Monday, July 26, 2004

I only read it for the articles.
Ok, Kat is the magazine lead at our Barnes and Noble so she has the first pick of all the magazines that get stripped.  That's when an old issue hasn't been sold and the front cover is sent back to the publisher for credit or something like and the actual magazine is thrown away.  At least it's supposed to be but after the magazine is stripped it's up for grabs to anyone who wants it.  Kat usually saves me Tennis Magazine and People Magazine, now that my subscription has run out.  Kat the magazine queen that she is always brings home the most interesting of magazines.  Mostly of photography magazines though.  I like to look at the photos in them because you can well imagine they are really good.  The last three months though, she has been bringing home Playboy.   Now, I know what you all must be thinking.  Yes it is porn but it also has some of the best magazine writing I have read in a while.  We all know that phrase that "I only read it for the articles".  Usually when people say that though, they don't mean it but I can honestly say in mine and kit's case it's the truth.  I'm not going to lie and say that I don't look at the photos because hey!  I'm curious and they tastefully done.  Last month, was an interview with Michael Moore.  Personally, I think Mr. Moore is an asshole but I feel he brings up a lot of good points in this interview and some of this other movies.  In this particular article he suggests that we let the Israelis take care of Osama Bin Ladin because they are so good at getting rid of those who get in their way.  That was a bad paraphrase of what he said.  As I reading this, all I could think of is that I hope he is joking and isn't serious.  I'm not even sure if he is serious but now we are getting off topic.  This entry is about the writing of of Playboy.  I think there are very few publications that one could feel comfortable of even saying that.  Two months ago E.L. Doctorow wrote an essay for Playboy.  The same man that wrote Ragtime is in Playboy!  It may be nothing more then a skin magazine to most but it does get it's fair share of famous writers in it.  I may not agree with all that it stands for but I have to admit that I have enjoyed reading it the last couple of months.  It's an interesting magazine, let's put it that way.

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