…let me count the ways.
Last week you heard me rhapsodize the wonders of The New York Times. Or parts of it anyway. This week, I wanted to do the same for the Magazine, that wondrous medium that arrives every Saturday, pretending it’s Sunday. Here are three things I always enjoy:
- The One-Page Magazine: To be honest, I was a little wary of this initially. Yet another condensed something. But pretty soon it took me under its wing and now I’m a fan. It might have something to do with Mario Batali’s “What I’m Drinking Now” square. Not that I’ve tried any of his concoctions yet. But they always sound so lovely and delicious.
- Domains: Domains is a fantastic addition to the Magazine. I wish it was a more regular inhabitant of the pages. I wish I had some warning of when it was coming. (I wish I lived in the domains it features!) In lots of ways, it’s the best iteration of being a fly on the walls of the various celebrities, politicians and newsworthy persons it spotlights.
- Lives: Lives has a certain energy to it. It’s part confessional, part soapbox, part microphone, part living room couch. Lots of times it’s an excerpt (or adaptation) from a soon-to-be-published book. Or just a cool story someone wanted out there: like learning to tap dance as an adult or working for Jeff Koons. Whatever it is, I want to read it.
P.S. Since I sometimes procrastinate reading the Magazine on the weekends (aka savor till the last minute of Sunday), it offered reading material during Hurricane Sandy (read this one night). On a more serious note, my thoughts and prayers are with those dealing with the very serious aftermath of the storm in New Jersey, Staten Island, Brooklyn and the Rockaways.