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On Writing, Reading & Books

December 16, 2008

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I’ve made no secret of my book obsession. And I do read. In fact, I am usually reading more than 2 books at a time, as a result of my sometimes non-existent attention span. At the moment, I am shuffling between Atonement, Julie & Julia and Anthony Bourdain’s The Nasty Bits. Last night I plucked Virgina Woolf’s Women & Writing from my bookshelf and dug in. Which inspired this post.

It’s so easy to excuse away buying books.  I mean, they’re books.  They make you smarter!  They expand your mind!  They help you spout out random facts like you know what you’re talking about!  Like NPR!

But, if I am being entirely honest, I have loads……LOADS of books that I haven’t read (or looked at since college). Three large bookcases and multiple baskets scattered throughout the house, all bursting with books

This isn’t too terribly surprising, seeing as how one of my dreams is to someday own a home with its very own library.  Complete with a ladder, fireplace and comfy leather chairs. And a few cats. And a bar.

Anyhow, seeing as how I am trying to stick to the dreaded B-word, books should be one of the first items I cut. For starters, I can check out books from the library or swap on And, I actually kind of have my own mini library – right at home. I often find books that I’ve forgotten I owned.


And what about magazines?

I devour them.  Probably not the smartest form of entertainment for a person such as myself, as one of the main goals of magazines is to convince you to buy shit.  But, I love them.  They provide infinite inspiration – something I need.  I swear, it’s how I earn my living.

That said, I can certainly cut back, right?  Currently, I subscribe to the following, in no particular order:

– Saveur
– Vogue
– Food & Wine
– Bon Appetit
– Elle
– Allure
– Budget Travel
– Sunset
– W
– Martha Stewart Living

I tend to buy, but not subscribe to, UK Vogue, Italian Vogue, French Vogue, Flaunt, MOJO, The Economist, The New Yorker, WWD Collections and miscellaneous other rags.

I have absolutely no business buying any fashion or art related magazines.  I work in a creative services department and we get them all here in the office.  Everything from Dwell, Modern Bride, People, Communication Arts….the list goes on and on.  And I can borrow them anytime I wish.

I also get WWD at work, which pleases me to no end, even though they end up in huge piles at my desk.

US Vogue has evolved into absolute crap but I still compulsively save them.  I have yet another bookshelf filled with Vogue issues dating back to the late 90’s.

So, no more fashion magazines, with the exception of Allure.  We don’t get it at the office (randomly) and I kind of have a girl-crush on Joan Kron.

As for Budget Travel, don’t ask me why I subscribed to this.  It’s boring.  And, I can’t even afford to travel.  Buh-bye!

News magazines are hit or miss.  I buy them when I travel.  Which, as I’ve established, I can’t really do anymore.  I get most of my news from the Internet, anyhow.

As for the food magazines…..well, you can pry those from my cold, dead hands.  Let’s just call them research for my other blog.


So, to wrap up, my goals around reading/resource materials are as follows:

– Get a damn library card already.
– Mooch.
– If a craving for a new book arises, look through one of those overflowing three bookcases.
– Let all magazine subs run out, with the exception of cooking-related publications, and Allure.