WHAT DO YOU READ?   Leave a comment



Looking at a stack of papers and magazines (just from this week) I have come to the conclusion that just as I am ‘downsizing’ my life, and ‘things’, I will also have to cut back in that area. I just finished reading the Sunday Sun-Sentinel and am going to ‘attack’ the magazines including 2 issues of th New Yorker. As it comes time to resubscribe I plan not to on many of those listed below.

I read:
Weekly magazines; Time, EW, New York, Basics, Hot Spots, Real Simple, TV Guide, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reprter, The New York Times Book Magazine
Weekly newspapers: New Times, City Links, Indepedant, TWN, The Observer, Variety, South Florida Gay News
Daily papers: Sun-Sentinel (and on the Internet), The New York Times, Daily News, NY Post
Monthly magazines;  Taste Of The South, Now Playing, Theatre Arts, Wired, Mother Jones, GQ, Health News, ConsumerReports On Health

In addition I use to  read a minimum of 4-5 books a month but have cut back on that, not to forget writng my next book and rereading and editing it.

I’m going to assume reading blogs fit in there somewhere not to mention the 8 web sites (Talkinbroadway, Conures & more,  Broadwayshowbiz, GayWriters, gaythinkers2,  and Bravenet plus) to read (and respond to) posts everyday, though I am definitely cutting way back on those.

And what do YOU read?



I read the newspapers avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.
Their constant yelping about a free press means, with a few honorable exceptions, freedom to peddle scandal, crime, sex, sensation alism, hate, innuendo and the political and financial uses of propaganda. A newspaper is a business out to make money through advertising revenue. That is predicated on the circulation and you know what circulation depends on.



Reading someone else’s newspaper is like sleeping with someone else’s wife. Nothing seems to be precisely in the right place, and when you find what you are looking for, it is not clear then how to respond to it.

People hear about stuff from their friends or a magazine or a newspaper.
David Byrne

“When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.” — Erasmus

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” — Philip Pullman

“If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” — Sherman Alexie

“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helpl essly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates

“You should never read just for “enjoyment.” Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.” — John Waters

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” – Ernest Hemingway

“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott

“I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” — L.M. Montgomery

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” — Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler)

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.” – Franz Kafka


Posted August 11, 2013 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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