The Backlog

I got the June issue of F&SF (Fantasy and Science Fiction) yesterday and it just reminded me of how for behind I am on periodical reading. The one magazine that I always try to keep up on (and to which I have been subscribed the longest) is SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN. To illustrate just how far backlogged I’ve gotten, I’m seven months behind on SCIAM and have a stack of them on my reading table making me feel guilty each time I pass them. (This is a lie: I am nine months behind on SCIAM but too ashamed to admit it.)

Add to that the three science fiction magazines I get each month, which, with rare exceptions, I am hopelessly behind in, the AOPA Pilot magazine, SMITHSONIAN, and of course, THE NEW YORKER each week, and I feel like I’m drowing.

I’ve given up reading newspapers completely because I have no time for them.

How do people manage to keep up? Suggestions?

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.