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The Intellectual Pile Up

October 24, 2013

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There’s this thing that happens to me on an almost weekly basis. No, it’s not that I forget to take my birth control or leave the house wearing two different socks (though both of these scenarios do happen), it’s actually much more intellectual than that. Can you tell I’m wearing my glasses right now? Just kidding, I don’t have glasses.

Anyways…

Each week my kitchen table turns into a pile up of newspapers, weeklies, and magazines that my mailman stuffs into my mailbox. And each day, as a new one arrives and I toss it atop the ever-growing stack, I tell myself that I will spend the evening burning through each publication. But by the time 6PM rolls around, all I want is to vegetate in front of my TV to the twangs of George Costanza, and I therefore end up leaving my stack of intellectual goodies for yet another day of unfulfilled promises.

For those of you who are paperless aficionados, perhaps this is the moment where you’re itching to tell me to take my subscriptions to Tablet Town, and I hear you, I do. If I went paperless I wouldn’t have a giant stack of unread articles staring me in the face every time I go to check on the contents of my fridge. I could also accomplish a lot of this reading while riding the subway or sitting in the waiting room of my gynecologist’s office. I’d also probably be sparing my mailman the pain of rolling and cramming each magazine into my small, rectangular mailbox. But even with all of these justifications, I cannot bring myself to move my weekly reading build up to the digital world. Here’s why:

For starters, I like the reminder that I have all this reading to devour and enjoy. If I had my subscriptions on my iPad I could simply “Mark as Read” and no longer trouble myself with the notion of so many unread articles. I am also a sucker for tear outs and underlining — two tactile functions that fail to translate as coherently to our beloved tablets. And lastly, this pile up allows me the opportunity to shut off for a couple of hours. With a giant stack of magazines at my disposal, I allot myself an hour or two where I leave my computer and cell phone in the other room — something that’s not so simple when you’re addicted to hitting the refresh button on Instagram — fill up a mug of coffee if it’s the morning or a glass of wine if it’s the evening, and sit indian style, moving my eyes from left to right, absorbing whatever these prints have to offer. Call it meditation, call it neurosis, call it a waste of paper — it’s a moment in the week where I can finally look away from a blaring screen and instead feed my brain the kind of juice that mindless shows like  Parks and Recreation or procrastination sites like BuzzFeed may not.* If I were a kid I suppose you could equivocate this pile up to a parental reminder to eat my greens since we all know that sugar highs and processed cheese trade offs happen in the lunchroom.

*This is not a knock on BuzzFeed or Parks and Rec. In fact, I might be switching between writing this and scrolling through a list of 26 Costumes That Prove Pugs Always Win at Halloween right now…