "Hey, keep an eye on the boy while I use the facilities, okay?" And then what's he going to do? Dispute it? Time you?

And in conclusion, I win!


Anonymous said...

Oh, I love dwell. Even though it makes me want to live far beyond my means.

Hey, It's Ansley said...

I have a friend who has a list of things you have to do/have in order to be a true adult (have a flip phone, have a bed larger than a twin, have a 4-door car, etc). Last year I decided that having a magazine subscription should be on that list. I love it, such a fun surprise in the mail. I picked Domino but I think I'm ready to graduate to Dwell. Thanks for the other ideas.

b*babbler said...

Ah the Economist. I love this magazine. Recently US Magazine referred to it as the "egghead" magazine.

Just call me sunnyside-up!

(Around here we also love Atlantic Monthly, and The Walrus is one of the best things to come out of Canadian publishing in the last few years.)

Anonymous said...

Have you ever tried Good magazine? Perhaps a bit too earnest for some, but for me it lives up to its name.

katherine m. miller said...

This is entirely irrelevant, but have you seen this:

I think it's probably the COOLEST THING EVER.

Carol Elaine said...

Katharine, I was just coming over here to post that link. Curse you for beating me to it! Curse you, I say!

But seriously, that structure? I love it so much I want to marry it and have its babies.

On topic, I don't have magazine subscriptions, but the magazines I find myself buying most often are:

Mother Jones

Love those magazines.

Anonymous said...

The Walrus is amazing! I'm a long-time subscriber. Have you ever read This Magazine? It's an oldy but goody, and more on the progressive/lefty side of things.

On an unrelated note: Your "Gaa"-ing put me in mind of someone I know you love to hate, so I thought I'd pass along this gem:, best read in conjunction with its namesake.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love dwell.