Empty Days

Friday, October 31, 2003

High brow blues

Amazing. Finally got my TLS copy in today's mail - subscription cut to a third, couldn't resist. I thought I'd never get it, it was so cheap. The other option ("how to spend your money when you don't really have any") was buying better food over a longer period of time. The problem with better food is that it doesn't really make that much of a difference, not to me at least. I am an awful cook and, well, instead of eating it's mostly smoking with me, so... Whereas a TLS subscription is like, say, going to movies all week long.

I used to subscribe to The New Yorker too, when I had a job etc, but it's not an experience I remember fondly. Too shallow by my standards. Elitist socialite type of thing, and I am too far-removed from that particular crowd. What do I care about fall fashion or, say, how the rest of the world is so not New York... what a surprise. Well, I am being unfair-sarcastic here. They do sport some really good stuff from time to time but it definitely gets lost in all the blah-blah garbage.
I could say as much against TLS though but its faults are of another kind. For instance - it's kind of boring, stuck up, unimaginative, horrendously formal. I can't understand why they even print verse with this sort of attitude (they do - and it always feels like a translation from Virgil or something). But, for all that, it's one hell of an informative paper. Never shallow, or chatty, or happy mindless - and I like to get mad at the "too conservative" bits. Perhaps the fact that it's made in UK is another big factor with me. I need a gasp of Europe from time to time, not too much, just enough to feel I am not all lost out here. "Lost in America" is not just an expression or funny title for a film - it's damn real with some people.

So, all things considered, it's one positive event in my life and the fact that weather has improved starting today might be something of a good omen. Not for long, I am sure, but small things count too. One two three - cut!

[ Amended: ...like hell I was going to get it at the third of the price... just got my bill and it's *not* what I've signed up for... being generally muddled-headed I can't really be sure I didn't get it all wrong from the start... what puzzles me is how i could get it so wrong when I clearly remember gloating over that promotion forever and ever until i finally decided to go for it... i've been scammed, gentlemen... ]





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