Thursday, July 10, 2008

Weekly Geeks #10: Magazines

This week’s theme for Weekly Geeks is to talk about the magazines we read. For that purpose Dewey prepared a little magazines meme.

I only subscribe to two magazines at the moment, but there are a couple more that I buy regularly.

1. Name of magazine. Time Magazine: Asia Edition
2. Do you subscribe or just buy it now and then? I subscribe because it costs less than half of the newsstand price, but it's weekly and man am I behind right now.
3. What’s your favorite regular feature in the magazine? I don't really have a favourite. I like the variety of articles. Besides the latest world news, they'll have articles on health, entertainment, the environment, etc, and I just skip the ones I'm not interested in.
4. What do you think your interest in this magazine says about you? I'm not a news junkie (almost never read newspapers and don't even watch TV news very often except for BBC World) but do like to know a bit about what's going on in the world.
5. How long have you been reading this magazine? I'd picked it up here and there for a few years but subscribed after returning to Japan, so regularly for about two and a half years.
6. Is there any unique or quirky aspect to the magazine that keeps you reading? I love that it's thin and flexible. I can fold it in half vertically and it's easy to pop into a bag. Sometimes my work bag is just too heavy (full of textbooks) to add the book I'm currently reading, or when we go out to take pictures, I don't always have room in my camera bag, but I can always fit in a Time magazine or two.

1. Name of magazine. newbooks
2. Do you subscribe or just buy it now and then? It's a British magazine that's not available here so I subscribe.
3. What’s your favorite regular feature in the magazine? Again I'm not sure I have a favourite feature. I like the author interviews, the articles, the reviews, the ads... I usually pretty much read the whole thing.
4. What do you think your interest in this magazine says about you? That I'm a book geek!
5. How long have you been reading this magazine? Maybe about 4 years. I first subscribed while we were living in England and even though it's rather expensive now that we're in Japan, I've renewed my subscription a couple of times.
6. Is there any unique or quirky aspect to the magazine that keeps you reading? I like that it's British. That's the main reason I've kept it!

1. Name of magazine. Bookmarks
2. Do you subscribe or just buy it now and then? I don't subscribe (yet) but try to make a point of buying it when it comes out every two months. This is slightly annoying though because I've only been able to find it stocked in one bookstore in Tokyo and it's in an area that I don't go to very often lately so I'm thinking I may finally subscribe.
3. What’s your favorite regular feature in the magazine? I suppose the reviews but I enjoy the author articles and lists too.
4. What do you think your interest in this magazine says about you? That I'm addicted to books!
5. How long have you been reading this magazine? A few years. I used to buy this one regularly in England too, I could always find it at Borders there.
6. Is there any unique or quirky aspect to the magazine that keeps you reading? The fact that it's a magazine dedicated to books is enough to keep me reading!

1. Name of magazine. Kateigaho International Edition
2. Do you subscribe or just buy it now and then? I don't subscribe but I buy every new issue. It's pretty easy to find and is only published quarterly.
3. What’s your favorite regular feature in the magazine? The articles about traditional Japanese arts and crafts, and the gorgeous photos that accompany them.
4. What do you think your interest in this magazine says about you? That I love the traditional side of Japan, and beautiful glossy pictures! :P
5. How long have you been reading this magazine? Ever since I discovered it when we came back to Japan in Autumn 2005.
6. Is there any unique or quirky aspect to the magazine that keeps you reading? It's truly the beautiful photography that keeps me buying these, and keeping them. I like just flipping through them sometimes.

Other than these I might buy the odd magazine that catches my eye. English magazines are fairly expensive here though so I don't buy many. I did try a couple of literary magazines, McSweeney's and Zoetrope: All-Story but I didn't renew when the subscriptions came up, partly because I wasn't getting around to reading them fast enough, but also because the shipping was ridiculously slow. Both of them always seemed to take a really long time to arrive but one time, one issue of McSweeney's finally arrived two months after it was posted in the US! If I do subscribe to Bookmarks I sure hope it's better. This Weekly Geeks theme, and reading about the magazines others get, has made me want more too but I'm going to try to resist!

6 comments:

  1. Great mags! I really should subscribe to Tin House or Zoetrope or some other literary mag. Though, like you, I'm afraid I wouldn't read them fast enough.

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  2. Speaking of magazines (and even Nick Hornby, as we were the other day), I came to your blog to tell you that just today NH has announced he is giving up his column for "The Believer." You can read his explanation here: http://nickhornby.campaignserver.co.uk/

    I really hope they plan on issuing one more collection for the last 2 years of his columns.

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  3. I used to subscribe to so many magazines, but I was always behind, so I let my subscriptions lapse. Now, with all I do, I know I'd never get them read! It's tough, though, as I help shelve all the magazines at work and constantly see issues I'd like to read. Everything from cooking to travel to health & fitness to books to photography. I really need to quit my job and spend all my time reading. :)

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  4. Andi- I think I still have a couple of Zoetrope somewhere that I never finished reading! I really enjoyed that one though. I've found I can order single issues of Tin House and Granta from Amazon Japan so may try them out like that. I do like the ones that are book-shape. I think I tend to read those a bit more promptly than flat magazines.

    Teresa- Oh that's too bad! Thanks for coming by to let me know. I really hope they publish one more collection too!

    Les- LOL! I imagine being surrounded by books and such at work makes you want even more of them. I don't really see English magazines very often so I'm not tempted. Probably a good thing. H does buy some photography magazines sometimes, whenever one catches his eye. They're in Japanese but I enjoy flipping through and looking at the photos. :)

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  5. I used to subscribe to both Time and Newsweek (not at the same time) and ended up letting my subscriptions lapse because I wasn't reading them fast enough. I've discovered that I prefer getting my news online--for better or worse.

    I am not familiar with newbooks. I wonder if they ship to the U.S. . . .

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  6. Wendy- When I first subscribed to Time I had an hour commute each way twice a week so I was keeping up with it but for over a year now I don't have that long commute and haven't been getting through the magazine each week. I do love the portability of it though.
    As for newbooks, I'm sure they do ship to the US since they ship to me in Japan, but it is rather expensive outside of the UK.

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