The December issue of Vogue Magazine US contained a lovely editorial about the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Cult of Beauty exhibit, which will be coming to San Francisco in February of 2012. The Vogue spread featured the lovely Saoirse Ronan decked out in full Pre-Raphaelite regalia set against a variety of PRB-inspired backdrops. Grace from The Beautiful Necessity did a nice write up of it here.
While the editorial was lovely, I stood there in Chapters for a moment contemplating whether or not I would buy the issue. As I thumbed through the magazine, I ultimately decided to pass it up.
I have a problem with magazines. They take up valuable real estate on my bookshelves, and once I’ve bought one, it can be tough to part with, because I reallly do enjoy looking through them. That’s why I love blogs so much – there are so many fabulous writers out there, many of whom are also great photographers, and if you want to return to a post, it’s easy to do and doesn’t require cluttering up your home. I’m also a fan of magazines on the iPad for the same reason (Vogue has an iPad app, but it doesn’t include full digital versions of the magazine).
Do many of you still buy magazines? I haven’t bought them in years, except for Vogue’s September issue, which I try to recycle promptly. It might sound a little extreme, but I hate to bring clutter into the house, especially at Christmas time, when there is so much other stuff competing for attention. Maybe it’s just a phase, but right now I have very little nostalgia for print magazines. They seem a little like relics of a bygone era.