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Books are my friend when nobody else can be; they offer a form of intimacy nothing else does. They do not make me a better person, but they give me respite from the incessant noise of existence. — Mark Kingwell, from his essay "Beyond the Book" in the August edition of Harper's Magazine.


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Jul. 14th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
I zipped into Barnes & Noble yesterday to grab a copy of Jason Isbell's cd that we were taking to Toronto for a gift. I had 5 minutes to get in and get out. And yet...

... I have more than a dozen unread books at home on the reading runway, but I had to stop - HAD TO - and glance at the "new in paperback" table.
Jul. 14th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem, but I'm a magazine junkie.
Jul. 14th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Magazines actually scare me. I see so many clients with piles and piles and PILES of magazines that they couldn't possibly read in their lifetimes, yet they cannot let them go.
Jul. 15th, 2013 01:23 am (UTC)
I used to think I was obliged to read every article in every magazine I bought. The result was a three- four-month backup. Now, if an article doesn't grab me in a reasonable amount of time, I turn the page. Doing so was an oddly liberating feeling.

And I keep my subscriptions to a controllable number: The Sun, the Atlantic, Mother Jones and Harper's Magazine. There's enough other stuff to read online that I don't need more glossy paper arriving in the mail.
Jul. 15th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
You've clearly stated what separates you from most of my clients with magazine issues. (as in issues WITH magazines, not issues OF magazines) (although I suppose either would work)
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