New Magazine Subscriptions
Yes, Essence and Marie Claire, I know my subscription has run out. I’m fine with that. Please stop acting like you’re trying to hook me up for being a loyal customer by offering me the regular subscription price. Shouldn’t magazines get a clue and at least knock off a dollar for renewals? I’m tired of Essence recycling the same old people on the cover and the same articles in every issue. How many times do I need to read about debt and getting a man? I’m sure that these things are major issues for most women—black women especially—but as a subscriber, I don’t need to read about it every month.
And I’m still waiting for Marie Claire to get a black woman on the cover. They’ve put Asians, Hispanics–everybody but a black woman, and I’m not talking about Halle Berry or Beyonce because such a cover would take little to no thought at all (ask Essence). Besides, Marie Claire fell off a long time ago. At one point they provided interesting articles about women around the world. I learned about what these women carried in their purses and their triumphs and tragedies. Now they plaster a 2-page photo spread of a foreign woman or issue along with a caption sized story.
That said, from this point on I will only browse these magazines online or in the checkout line.
In place of these magazines, I have picked up subscriptions to Shape, Poets & Writers, & Real Simple—all magazines with substance. And yes, a subscription to Real Simple is costly, but I like the recipes and the articles. I’ll get around to posting some of my favorite Real Simple recipes soon. I made a lamb chop dish for my mother’s birthday and she has requested the dish several times since.
Happy magazine reading, y’all.