• • • • •I read Death Comes to Pemberley. It was awful. It was not good. I would not recommend it. That is to say, I think you would be better served reading some other tome. Chief among my complaints is that PD James believes her readers are dullards who won't remember important plot points unless she repeats them -- with only slight alterations -- multiple times. Only after frequent exposure will the imbecilic readers of this book, by PD James, retain knowledge germane to the plot.
• • • • •One of the items on my To Do List this week is ordering two magazine subscriptions for Zarf and Klaxon. I've been meaning to do this for at least six months, but I can't make up my head. Owl seems like a good bet, but it (along with Chickadee, Zoobooks and Highlights) ) is available for the free at the library. Why pay good money for something I can get for free? I almost bought a year's worth of National Geographic Kids. Then I picked up a copy at the grocery store. I'm not thrilled with the amount (a lot) and type (video games and snack foods) of advertisements.
My interest in this notion wanes and waxes with the arrival and disposal of the Lego "magazine" that my boys receive in the mail. But a new edition is due soon, so my motivation has returned. Anyone have suggestions for non-sports, pro-geek, science-loving emergent readers?
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With an eight year old son and another rapidly approaching age ten, I'm finding Parents magazine to be increasingly irrelevant. My least favourite column in the magazine is the "It Happened To Me" section. This really should be called "Something Awful Happened To My Child And I'm Going To Make You Totally Paranoid That It Will Happen To Your Child, Too." It's anecdotal fear mongering in less than 150 words.
If I ran Parents magazine they'd have a column called "Settle The Fuck Down Already." It would feature mantras for mothers to recite on a daily basis. They'd all be variations on the theme that random things happen to good people for no discernible reason and maybe instead of freaking out, modern-day mothers should just accept the fact that we are -- like every generation of mothers who've come before us -- NOT TO BLAME for being unable to control EVERYTHING in the universe.
This will never happen. People being at peace with their fate isn't really good for advertising revenue, is it?
But I'd really like it if some parenting magazine started a monthly feature about mothers who drive themselves crazy thinking they can prepare for every eventuality. Or maybe one could print little quizzes so parents can learn to differentiate between people who give sound medical advice and those who do not. An example of the former would people with medical degrees from REAL universities. An example of the latter would be anonymous people on the interwebs who say that vaccinations do NOT prevent children from dying from communicable, preventable diseases, but instead give kids autism, leukemia, shingles, or moobs. I would also definitely read an article called "The University of Google Is Not A Real Place, So Do Not Listen To Jenny McCarthy When She Tells You She Is The Provost."
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Do you hate it when you turn the page of a magazine and come close to being suckered into reading advertising copy masquerading as an article? It's not unlike when you read a blog post with a glowing review for a product or service, and not until the last line does the blogger say they were paid or given graft for their biased opinion. I always feel like a fool. It makes me less inclined to try the item. It makes me trust that blogger just a little bit less.