Expanding my Mind

I’ve just been reading Readly. It’s £7.99 a month, allows me access to hundreds of magazines and I resisted it when I first heard of it, but when you think of the cost of magazines it isn’t that bad. I feel guilty every now and then when I have a months where I don’t use it much, but generally I get much more than I would if I was still buying paper magazines, with all their environmental costs.

The selection changes, so you can’t always get what you want. On the other hand you don’t find yourself paying £4 for a magazine that really only contains two articles you want, and finding that neither were as good as you hoped.

Last night I was able to read two writing magazines, bookmark and article in a collectors’ magazine, find some new information on Commander Frank Brock, the fireworks man, and read two good articles in the Times Literary Supplement, which enabled me to take my mind for a walk (as the advert for the TLS says, assuming I can be so crass as to call anything associated with the TLS an “advert”.

There’s a very good article on the meeting of Sassoon and Owen in Craiglockhart Hospital in 1918, though that’s a subject which has, to be honest, been done to death. There’s also an excellent book review by Rory Stewart. The book in question is a biography of Boris Johnson and Stewart’s review is a masterpiece. I don’t think he likes Boris. It was a sad day for British politics when Boris beat him to the leadership.

Which all goes to prove that it’s dangerous for me to have time on my hands.

16 thoughts on “Expanding my Mind

  1. jodierichelle

    I am always happy to support writers and writing institutions that do good work (in my opinion).
    That knowledge that you are doing a good thing should get you through the times when you don’t use it as much.

  2. Lavinia Ross

    Reading is always a good thing, and expands the mind. It can be depressing, to know the scope of how bad things really are and in need of fixing. It’s a long, rocky road to peace and tranquility.

    1. jodierichelle

      So true, Lavinia. Someone on Instagram said, “I feel like we have just dragged the car off the edge of the cliff, and it feels great. But people are still in the car and it is burning.” That summed it up for me.


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