Ok, I'm now going to admit it publicly. I publish a travel magazine; but aside from Travelife Magazine (the Philippines' leading travel & lifestyle publication, by the way), the only other magazines I subscribe to are Vanity Fair and Architectural Digest. I know I've been reading Vanity Fair for over ten years now (and I've certainly noticed how issues in the past year or so have grown much thinner, unfortunately) and Architectural Digest for at least 15 years, if not 20.
With the exception of reading the latest Travelife issue (I usually get the very first copy hot off the press...with the exception of the February-March issue, when someone beat me to the first copy of my own magazine, so I actually had to content myself with the second copy), nothing -- and I have to repeat, nothing -- makes my day more than getting my issues in the mail and having an hour to myself with my magazines, curled up in my favorite chair.
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POLITICS IN INDIA
Unfortunately, I haven't had the luxury of doing so at all this year -- or of watching movies or DVDs, for that matter. The only time I get to catch up on movies is on airplanes, and I'm happy that most of the airlines I choose to fly with these days have pretty good movies. One movie that really caught my attention was an Indian film called Rajneeti, about the reality of local politics in a small state in India with a little tragic romance thrown in, directed by legendary Indian director Prakash Jha. Indian politics in one sense seems so similar to ours, with its web of intrigues and backroom dealings among a privileged minority class ruling over a majority. But it's also very different -- it seems much more chaotic and violent! I was so fascinated with it that I watched it both ways on Turkish Airlines a few months back, to and from Istanbul.
MAKING TIME FOR BOOKS
One past time I do make up time for, however, is reading books. I always read a chapter or two before going to bed, no matter how late it is; and I find I end up reading many books this way. My favorite books are biographies -- I'm now reading a book on the lives of the daughters of King George III of Britain, simply because it's so interesting to learn about the lives of educated and smart women in the 18th century -- but lately, I've also been rediscovering modern Japanese classics like The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki and Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima. I read these classics many years ago, and I find there's greater enjoyment in my recent revisit of these books.
UP IN THE AIR AND LAUGHING
I haven't at all had time to catch up on my favorite magazines. But on the plane this week, I brought an old and unread copy of Vanity Fair and, among many other things, there was a hilarious (and fictitious, I'm assuming) Q&A interview with former president George W. Bush. Reading it made me burst out laughing so hard that I think the whole cabin was surprised. It was just so funny but at the same time half-believable.
I'm re-posting some of it here, as published in the November 2010 issue of Vanity Fair.
photo from Vanity Fair