Some people get subscriptions for make-up, coffee, craft beer, or well literally anything you want because it’s 2018 and if you don’t want to leave your home for all of capitalism’s sparkly or tasty fruits, you don’t have to! I, however, being the nerdy little book-loving geek that I am, opt for magazine subscriptions.
Since I’ve moved around a lot in the last five years I haven’t been able to commit to any. But now that I’ve got a permanent address I want all the information plastered on paper I can get. Honestly, one of the things I was most excited about when signing my lease papers (just kidding I haven’t signed a lease, just a verbal contract that my twenty square foot apartment is my home) was to start subscribing to magazines. I’m not sure what everyone else’s Instagram and Facebook advertisements look like, but I receive a lot of advertisements for New Yorker and Economist subscriptions. If you don’t already know, often magazines will offer super cheap introductory subscriptions (i.e. $12 for $12 weeks, so if you’re looking at a weekly magazine that $1 per issue). I love trees, but I love paper more and I wanted to begin collecting magazines for my eventual mini-library, so here are the magazine subscriptions I’m most excited about:
Vogue is the essential fashion magazine for women (and men, and all those in between) across the globe. I’ve only recently began reading it on a regular basis, and when I was in my teens I read a lot of Teen Vogue, however, I’ve noticed that Vogue, apart from filling itself up with high fashion advertisements, touches on a lot of contemporary issues. Vogue is not just a fashion magazine, it’s a monthly cultural bible that discusses issues like gender, identity, politics, community, and, obviously, fashion. I love that there are pieces about which books to read and which films to watch, and wellness pieces about how to stay present and in tune with yourself. I also love all the design and aesthetic inspiration. Around my apartment I’ve taken to taping up different photographs as well, of models, clothes, and shoes that’s helped brighten up my cozy little space as well–a magazine that can offer more than just reading material is a 10/10 magazine in my books.
2. The Economist
Staying up to date with current events and political discourses is something that’s really important to me. It’s also important to me that I stay knowledgable that the world is a big, wide place where there’s so much going on that I can’t fathom, and at least it’s my responsibility to stay educated. I haven’t read The Economist in full length before but I’ve read various articles from various authors either in passing or in university courses. Various contributors like Joseph Stieglitz, Thomas Piketty, and Daron Acemoglu have contributed to the magazine, although the authorship of articles is kept anonymous. This anonymity enables authors and contributors to speak their mind freely and assume different voices, and is a tradition that most other magazines have abandoned. Currently, I only listen to the news, so I’m excited to add another source into my news intake and hear different opinions about world events.
3. Women’s Health
Nobody who knew me in junior high or high school would believe that I’m passionate about fitness. Fitness is something I only started thing about halfway through university. The fact that we only have one body is something that’s really resonated with me in the last year or so, and it’s become really important to me to take care of my body, to eat well, and to exercise. Although it’s a fact that eating well and exercising are good for you, from experience I can say that eating healthy, exercising, and being mindful of my body and health have been so important to cultivating a positive mindset. In an effort to learn more about fitness and how to living healthy I’ve subscribed to Women’s Health magazine. I read a copy at a friends house and love that the magazine took a holistic approach to health. There’s sections about exercising, eating healthy, and also athletic fashion (because I still want to look kind of good at the gym) and all the information is presented in laymen’s terms which is super helpful for anyone just getting into the fitness fad. I also loved the focus on women since physiologically women just have different bodies than men.
Although it’s not on my list I also had a subscription to The New Yorker as well. I’d read a lot of op-eds published in The New Yorker while in university and thought it’d be a great magazine for staying up-to-date on current events and current issues, but in reality, as the name suggests, The New Yorker just has a lot of information about goings-on in New York City. It’s a great magazine if you live in NYC, but I don’t so all the information about theatre shows, art gallery openings, and restaurant debuts just didn’t apply. I also found a lot of the articles confusing and lacking organization. 10/10 would not recommend.
I’ll be writing specific blog posts in relation to the magazines I read and I’m excited to see what I’ll like, not like, find interesting, and uninteresting in these magazines.
Are there any magazines you subscribe to? If you have any suggestions for magazines I should be reading definitely get in touch, reading is a hobby I can’t get enough of.