Politics, Technology, and Language

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What do you read?

Posted by metaphorical on 25 May 2007

A thread on a mailing list generated a good discussion (thanks, Esther, for starting it), so I thought I’d get it started here as well. It’s based on a New York Review of Magazine (which I’d never heard of) questionaire.

1. How many print magazines do you subscribe to?

home, self: The New Yorker, Communications of the ACM (I’m a member), NY Times Magazine, NY Times Book Review (as part of the newspaper subscription), Climbing, Rock + Ice, Poets & Writers, Fourth Genre

home, other: New York magazine, EW, Newsweek, Prevention, Rolling Stone

work, self: a bunch of the free ones, eWeek, CIO, Information Week, etc.

work, access to: SciAm, Tech Review, Wired, Nature, the Economist, Chronicle of Higher Ed, etc.

2. What print or online magazines do you read regularly?

see above

3. What underappreciated magazine or Website do you think deserves a wider audience?

mine (IEEE Spectrum), FindLaw, the Onion, Financial Times, South China Morning Post

4. What print or online newspapers do you read regularly?

print: NY Times

online: none. very irregularly: WashPost, WSJ, LA Times, Mercury-News

5. What Websites do you consider essential reading?

I read a bunch of blogs regularly, but they’re mostly my friends; Google News, the feeds I’ve set up for my.yahoo. I still get most of my breaking news from mailing lists and other e-mail. Bruce Schneier’s blog is pretty essential, however.

6. What book(s) are you reading now?

Panasonic; Best Words, Best Order; The Goldfish Went On Vacation

7. What was the last great book you read?

American Bloomsbury, by Susan Cheever

8. What author or writer has the best Website/blog?

besides myself?!

So what do you read?

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One Response to “What do you read?”

  1. digglahhh said

    1. How many print magazines do you subscribe to?

    home, self: Columbia Journalism Review, Sports Illustrated (actually, a friend has a subscription and gets two copies every week for some bizarre reason, so it’s not technically mine)

    home, other: US Weekly, People (my girlfriend is smart, really, she is)

    work, self: none

    work, access to: Nature, The Lancet, N.E. J of M, tons of medical journals

    2. What print or online magazines do you read regularly?

    see above

    3. What underappreciated magazine or Website do you think deserves a wider audience?

    The Onion, firejoemorgan.com, hardballtimes.com, Party for Socialism and Liberation

    4. What print or online newspapers do you read regularly?

    print: none

    online: NYT

    5. What Websites do you consider essential reading?

    I read a bunch of blogs regularly, and am I huge baseball history buff, so I’m a big participant at baseball-fever.com, there are some members who really know a ton; we all learn from each other and the discussion forum is way better than reading. It’s not “essential” but it is the single website I spend the most time at.

    I, too, use google news feeds, so I’m led by the story more than the sites. Michaelparenti.org is great but is rarely updated. Periodically, I’ll run through the infowars and coast to coast radio sites to get my fill of outrageous conspiracy theory fluff (poli-sci-fi, as I like to call it.)

    6. What book(s) are you reading now?

    “Veeck as in Wreck” as soon as I finish it, it will immediately replace whatever I answer for #7. I think I’m actually going to dedicate a post to Bill Veeck in the near future.

    7. What was the last great book you read?

    Ballbuster? The True Confessions of a Marxist Businessman by Bertell Ollman.

    This is not the “last” great book I read, but it was great and I wanted to plug it. A true story about Marxist who creates a socialist version of Monopoly and has to attempt to market and sell it in a capitalist society. How can it not be great? I have a copy of the game too, that I found on Ebay. If anybody is interested in a game night, let me know. The rules are like a thousand pages long though…

    8. What author or writer has the best Website/blog?

    I thought Meta would at least be humble and trusting enough to nominate my work on his site, and, in turn, I would nominate his.

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