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?