Magazines are so luscious. I spend far too much money on them (especially as I am required to get rid of them after two months, no exceptions) but nothing quite equals the pleasure of that Friday afternoon perusal of the endless miles of glossy covers, with their tantalizing promises. Tantalizing Garlic Soup for Cold Winter Evenings! or Ten Steps to a Remarkable Life (only available here, in our magazine!). Training tips and life tips and cooking tips, all promising a better tomorrow.
that’s only the taglines. Often, the photos are ever so much more alluring, like this cover of feet and flowers on Body and Soul, or photos of still lavender gardens on the upcoming spring garden magazines. I fall in love, fall inside, and I’m lost to the promises.
Every week, I bring home two or three or four magazines. I don’t like to subscribe because that takes away some of the pleasure of going to the store and realizing the new issue of Saveur or Yoga Journal is on the shelves. (How could anyone not like Saveur, I ask you?) They fall into categories. The food magazines–Saveur and Gourmet, mainly, though I get some great recipes out of Oprah. The women’s magazines, Oprah and Body and Soul and sometimes Martha Stewart Living (for the photos of flowers. And tables.) Finally, so many fitness or spiritual magazines, like Yoga Journal and Self and Shape and Runner and Women’s Adventure, plus about two dozen others I cycle through according to what looks good that week. I take them home and sit in my big gold art deco chair with a cup of strong tea, and leaf through, tearing out photos for collages and recipes. I get my advice for the day, on skin care or meditation techniques or exercise, read some essays and mull them over, and then it’s time for next week and the new crop.
It’s relaxing. It’s like television, only a little quieter and more specific to me and my own tastes.
How about you? Are you a magazine person? What magazines are you favorites and why? I might have missed one (oh the horror!). Do you read specific features or the whole thing, front to back?