Question of the Day: Check the Mailbox!

14 08 2006

What magazines do you subscribe to, and why?

Gosh, these Vox Questions of the Day can be kind of nosy! But since you asked, let’s get to it. Are you sure you’ve got time for this? I certainly don’t have time to read all this.

  • AAA World – I know this is a boring way to start, but I’m a member of AAA. And I started here because I like alphabetical lists. I’m very organized that way, you know?
  • American Craft – Gosh, does this make me seem gay or what? Well, I’m gay, and I like arts and crafts. So there. We’re not talking about birdhouses and crocheted oven mitts, either. We’re talking cool glass work, pottery, pewter work, etc. The kind of stuff you’d see at, um, a high-end arts and crafts show. When it comes to crafts, I’m a snob.
  • The Chronicles of Oklahoma – This is actually a journal—one published by the Oklahoma Historical Society and devoted to, of course, the history of Oklahoma. I’m from Oklahoma, and you can’t take the Oklahoma out of the boy.
  • Consumer Reports – It’s the responsible reading choice, don’t you think?
  • Entertainment Weekly – When EW is in my mailbox, usually on Friday, I do a little dance. I love those book, CD, and DVD reviews. When I’m bushed after a hard week’s work, EW is just what I need. Or all I can handle. Or something.
  • GQ – I’m actually not a GQ kind of guy. Surprised? I used to subscribe to Cargo Magazine, which was a shopping magazine for men. It was a very confused magazine, though. It had a sort of straight-guy Maxim vibe on the cover, while the content would have been at home in The Advocate. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t last. But the publishers nicely started sending me GQ to make up for things. I’m not a huge fan, but I’m not going to turn my nose up at a magazine full of handsome men.
  • The Humanist – Because I’m interested in humanist approaches to living.
  • No Depression – This is one of my favorites. Despite what everyone on my commuter train probably thinks, this is NOT a magazine about mental health. It’s a magazine devoted to alternative country music. Or at least that’s the way it started. Over time, No Depression has sort of evolved into a magazine about American roots music, and that’s ok with me. But I mostly remain interested in the coverage of Americana artists like Ryan Adams, the Bottle Rockets, Fred Eaglesmith, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Emmylou Harris, and Son Volt.
  • Oklahoma Today – You can take the boy out of Oklahoma, but you can’t take the Oklahoma out of the boy. “I miss Oklahoma, but I’ll stay if I must and help make a livin’ in the Tulare dust.” (Anyone know what that’s a reference to?)
  • One Story – This is a clever little literary magazine. Each issue consists solely of a single short story. It’s the perfect size for a picnic. It’s a shame I never go on picnics.
  • Pro Rodeo Sports News – What can I say? I’m from Oklahoma, and you can’t take the Oklahoma out of the boy. Oh, wait I just said that. Twice. Anyway, I’ve got to wonder how many people subscribe to both Pro Rodeo Sports News and American Craft. It’s got to be a limited sub-set, huh? Is it any wonder I’m still single?
  • Sports Illustrated – I’m a he-man. GRRRRRR! Does this help balance out all that, um, not-so-butch stuff I started the list with? Get out of the way, American Craft. I want to read about some hockey now. ROAR! Oh, gosh, I drifted there for a sec. Anyway, if you’re an American sports fan like me, you need SI to know what’s going on.
  • UU World – This is the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association, which I just mentioned yesterday. Getting UU World is like getting a little bit of church in the mail.

Yikes, that’s a list. That’s not all of my magazines, either. I also get a couple of alumni magazines, the publications of two or three organizations, and I just ended my subscriptions to a couple of mags I couldn’t find time to read anymore. (Sorry, Dwell.) And—well, golly, blush—I might even subscribe to a porn mag. Just one! But I’m definitely not telling you which one. Unless you ask really, really, really nicely.

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