Put Down the Book and Pick Up the September Issues

Do you remember the Sex and the City episode where Miranda is dating a modelizer? It is easier for me to recall a 1998 episode than one might initially surmise: both the Style and E! Networks are continuously airing the reruns – to the point that my husband the other night said to me “we’ve seen this one”. And seeing how rarely he remembers past episodes of a show he’s recently viewed, I knew it was time to hand him the remote when he proceeded to tell me where each of the ladies would end up at the end of episode.

One of my favorite elements of the series, which writers fazed out over time, was the interviews with the man or woman on the street. They are reminiscent of the scenes on the sofa throughout When Harry Met Sally – if instead of old married couples you were looking for disillusioned, sexually active young professionals.

Anyhow, there is a scene in the Modelizer episode, where a model says, “I read. I sit down and I’ll read a whole magazine from cover to cover.” With it being September, it seems only appropriate that I am particularly drawn to this statement. I love September issues: I love that half of the magazine is high fashion advertisements that go on for pages and pages. I love how heavy the magazines are in my hands, indicative of the extra glossy pages they contain this month.

Thankfully unlike Carrie’s Manolo Blahnik addiction, mine runs somewhere between $3.00 and $6.00 an issue. I am currently subscribed to US Weekly, Cosmopolitan and Glamour with a yearly rotating subscription slot (SELF in 2009, Real Simple and Brides in 2010, Shape in 2011 – I'm thinking Lucky for 2012).

This September, particularly with the advent of football season and more ‘me time’ I also have the latest InStyle, Lucky and was gifted Vogue and Elle. And on a plane or in a doctor’s office- a great time to mix it up- I’ll never shy away from a Redbook, Good Housekeeping or Southern Living.

So here’s to September, a month where instead of weaving magazines equally into my reading regimen, I put aside any books I’m reading, grab a latte and sit down to read the latest magazine cover to cover.