My first-ever issue of Rolling Stone magazine

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As embarrassing as it is to admit, I’ve never read a single issue of Rolling Stone. I’m not sure I’ve even looking inside an issue. But earlier in the week, io9 announced that Peter Dinklage had made the cover of Rolling Stone. Being a fan of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones as well as Peter Dinklage, I looked to see if the issue was available on Zinio, the app that I use to read several magazines on my iPad, including New Scientist and Discover. As it turned out, while Rolling Stone is available through Zinio, the issue in question is not yet on the news stands. But the current issue featured an interview with President Obama. The price of the issue on Zinio was $4.99, I think. And since I knew I also wanted the next issue, I decided to bite the bullet and pay for a subscription, which was less than $20.

Last night, in between various tasks, I read the magazine. Not the entire magazine cover-to-cover. I skimmed a lot of it, but I read every one of the feature articles. All I could think was what have I been missing? It was a fantastic read. I’m not up with the current music scene, but the in depth articles about Levon Helms and Gregg Allman were fantastic. The interview with the President was fascinating. And even the in lengthy profile about Floyd Mayweather kept me riveted. The truth is I loved reading the magazine and I am already looking forward to the next issue.

The next issue, incidentally, is supposed to hit news stands today, according to the i09 article. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve checked Zinio to see if it has shown up yet. I really want to read the article on Peter Dinklage.

As if I didn’t have enough to read already with 3 science magazines and half a dozen science fiction magazines, I’ve now added Rolling Stone into the mix. Great stuff!