One day, feeling overwhelmed by my massive stack of unread magazines, I started a list of magazines and journals come into my home and office. When I mentioned this to my friend Alison Buchbinder, a second-year fellow in the Winterthur program, she said I should "definitely post this to the blog" because the variety, and rationale for subscribing, were so interesting.
So here it is - almost thirty different subscriptions. Why so many? Some are, obviously, relevant to the museum field, others reflect personal interests, and a few are to give me a better understanding about a particular audience that may, or may not, come to museums. One is a mystery, another is a mistake. The three tween magazines come to my incomparable dog so I can track who they sell his name to (no credit card offers have come to Shadow K. Wilkening . . . yet).
Now I think nearly 30 is pretty excessive, but James has told me that he gets far more than that. My colleague Sally is also inundated in the name of research. And this does not even include online subscriptions and e-newsletters. Is it any wonder there is a backlog??
- Boston Globe
- Quincy Sun (my local weekly)
- Wall Street Journal
- The Journal of Heritage Stewardship (National Park Service)
- Museums and Social Issues
- Adorn (Gen Y research - I think it is fascinating that Gen Ys are so concerned about "embellishing life," in this case through crafts)
- Better Homes and Gardens (it was free, Baby Boomer research mostly, but I do like the recipes)
- Bon Appetit (actually, my husband gets this)
- Common Ground (National Park Service)
- Cottage Living (a mistake - it was free but I checked the wrong box and got this instead of Old House Journal. Oops.)
- Country Living (UK, not US - I just love it)
- Discovery Girls (tween research)
- English Heritage
- Family Fun (another free one, Gen X parent research)
- Fast Company (fabulous business magazine)
- Girls Life (tween research)
- Gourmet (actually, my husband again . . . )
- Historic New England Magazine
- History News
- Martha Stewart Living (a gift from a friend, comes in handy for Boomer women research)
- Media (not sure why this comes to me)
- National Geographic Traveler (one of those free ones, again)
- National Trust Magazine (UK)
- Preservation (National Trust, US)
- Seventeen (tween research)
- Vogue (Gen Y research, though I am a fan of their food writer)
Want to help me make it to 30? Let me know if I am missing a key subscription by submitting a comment below!