On BTTthis week:
So other than books … what periodicals do you read? Magazines? Newspapers? Newsletters? Journals? Do you subscribe? Or do you buy them on the newsstand when they look interesting?
When I was in university, I would read periodicals more often because I had to be current with the news. My program in undergrad even had a subscription to “The Economist”, and I would read that once a week. In those days, I also really liked “The New York Times”, “The Guardian”, and “The Washington Post”. I also like “The New Yorker” and read some articles of it online. When I find the time, I read the BBC News online and I really like their small online magazine too. I also like fashion magazines, but one doesn’t really read them so much as use them for eye candy.
The problem is that I neither have the money nor the time to read more periodicals. My parents read newspapers; my Dad use to read books, but now he only has time for newspapers. Subscriptions can be expensive especially if I don’t really have the time to really make use of it. It’s a little dream of mine to be able to afford a subscription and the time to read “The New Yorker” one day.
I also read “The Best American Travel Writing” anthology every year. That is a compilation of travel writing from periodicals, and I do like periodicals a lot. You find some of the best nonfiction pieces in them. I just wish I had more time and money to peruse them.
How about you?
When I read magazines, I tend toward fluffy things in contrast to the serious reading I sometimes do. Here’s MY BTT POST
Hi Laurel-Rain! I like a bit of both. I like to learn something from them, and it’s true that I don’t read as much as news or current affairs as I use to. i like travel and cultural writing a lot too. Thanks for the comment!
The Economist is certainly not a magazine someone living on a budget could afford! Happily, my library subscribes to it, so I get it there. What do you like most about The New Yorker?
Hi Stephen! Indeed, the Economist is pricey and to be honest, I wouldn’t pay for it. I was lucky enough that I was able to read it for free. I can still get periodicals from the library, but it usually takes much longer and I often don’t bother due to time. Ahh the New Yorker, I like how it has pieces about all kinds of things. Lots about culture, art, music, travel and people. I’m a fan of Adam Gopnik and I listened to the New Yorker podcast for a couple years too and that was fun. Thanks for commenting!