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June 26, 2008

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I still love to read the paper (dead-tree) edition of the NY Times Magazine each Sunday. However, I'm having a really hard time keeping up with all the magazines I subscribe to. When I do find the time to read them, I cherish them, but I should probably let some of my subscriptions lapse. Too bad they don't have online editions!

I finally gave up on subscription magazines when the last one I subscribed to sent me a renewal notice BEFORE I GOT THE FIRST ISSUE! They can't tell me they need my renewal information 11 months in advance for uninterrupted service. Not in the age of instant communication and computerized address lists.

I must be the only luddite around; I just can't wrap my mind around the Kindle. A friend just got one as a surprise for her anniversary and she loves it.

I have, however, been on a magazine vendetta . . .

I still read a newspaper regularly, and have two more I receive and read hit and miss. Don't know if I'll renew them when they expire or not -- same for quite a few magazines that I seldom get around to looking at. When I renewed WSJ last year they gave me free Internet access as an enticement to continue my print home delivery.

Sure is interesting to think about the timelines, dates, as you describe.

Am intrigued with the idea of the Kindle after listening to Bezos's initial promotion when it was first released, but just can't quite bring myself to parting with books as I've known them all my life.

Magazine's are like an obnoxious relative, they won't go away. I have always considered the "savings" to be your permission to the mag to harass you for the rest of your life. Renewal notice months before their time, gift subscriptions for friends, 2 for 1 at holidays. When you decide not to renew, they still come, then they bill you, then they harass you more, then on to collection messing with your credit. Bottom line, I always bought what I wanted at a store, secretly, so no one knew who I was, and they couldn't come after me. I was safe! Paying full price was worth it, saving me from this dubious group of scammers.

Also, the art market is at the "high end" of the investment chain. The "high end" is not suffering an economic turndown. The most wealthy can buy good and services at large discounts during difficult economic times. It's actually the "best" time to have money. So, the art markets holding up well, shouldn't be surprising.

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