she liked Imaginary Men best of all

But what do I know about chess


I work in an academic library and part of my job involves checking in new serials (that’s “magazines” in library speak!) to send down to the reading room. At first I thought this was nuts because – how can I work with all these magazines to look at??! But fortunately I get lots of math journals and boring academic stuff that I whip through so I can roll my eyes at pretentious people in ridiculous houses in glossy architecture magazines.

For example, the other day I got to check in both the Journal of Low Temperature Physics (Special Issue: Quantum Turbulence!) and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. You can imagine how happy I was to see the 9 lb. September issue of Vogue in my stack.

But I always smile when Chess Life arrives because this is its tagline:

The World’s Most Widely Read Chess Magazine

Which begs the question just how many chess magazines are there that this one is top of the heap?

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

3 thoughts on “But what do I know about chess

  1. I guess it basically means using circular logic- assuming what is to be proved. On the spot example- “That sentence makes no sense because it came out of Sarah Palin’s mouth.”
    Probably not a good example, but still good fun.

  2. I bet it was a podcast!

    Darn – now I want to know the meaning! I guess I’ll just continue to use it incorrectly.

  3. Not to get all pedantic on you, I just thought this was interesting. I was just listening to something today where they explained that the phrase “begs the question” actually means something different than the way everybody uses it. The actual meaning is so convoluted that I can’t even remember it now and thus will never use the phrase again. Just thought I’d share that. I’m a huge dork.

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