- I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org). As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia! Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton. I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times. I also wrote the liner notes for the three THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me? My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored. Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Magazines In The Mail
It occurred to me the other day that I no longer have subscriptions to any magazines of any kind. I still read--honest, I do!--but the few magazines I read regularly I pick up at a local newsstand, and then I pick up other issues sporadically. My regular comic books are held for me via my subscription service at Comix Zone in North Syracuse, but I still go to the store to buy the books and bring 'em home. I do buy each issue of The Charlton Arrow mail order when it's published. But other than that? My mailperson brings me no more zines.
This situation would have been unthinkable for me even just a few years ago, but times change. My first subscription was to Boys' Life when I was a cub scout in the '60s; my last was a gift subscription to a humor magazine called Mental Floss. These are all the subscriptions that I can remember from throughout that nearly five-decade span:
Amazing World Of DC Comics
The Big Takeover
The Buyer's Guide To Comics Fandom
The Comic Reader
Comic Book Artist
Comics Buyer's Guide
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Monkee Business Fanzine
Granted, it's not a very long list, though I've likely forgotten a few, too. There were a ton of other magazines I tried to buy regularly and consistently at various times--Creem, Bomp!, Comics Collector, Yeah Yeah Yeah, TV Guide, Punk, The Comics Journal, Comics Feature, Bucketfull Of Brains, Wizard, Penthouse, Phonograph Record Magazine, Sporting News, Blitz, New York Rocker, DISCoveries, Comics Revue, The Monster Times, The Pig Paper, Comics Interview, Mad, Kicks, Comics Scene, Strange Things Are Happening, Flamin' Groovies Quarterly, Mediascene, Vampirella, and I'm sure a truckload of others--to the extent that I probably should have taken out subscriptions for those, too. I miss that feeling of looking forward to receiving a magazine in the mail. And sure, I could fix that right now just by taking out a damned subscription again, a subscription to...something!
But the will isn't there. I shouldn't spend the extra money, I don't have extra time to read even more magazines, and I certainly don't need the extra clutter of more stuff, on top of all the magazines, books, comics, records, CDs, and accumulated bound pulp I already have and continue to add to the tall, tall stack. Guess I'll have to be content to just order the next issue of The Charlton Arrow when it's available.