Right before Christmas, I received notice from American Airlines that my paltry amount of airline miles was about to expire (I’m a Jet Blue woman, really), but I could trade in some miles for magazine subscriptions. This was especially fortuitous since I’d been meaning to sign up for a subscription to Entertainment Weekly ever since I’d lost access to that magazine in my divorce. I’d become especially fond of it over the last few years and have been feeling a little lost without it. But after signing up for my EW subscription, I still had miles to spend with limited choices (I mostly avoid women’s beauty magazines because I subscribe to the same philosophy that was mentioned in that “Sunscreen” viral email that went around in the mid-90s: “Don’t read beauty magazines; they will only make you feel ugly.”). I decided it was about time to start getting in the loop on what was happening in the world by getting a subscription to The Economist. My partner in blog crime and I had a chuckle about this over the holidays, but truly, my choice was in earnest. My inclinations news-wise are to keep up with what is happening in entertainment and pop culture, but lots of times I feel guilty about this and like a typical stupid American for not having a better sense of what’s going on with the rest of the planet.
Last Friday my first issues of each publication arrived. I can pretty much blow through EW in a day or two. The Economist is another story. The type is tiny!! And the word to picture ratio is way higher than most magazines I’m used to reading. My routine this past week has been to come home from work, watch some TV, and read The Economist before bed. I have not made it very far. In fact, as of Friday, I was on page 33 out of 80-something. And then a new one arrived!! Now I’m feeling really overwhelmed and am wondering, how am I supposed to have time to read this? Should I start leaving work early? I really do want to be better informed about world politics, business and economics but I’m just not sure if I can find the time. There’s lots of stuff on TV I need to watch.