how far behind are you?
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THE NEW YORKER WEEKEND CHALLENGE. (date)
I vow to read x NYers over the weekend..... or else....... I dunno, or else, my pile just gets bigger!
I'm behind only about three issues! This is pretty astounding.
What do you think of the fiction these days? And the mag as a whole? I've been reading it since...... I was twelve or so which is forever at this point. I do think the latest fiction ed. is the best in awhile.
It's hard to find New Yorker addicts since I've moved to Canada. Great to find this group.
unbelievable how far behind I am. I have been a subscriber for years and I am years behind. I just
don't have enough time to do the varied reading I want to do. And I just got a huge discount on renewal so I renewed for another four more years.
When I was searching for the article on proscrastination, one of my google hits was a quote that said something like "Life is too short to read The New Yorker." I don't agree though. :)
Unfortunately, I am in this camp too. I can't remember the last time I was up-to-date with my New Yorkers but I'm always happy to get the next one in the mail.
I don't agree either that the NYer is too much. There' s nothing else out there like it. No one is supposed to read every word; you need to use discretion and discernment as in, "I don't care about opera" or whatever. Of course, it is obligatory to read the cartoons. EVERY SINGLE ONE.
2013 now)and I can never get on top of it because I read absolutely everything in the magazine, including the letters. But I'm sort of sorry
I renewed because I'm really hoping they come out with a cheaper electronic
version. Then my bedroom wouldn't be piled high with years of back issues
that I just can't throw away.
Does anyone know if the magazine is now stable or are they still bleeding tons of money?
3 (sibyx): Yes! Just like those tennis balls. I used to subscribe to Science News, I think that's what it was, a skinny thing with brief articles, but they just kept coming and I gave up.
11 (alans): Absolutely everything? I aspire to read one serious article per issue, and maybe skim a few others.
One problem I'm having is that the mag doesn't arrive at my house on a consistent day. Normally it's Tuesday--why did it come today? Dunno. Ach, the mail.
I vow to read two New Yorkers this weekend.
And yes, I also feel that many of the articles are sufficiently out of date that I can skip them. Then again, some of them are fascinating to read in hindsight. I was reading the financial column through 2006, and the writing was definitely on the wall then. But no one would stop dancing so that they could hear the warning.
And I came across a terrific profile of Colin Powell, before he was Secretary of State, that was great to read in the light of what came after.
I confess to almost never reading the fiction. And I miss the really, really long, multipart articles they used to have. There was one on the erupting volcano on an island in Iceland that was 'steered' by the populace so that it didn't ruin the harbor. Great stuff.
>My book reading has sort of ruined the schedule for me too, Qebo. It's not just the 75ers, it's the two book clubs I'm in face-to-face. But this month is contracted for some short books, so August might be good. (I do have to make that trip to the storage place to finish up 2006.)
Anywho, that's a long way of saying that I probably won't join a NYer read in August, although I think it's a brilliant idea.
July 2006 is going pretty quickly. There were several articles on science (one on pre-eclampsia that was quite fascinating), a funny article on house gifts, one on astronomy that focused on those other things that orbit our sun, one on Bertram Fields, an attorney of note in L.A. who was tangled up in the Pellicano illegal wiretap scandal of a few years before. I'll be done with July by tomorrow. My aim is to finish 2006 by, say, Columbus Day. That will bring me under 5 years behind for the first time in decades.
Definitely a private pleasure.
What I do, though, is cut out my favorite articles to re-read later--but now that everything is also available online, I haven't figured out a way to note which are my favorites--and anyway, I prefer paper.
And now there's all the previous years' wealth of writers and articles...
>3 sibylline: I love the tennis ball analogy!
I can think of a worse way to suffer than this New Yorker dilemma, though, imagine not having it available in our lives! I worship my piles of New Yorker clippings!
Glad you like the analogy in #3!
And then I fall behind.
all over the place but there is no way I could have them in sequence unless I emptied all of my shelves and put them on with the spine out.Just think, one day you will ge to read 2008 in order too. It's the one thing about heaven that terrifies me, the thought that there is no delivery of the New Yorker up there!
Right now I'm up to march 2008. The year was filled with politics - too recent to be interesting, so I should get through the year before 2014 rolls around. At least I hope to.
If I can find this quote again, I'll get it down exactly and in context, but I can't remember how I find things in the online edition, and sometimes I can't find things at all or especially find them again when I've just read them.
I do not want to quit, but fear some days frustration outweighs pleasure. We began our "grown-up life" in 1945 by subscribing. Last year switched to on-line, but, alas......