Here’s a fun and enlightening thing to do from time to time: Peruse the covers of popular magazines on Andersen Library’s main (2nd) floor to see what the current topics of interest are! Here’s a sampling:
- “What is genius?” (National Geographic, May 2017)
- “Smart everything: Smart cars. Smart appliances. Smart phones. Smart homes. Is any of it making your life better?” (Popular Mechanics, May 2017)
- “Toxic! How to handle difficult people” (Psychology Today, May/June 2017)
- “The future of television, food, finance, security, fashion, and the 41 companies that are creating tomorrow today” (Fortune, May 01, 2017 “The Future Issue“)
- “What you need to know about our melting planet: news from the front lines of climate change” (Discover, June 2017)
And there are many others….
One of the pleasures or advantages of perusing magazines is that you may be invited by a cover article, then stay to read many other articles in the issue (e.g., in the National Geographic issue is an article about creating 3-D images of animals like a cane toad). It’s even interesting to think about the advertisements that are placed in the magazine for people who are interested in these topics (e.g., the National Geographic issue contains an “ad” by Colgate about saving up to 4 gallons of water every time you turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth). Of course, the more you are drawn to keep reading, the better the job the magazine is doing, yes?