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Besides books, what else do you read?

Blogs, obviously, if you're visiting a page such as this.  Websites in general, I think it would be safe to assume.  But let's take the internet out of the equation.

Do you read magazines?  If so, what titles?
I'm subscribed to many of the fashion rags - Lucky, Glamour, Allure - and get many others, like W and Vogue, from friends and co-workers.  I receive Sierra, the Sierra Club's magazine, and I'm subscribed to National Geographic and a couple of archeaology magazines, too. 

Newspapers are supposed to be dying out.  Do you read them?
Right now I read the San Jose Mercury News daily because it's my regional paper.  I don't have any particular attachment to it, but I know that if I don't have a daily periodical appearing with the news I will probably remain uninformed because I won't seek out a good variety of news.  For a couple of years I also subscribed to Women's Wear Daily, the fashion industry newspaper.  It's expensive, though, even at student rate, so I haven't renewed it recently.

Do audio books count as reading?
I listen to audio books when I'm driving around town, and I probably complete one every two weeks or so.   Obviously I'm not using my eyes to read them, but they were still written and they still impart knowledge. 


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Sep. 7th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
i read a lot of my friends/net friends unpublished short stories. i think the majority of the people on my f-list are writers in one way or another.

i also have a lot of subscriptions to canadian lit. magazines. mostly poetry because i can't find a good lit. magazine that covers all types of writing. i had a subscription to 'rolling stone' and 'chart' too but they ended and...well, i'm lazy so i never renewed them. :P

newspapers i will only read if i have no access to a computer. i am a bit obsessed with politics and i must know what happens every minute of the day. i admit to checking cnn/msnbc/cbc/whatever multiple times a day.
Sep. 7th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Let's see, other than books I read...

-Comic books. I don't buy monthly comics, although I read my brother's when I have access to them, but I read a lot of graphic novels and trade paper collections of comic book story archs. In particular I'm a huge fan of Batman, and depending on the writer I also like to pick up Daredevil, I love Fables, I love Hellboy, and I will read anything that my brother hands to me. Most recently I'm itching to get my hands on the Supernatural comic books. And in a similar vein...

-Webcomics. I read a lot of webcomics, some of them graphic novel style storytelling, some of them more traditional humorous comics. The ones that I read regularly (I get most of them through feeds and I have a special friends list filter for them) are Girl Genius, Questionable Content, Something Positive, Sheldon, Gunnerkrigg Court, Family Man, Phoenix Requiem, Kukuburi, Hiatus, Sinfest, Strays, Wigu, xkcd, The Dreamer, and the Non-Adventures of Wonderella (...some of them don't update more than once a week).

-Blogs and columns. I subscribe to several blogs--some of them I skim, some I read in detail, some I mostly look at the pictures for ideas. They include decorating blogs like Steampunk House and Apartment Therapy, artists I follow, authors like Neil Gaiman and Robin Mckinley, webzine content like Coilhouse and Endicott Studios' Journal of Mythic Arts, individuals like Andrew Rilstone or personal friends who use blogging sites other than LJ, organizations like Library Thing, Post Secret, and NaNoWriMo, and stuff that just interests me, like OffBeatBride (I love looking at wedding stuff even though I am a million miles away from ever being in a relationship, never mind married. The costume designer/theater person in my looooves to look, though).

-Publishing news. I get Publishers Lunch and Shelf Awareness in my email inbox, and Publishing Insider on an LJ feed.

-Magazines. I read Paste, as well as Better Homes & Gardens and Southern Living (which my mother subscribes to--did I mention that I'm addicted to design shows on HGTV? I have a deep and unsatisfied nesting instinct that is dying to have its own place, but while I live with my parents I sate it with interior design shows and magazines). I also like to pick up the occasional wedding magazine, mostly to critique the dresses, and I'm not picky about which one, although Martha Stewart is usually my favorite. I'm also a fan of Real Simple, but it's a hideously expensive magazine and I rarely buy it. As a rule I will pick up and read any magazine at all, but I rarely buy them for myself.

-Newspapers...a tricky one. I enjoy reading the local paper (the Fort Worth Star Telegram), but I only read the Life section and skim through the local news section, and I would not buy it for myself--I only read it when I'm at home, because my parents are subscribers. It's not a particularly good newspaper, either. I like to sit with a newspaper, though, and would be glad to do it for an affordable regional paper that didn't suck--the problem is that it doesn't exist.
Sep. 7th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Silly magazines. Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Real Simple and the occasional Martha Stewart's Living.

I used to get the Boston Globe, but just felt like crap about the amount of waste paper. I usually read about half of it, and discarded the sports and a couple other sections unread.

I browse a lot of cookbooks. I haven't decided what they count as.
Sep. 7th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
occasionally the newspaper (usually the guardian - i'm in england), magazines a few times a month but none religiously (vogue, though i have no fashion sense, the new scientist, empire, elle), british medical journal/student BMJ, my uni's student paper.... i think that's about it.
Sep. 7th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
I started listing comic book titles, and realized it'd be easier to list the authors: Bill Willingham, Brian Lee O'Malley, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Brian K. Vaughan, and Joss Whedon.

Favourite webcomics include those listed above, as well as Three Panel Soul and Penny Arcade.

When I'm stuck in an airport, or something, with a little time to kill, I usually pick up Wired or Bust. If I'm stuck on campus (Waterloo now, but it used to be Carleton), I might pick up the university newspaper.

Nowadays, I can also re-visit some video games like a good book, and my prime example is Eternal Darkness for the Gamecube. The Final Fantasy series isn't bad either, but can be a bit lengthy for revisiting. And finally, of course, Portal.
Sep. 8th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
a) I read some magazines occasionally, but not too frequently. Usually Oprah or something like that.

b) I used to read the newspaper every day while I was living at home, but now I don't read it as often. I usually try to read the online version.

c) I think that audiobooks count as reading, mostly because it has the same effect, even if I am not actually using my eyes, I am using my ears.
Sep. 8th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
I think audio books totally count as reading. I mean, sure, you're not ingesting them by starting at squiggles on a page, but when you're done the novel (or whatever) is in your brain the same as if you'd read it in print. Audio books also have the advantage that your eye can't slip down the page the way it can with print so you tend to get every word. It makes tackling something like Ulysses or Illuminatus or Freud a lot less daunting. Plus, they're fantastic to have when you're stuck doing a lot boring mindless tasks that require your hands but not very much of your brain. If it weren't for audio books my day job would probably dive me insane, but as it stands, I actually love my job because I get to sit around listening to audio books all day.

Sep. 8th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Magazines - I actively subscribe to and read Bitch. We also get Smithsonian as a "benefit" of our membership, but I don't usually read the articles.

Newspapers - we get the Washington Post. I don't read it as much as I'd like, but I do read it.

I don't usually think of my web-browsing as reading, but really, it is and I do a lot of that.
Sep. 8th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Rolling Stone, The Economist, The New York Times, Discover, National Geographic, and the local paper. I also listen to public radio. I'm not exactly sure how I ended up with this odd smattering.
Sep. 8th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
I read pretty much everything but horror.

Janet Evanovich, Neil Gaiman, Christen Feehan, Charles deLint, Jonathan Carroll (check out his blog, what an amazing person who makes you stop and think), Physics, and on and on and on...

I don't read magazines, if I want to follow something specific I will search for it on the web.

I am in love with certain writers and their readers for books on tapes. I will read the hard copy, but will also get the books on tape to hear.
Sep. 8th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
And occasional comic books. I used to read Strangers in Paradise, Astro City Concrete, and _good_ mangas like Black Jack and Yotsuba&!). All but the last of them in English.

Magazines include History Today, Scientific American Mind & Archaeology.
Sep. 8th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I read the newspaper (what looks interesting in it, actually) almost every day. Right now it's the Orange County Register but when our subscription runs out, I plan on changing to the LA Times.

I don't read magazines as a rule. I prefer books.

On the internet, I read my email and LiveJournal and that's about it.

I do listen to audiobooks and totally think they count. You're getting the content.
Sep. 8th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I usually read the Mercury News on Sundays, but since I've been in Folsom on the weekends I've been reading the Sacramento Bee. Yes, that is the actual name of the newspaper. During the week I'm reading Yahoo! News. My guilty pleasure is my Cosmo that comes once a month.

And blogs, but mainly yours.
Sep. 10th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
besides books
yes, all of those you mention :) magazines, newspapers, blogs...

but really, everything else. of newspapers, about three of the locals and dailies. not everything in them, but yus, it's not right to just hear one version of some story. similarly for magazines. a plurality of versions, actually.

Sep. 10th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Well, besides books. I read graphic novels/comics/manga. Tons of different titles and no particular genre. Also, magazines (Scientific American & Glamour). Also blogs but that's about it I suppose. I read the newspaper if it's available to me but if I have to pay, I don't read it =P
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