Friday, February 25, 2011


I'm teaching my composition students about rhetoric, and we talked about target audiences yesterday. We used magazines to illustrate different demographics, and it got me thinking: I've outgrown my magazines.

I used to be a big fan of Jane, so much so that I actually subscribed (which is rare for me, I'm more of a every-once-in-a-while magazine reader). Then, Jane abruptly went under, and the remainder of my subscription was filled with Glamour. It was okay, but I found myself being less and less engaged by the topics. The readership is clearly geared for young singles, and though I am probably within their demograph by age, I've been married for three years (and in a relationship with my husband for eight), own a home, and don't care much about the latest fashion trends.

I ocassionally read Rolling Stone, but it's more for pure entertainment than any sort of practical guidance or insight into the issues I face in life: parenting, scholarship, cooking, etc. I read a lot of blogs that fit that description, but I wouldn't mind finding a few print magazines that do something similar (this is coming from the woman who just cannot bring herself to buy a Kindle; I really, really love books--the weight of them, the smell of them, the feel of the pages).

Any suggestions?

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