Gift From My Dad: A Subscription to New York Magazine
During the summer my father saw me buying a copy of New York Magazine at the newstand at the Clark Street Station subway station.
“I can’t believe you’re buying that crappy magazine,” he said.
It really bugged him that I was spending money at the newstand on a magazine he loathed. Mind you, my father wrote ads for the Herald Tribue (Who’s says a newspaper has to be dull?), the newspaper that spawned New York magazine. At one time, probably during the Clay Felker years, he enjoyed the magazine very much.
In fact, I know that we had a subscription to the magazine for much of my childhood and I can remember the issue that spawned Ms. Magazine. What a milestone that was. I’ll never forget that first issue of Ms.
Back at the newstand, explained to my dad that I enjoy New York and I consider it essential reading since I am a Brooklyn blogger and I need to keep up to date on what’s going on in the city.
I also told him that there’s plenty to like about the new New York Magazine edited by Adam Moss. I love the Look Book, Kurt Anderson’s column, the Approval Matrix, their restaurant reviews and the special issues. I know my dad like the special issue about Clay Felker, the original editor of New York. And I think he would have enjoyed this week’s 40th Anniversary issue. A love letter to New York, the current issue is stunning round-up of New York history from the last 40 years.
I know my dad and I would have talked about it.
One caveat: he might have been bugged by the feature, The Most Memorable Advertisement Madison Avenue Ever Sold (page 114). I scoured it for an ad my father wrote. Nope. Dad would have had his own interesting list, no doubt.
When we got back to my dad’s apartment he dialed the subscription department at New York and bought me a subscription.
Wasn’t that nice? It’s not that he liked the magaine (though I think he was a subscriber; probably for the art, music and theater listings that were essential to his life) but he hated the idea of me spending so much money at the newstand.
So now I get my New York Magazine on Tuesdays. I loved hearing my dad speaking to the phone operator about my subscription, giving my name, my address…
I felt very loved at that moment. And now it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Every Tuesday. A message from my dad: don’t waste your money at the newstand!