Saturday, December 05, 2009
The Future of the Book
There are a couple of publications that I subscribe to that are not part of the usual list of periodicals and publications that the general public seems to hear about. I thought I would tell you about two of my favorites.
Wilson Quarterly's major story this month is on "The Future of the Book". Thought provoking. With the increase of people reading on the internet along with the decline of people reading at all, it is an upward climb. I can't imagine not reading books and magazines, but there ARE those who never do. I often wonder about that. Wilson Quarterly is published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. It covers so many intersting topics. For instance, In Essence, is a section in the magazine that has a compilation of articles from other journals and magazines. There is always a section on Current Books which I find extremely helpful in deciding if or what I'll buy.
Two articles of interest to me this month was one on the prelude to the Berlin Wall coming down and another on the proposal for high speed rail in the USA. I enjoy magazines that take me out of my comfort zone and cause me to think about the problems and possible solutions. They remind me of how little I know! Here is the website if you want to learn more about this magazine, www.WilsonQuarterly.com
Saudi Aramco World is a publication that can be received for free. It has been published for sixty years. Initially it was started as an information pamphlet for ex-pats who worked for Saudi Aramco but it has become so much more. It is published in Houston. I have learned so much about the Middle East and Central Asia in the articles about the peoples and customs of that area. It has a teacher's section in the magazine for use for educational purposes. It is stellar.
And, the good news is the publication can be read online if you don't want a subscription. Go to www.saudiaramcoworld.com. I haven't gone to the website because I receive the magazine, but I'm sure you can subscribe on the website.
They include a calendar each year in the publication. Last year's calendar was photographs of all the beautiful textiles from the various countries such as Kilims from Turkey; Suzani needlework from Uzbekistan; and, last but not least, Kashmir shawls. I'll never get rid of this calendar. The photos are exquisite. It reminds me of the beauty of the people and not of the hostility of their governments. Again, this publication reminds me in each issue of the inaccuracies we read about these peoples and how little I know and how much more I need to read.