Booking through Thursday: Periodicals

From Booking through Thursday:

Even I read things other than books from time to time … like, Magazines! What magazines/journals do you read?

Back in 2000, when getting excited about the release of The Sims, I bought a magazine called PC Gamer and enjoyed it enough that I subscribed for years thereafter, until after I’d graduated high school. My machine could no longer play modern games, and since the magazine had gotten thinner and less attractive visually, I let the subscription lapse. I keep them in a box in my closet, which baffles anyone who asks about  it. I maintain that one day I am going to want to read those old editorials and staff pieces. It’s mostly a sentimental value, though. Because I now have a not-yet obsolete gaming rig, I have entertained notions of resuming my subscription.

I also bought Disney Adventures magazine faithfully as a kid, since it was my only way to stay hip about pop culture.

At the library, I browse National Geographic, The Smithsonian, and other random science/history magazines that catch my eye. I sometimes read Newsweek or Times, but this only rarely.

In bookstores, I sometimes buy copies of mental floss, Star Trek: the Magazine,  The Skeptical Inqurier, and the odd pop history magazine. I’d like to subscribe to magazines like Free Inquiry, UU World, and The Humanist, but as a student my mailing address tends to fluctuate and I do not like forwarding addresses. I’d also like to try Analog magazine, the modern form of the old Astounding Stories, but I have not read much real science fiction and find “hard SF” to be a bit intimidaitng. In the future I can see subscribing to Scientific American. I’ve read one issue and enjoyed it.

I also receive The Historian, a historical journal, as a benefit of being a member of Phi Alpha Theta. Even though I’ve not read any of them in full, I’m always happy to see them arrive in the mail — same goes for a science magazine(ish) the Howard Hughes Medical Institute used to put out.

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5 Responses to Booking through Thursday: Periodicals

  1. Gigi Ann says:

    I use to subscribe to a few women magazines, but that was years ago, I have picked up these same magazines when at the beauty shop, and they are nothing like I remember. Therefore, I don't even look at them when I visit. I usually page through People magazine when I visit the beauty shop.

  2. I don't subscribe to any magazines, but I do read all the trashy rags–People, US, Star, In Touch–when mom brings them home.

  3. jlshall says:

    I have collections of old magazines, too – love going back and reading the articles and studying the ads. I used to read both Newsweek and Time faithfully every week, but these days I get all my news from the internet. Though I don't like to admit that!

  4. says:

    I know it's not the same as a print subscription, but you can subscribe—for free!—to UU World's weekly email newsletter, which links to articles from the latest print edition as well as online-only articles, blogs, and breaking news.

    Sign up here:

    We also link to the magazine's stories from our Facebook page at

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