So Mr. Jeff hit me with a tag for this magazine meme that seems to be going around. Before I respond, just a word on memes. I seem to come across a lot of bloggers who answer these things reluctantly, as if they're doing us all a big fucking favor by providing answers to a few simple questions when they could be using their time more valuably by telling us all about the meaning of life, love, and revolution, even taking time to point out prior to their answers just how much they really really hate memes because they think they're just so dumb and myspacey. Man, fuck that. I love these things, for real (thanks Jeff!). I'm all for being handed writing fodder. Tag me up folks, and if'n I like the meme, I won't dodge it.
Of course, management reserves the right to dodge meme tags without explanation.
So the magazine meme basically wants to know what magazines I read. Unfortunately, my answer to this question is rather boring since I don't subscribe to any magazines. Not a one. I subscribe to lots of blogs, to the occasional theory, idea, and even a few schools of thought, but no magazines. I might flip through whatever's available while waiting on a doctor or a barber, but that's about it.
That being said, I can't just leave this thing hanging, so I figured I'll fill you in on all the magazines I've subscribed to in the past. Here ya go:
Time and Newsweek - This was many years ago, and I don't remember enough difference between the two of them to differentiate. I think Newsweek was a gift, but I haven't the slightest idea why Time started arriving at my door, and after a few months they got all pissy and started demanding money. I think I ended up giving them some protection money to leave me alone and unsubscribed as quickly as possible.
Guitar World - I read this thing cover to cover every month. from discussions of gear and technique, interviews with guitarists I idolized, the lessons, I just ate it up. Dimebag Darrell had a monthly lesson titled "Riffer Madness" which I pored over, even if I didn't catch the reference. Every bit of it fascinated me, every month. I had this subscription from the time I started playing guitar in high school until my first or second year of college. As I recall, this rag probably should have been called Six String Testosterone World.
Boys' Life - yep, the official magazine of the Boy Scouts of America. I always liked the segment about the boys who had earned any of the medals for saving a life, and they made me wish I lived in a more dangerous environment so I could earn one too. Keep in mind this was me as a kid in the 80's. I used to think that if anything like what happened on 21 Jump Street would happen at my school, that would be my shot. I was a dumb little kid.
Highlights - Actually, I'm not even sure I was subscribed to Highlights, but it always seemed to be around. I loved Goofus and Gallant. Wasn't it weird how Gallant always won? That's crazy shit.
So here's me tagging you - Tim, Julie, Erin, Tara, The Ash, and Whit. If you got no magazines, do what I did or make some shit up. Or hey, just ignore it.