Periodical Printed Word

Part of the reason I’ve neglected the two piles (plus) of unread books which has become my bedside table (seriously, two stacks of books with an alarm clock and a glass of water on ’em) are the plethora of magazines which arrive on a seemingly daily basis that would satisfy Brother Mouzone. At present, the subscriptions include:

  • The Wire I’ve been subscribing to the “Rolling Stone for music snobs” for around ten years now; definitely expanded my tastes and knowledge in music. The Wire Tapper CDs are a fantastic series, too (subscription only). The editors and writers also host a weekly radio show on London’s Resonance FM which lets you hear a lot of the material covered in their pages.
  • Harper’s Great writing. Great ideas. Nice to see Lapham still pops by now and again. You should subscribe to their weekly e-mail, too. ‘Nuff said.
  • Good It’s like all the stuff I liked about Adbusters, without the high-falutin’-ness. Again, great ideas with a social bent. A+++ Would renew again.
  • The New Yorker Need I say more?
  • MAD Magazine Yes, I’m still a twelve-year old at heart. And by “heart”, I mean maturity-wise, too.
  • Wired Another one of those that I’ve had a subscription to for ages. I threw out close to eight years’ worth of ’em just before my daughter was born as space was becoming a premium around these parts. I kinda wished I’d saved ’em now so I could go back and re-read stories of browser battles from days of yore.
  • Mental Floss Someone has to take on the role of Cliff Clavin when the boys get together to tip a few jars.
  • The Walrus Not to give a back-handed compliment, but it’s the Canadian version of Harper’s. Editor, Ken Alexander, runs a nice, tight ship.
  • MAKE I used to love tinkering with electronic stuff when I was a kid (c’mon, who didn’t build a Morse Code oscillator for their Science Fair project in grade school?). Sadly, I’m only reading the mag at the moment (time permitting) rather than actually making stuff. Although, I do own a soldering iron…

I used to subscribe to The Economist, but more than one weekly periodical is too much. Same goes for Macleans, which was also gradually leaving a sheen of right-wing on my brain.

So, what’s been showing up in your mailbox lately?

UPDATE: I totally forgot about Geek Monthly, which I’ve subscribed to since issue one.


1 comment

  1. We have very similar reading tastes and habits, though I think you are able to cram even more into your brain than I can (reminds me of your chip-eating video above!). I’m looking forward to when Wired issues a DVD set of all their issues. Even better if someone would do that for OMNI. I just picked up the Rolling Stone set when I was in New York but haven’t really had a chance to look at it. I’ve got the New Yorker one, too, and of course, as a Harper’s subscriber, we can look at 150 years of those online for nothing. Too much!!

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