Are you a maximalist or a minimalist? I think ideally I’d like to live my life maximally but surround myself with a minimum of things … it’s perhaps a tall order and a long way off, but it’s something to aim for. With the whole ‘minimal’ approach to stuff, I’ve been doing my best to not buy too many books, skirts, necklaces … well, much of anything really. All in all I think I’ve done pretty well with curbing my spending and shopping habits, especially when it comes to my weakness for printed materials …
But then, every once in a little while and despite my very best of efforts, a magazine (or two … or three) comes along to sweep me off my feet. Given that I’m more of a ‘lead with the heart than the head’ kind of person, I tend to follow my instincts. Is that an adequate justification for more magazine purchases? … I don’t honestly know, so let’s just look at my most recent lovelies instead of pondering further:
Granted, I’ve had my eye on a couple of these magazines for a while … but they are all new additions to my household. Do you read any of these lovely publications? Or perhaps I can lead you into printed temptation too? … Here’s a little about what drew me to each:
- Uppercase – A dog wearing a bow-tie. That was enough for me. But if you need to know a little more, it’s filled to the brim with all sorts of interesting people who are working on all sorts of creative things. It has me feeling two-thirds inspired and one-third jealous. Oh, and it’s printed on lovely matte paper.
- Anthology – While it shares similarities with Uppercase, I think Anthology covers more of a whole-of-life angle (working, eating, travelling, decorating and gifting), whereas Uppercase is more tightly focussed on creative work pursuits. They make a nice couple I think.
- the lab magazine – One evening while killing time at a local late-night newsagent (as you do), I spotted this magazine with Sam Rockwell on the cover. Given that I’m a little bit in love with him, it instantly drew my attention. In flicking open the cover I discovered that other intriguing folk like Vincent Cassel, Devendra Banhart, and The Kills were also included on its pages. While I can’t really explain it, I’m also a fan of slightly oversized magazines, of which this is one.
So there you have it. Three more things to own and read … just call me the girl who can’t resist a magazine. Is there anything that you find hard to resist?