Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Magazine stress

above all magazines from a 1 year science subscription. how proud i was when i signed up for this, it was so cheap, a special for poor postdocs like me. i imagined myself reading many scientific articles, not necessarily related to my own topic, and finally not from my screen as i used to do, but from the real thing. perhaps in the subway, or at the pool.....  ofcourse, that didnt happen. the magazines came in every week, and i hardly ever looked at them. worse; i also stopped looking at it online as i used to do once a week, "since i now was receiving the hard copy"... at least i was wise enough to cancel my subscription after one year (yet they continue to send me mail and emails to please come back. grrrr). and just a few months ago we finally decided to also trash the magazines. it was a huge pile in our (for that) too small apartment. but before that, i decided to throw them all on the ground and jump on them for a bit (i do not always behave as a 30-year-old). then we realized many covers are actually really beautiful, and tim ripped them all off, they are still ling around somewhere....
nowadays i do have a subscription to time magazine, which was actually because of this post. i discovered that the artwork i had photographed once was a cover for time magazine, and on their website i saw that a subscription is real cheap. i instantly felt more american upon ordering it... :) moreover, finally i would learn everything about american politics, what they think about europe, and what-not... then.... there was a groupon-action for newsweek, another magazine similar to time; one year, 52 issues, for just 10 dollars. as a real dutch i couldnt leave such an incredible deal, and thus ordered that one as well. and guess what?! now i suffer from "magazine stress". those magazines keep coming in every week, and although i read in the subway to work and in the gym, i cannot keep up. i am now 1.5 issue behind with time, and even 3 or 4 with newsweek (somehow i feel i have to read those things from beginning to end, and wow, do i learn a lot! (i do prefer time over newsweek)). so theres the dilemma; should i just not read them when too far behind? at some point its not relevant anymore anyways (like about republican candidates, theres only one left by now, but i somewhere still have an issue on... eehm, whats his name again...?). 
ah well, i guess i should be happy my current distress just concerns magazines that keep coming in at a relentless pace....

9 comments:

biebkriebels said...

I have seen television programs where people live between paperwork to the ceiling... But I recognize the problem. Have the same with the Saturday papers, must read every article of it.

Kate said...

Our home is inundated by newspapers and magazines, yet I cannot seem to give up my subscriptions to journals and magazines I've read for years. Now it doesn't seem too difficult to recycle them, tho.

Tim said...

nice feet! :D

Wayne said...

They made a great photo even if you didn't read most of them. :-)

Kay said...

Those do look like beautiful covers.

If I want to clear things out I'll paw through a magazine and tear out the articles I want to read. I'll recycle the rest. Then I just have a pile of messy articles. . .I still prefer hard copy to reading online.

Julie said...

I read all magazines and newspapers online for this very reason. Still read books in hard copy though.

Jack said...

I first subscribed to National Geographic in 1972. Until last year I had a complete set. It took over the house, but when you have forty years of a wonderful magazine like the National Geographic, what do you do? I tried giving them to a library but none would take them. So, I took a deep breath and put them in the trash. What a horrible person I am!

NixBlog said...

Made for a good shot!

Mark R said...

I sympathise completely.
Eventually it became too much for me, and I now use radio - which is perfectly ephemeral - for news, and The Guardian Weekly (a mix of the British Guardian, Le Monde and The Washington Post) for my catch-up on the world at large.
I still feel guilty if I don't finish it though!