April 27th, 2009 | brainjuice
I’m not the only one left who subscribes to print magazines, right? I just renewed a bunch of subscriptions over the last month, so, in some ways, this is me making notes to myself.
The Wire. Weird thing. Their website was misbehaving, so I phoned them to renew my sub. And the woman taking my details paused and said: "Warren Ellis…the comics writer?" At which I kind of coughed. And she said, "Oh, it’s so nice to know you’re a reader." Weird.
Songlines. (Somehow I didn’t notice my subscription had lapsed, which is worrying and possibly indicative. I may have been lulled into a coma by coverage of Rodrigo y Gabriela.)
The Believer. Not sure if it’ll survive another subscription cycle, to be honest.
Fortean Times. Not what it was, but reliably entertaining. I’ve been reading FT since back when it was in 6.5×4.5-inch format, and will probably never shake the habit. Gets passed around a lot.
McSweeney’s counts as a magazine, doesn’t it? Well, it does now.
Arkitip. This is a new subscription – I closed a deal for a film treatment and treated myself.
I should re-up with The Economist, which I let slip a few years ago.
Coilhouse. I make the girls send me free copies because I’m a bastard.
I let all my subscriptions to the sf magazines lapse. I don’t think I even opened the last copy of ASIMOV’S I received. I see from the website that INTERZONE has picked up, at least visually, and their rhetoric is setting the bar high for themselves. From the current issue’s editorial, at what appears to be a temporary link that won’t survive the month:
…the cultural landscape has never looked shallower or more derivative. But if, as Jung asserted, the psyche creates reality every day, the genuinely resonant and original stories we receive at Interzone constitute a shield against this barrage of mass media crap. Independent publishing must survive the current crisis: any hope our culture can escape its corrupting obsessions with money and celebrity lies in writers like ours, and readers like ours.
I seem to remember noting the other day that MagCloud now ships to the UK. Anyway, its shipping costs are very nice, better than Lulu’s in fact, and they take credit cards as well as PayPal. So I just ordered an issue of something pretty much at random, to see how these POD-magazines look…
So… seriously. I’m not the last print-magazine subscriber standing, am I?