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Read The Printed Word


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Sometimes I think one of the reasons married life can be so intensely creative is, well, many of us just opened up our wellsprings of creativity for our weddings, and now we have BLESSED GLORIOUS time on our hands. Or maybe it’s just because I’m friends with some of the most inspiring, creative, supportive, pro-active, and world changing women – thanks to this blog.

Whatever it is, my friends CEVD and ESB just launched Read The Printed Word… the pledge to read words on the REAL LIVE page. So. I’m taking the pledge. I like blogs and I love writing, but there is nothing as blissful to me as curling up with the New Yorker, or The Panorama (I could talk for day about my love for the Panorama), or Michael Chabon, or a book of essays or well, the Sunday New York Times. The Sunday Times in it’s full printed glory is my #1 luxury of the week. I would roll around in it if I could. I bounce down the stairs on Sunday to pick it up, with delight, from the porch (Yep. We get our papers d-e-l-i-v-e-r-e-d.) So this week, in honor of ESB and CEVD, I pledge to sit down with my tea and read it from start to finish. I’ll give it two full hours of not-producing-just-absorbing-bliss.

So go take the pledge. And get a button (look right, isn’t mine cute?)

And for me, I have something small to share with you tomorrow, and then I’m off. It’s a three day weekend here in the states, and I’m going to write some words on paper and read some words on paper. It’s been an intense week here on APW, and I need to breathe and think.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • http://mommyinthemaking.tumblr.com Amanda

    I LOVE 'the printed word', newspapers, magazines, books… I like to hold and touch them and feel them (that's right, I like to feel up literature). I have a rather large book collection and my BF complains about it, saying everything will be digital media soon so I should ditch the books, but that's the exact reason I hang onto them! There's nothing like picking up an 80 year old book and running your hands over the letterpress printed pages and thick stitched binding, breathing in that musty mixture of aged paper and ink… ahhhh I want to go home and get started on the ever-growing stack of books on my nightstand! All that being said, I'm putting the button on my blog!
    http://mommyinthemaking.tumblr.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07588591522609756103 spanishteacher83

    Yes! As someone who is still great friends with the librarian at her grade school, as well as the soon-to-be wife of a newspaper editor, I also pledge to read the printed word.

  • agirl

    DELIVERED? Oh I dream of such luxury. The Boy refuses, claiming that my walk to get the Sunday paper is the only exercise I get all week.

    (He may be right.)

    I'm taking the pledge. The printed word rules. And? My mom is a librarian. Enough said.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01739533284860045738 Nicole

    Love! Books are like air to me, and as such our house just has stacks of books everywhere. I'm already on board with reading the printed word… now I get a nifty button for it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06034775290696442589 Nic

    Maybe it's because I work in social media, but I'm definitely anti-printed word. In fact, I prefer the online front page of the Times, and when I see someone's real paper it looks ghastly! What's the point of killing all those trees for static, non-interactive finalized words?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02297646259317020127 Cate

    as someone who works for the digital side of the dead-tree edition, i vastly prefer the dead-tree edition. VASTLY. thank you for getting your paper delivered. you're helping to pay my salary and, i hope, allow my future children to see what a newspaper is, long after people said it would fade away.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07002438626643133563 Emily

    My brother just gave me a New Yorker subscription that started yesterday. I love it!
    Thanks also for reminding me I have a few thank you notes to write on real paper!

  • http://happynappybride.wordpress.com/ happynappybride

    I get my Sunday paper delivered as well…good stuff!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 Meg

    Here is the thing, the panorama ran a huge article about how paper newspapers are vastly better for th enviornment. Newsprint means fast growth forest are economically profitable. When that stops making money, the forest land is sold for development and no trees at all. Add to that the fact that the unsustainable demnd increase for the web means more and mor polluting energy plants. So save a tree and the enviornment, go read a newspaper offline (and then recycle it). Oh! And papermills are apparently very clean energy these days (unlike interweb technology. Sigh.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 Meg

    Here is the thing, the panorama ran a huge article about how paper newspapers are vastly better for th enviornment. Newsprint means fast growth forest are economically profitable. When that stops making money, the forest land is sold for development and no trees at all. Add to that the fact that the unsustainable demnd increase for the web means more and mor polluting energy plants. So save a tree and the enviornment, go read a newspaper offline (and then recycle it). Oh! And papermills are apparently very clean energy these days (unlike interweb technology. Sigh.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04707441750165767852 Princess Christy

    I love love LOVE real books! I can't imagine getting a Kindle – i love the feel of a well-read book. Definitely have the button :)

  • Tina

    Thanks for bringing up the which harms the environment more debate. So many more people will easily recycle a paper, but our need to constantly upgrade technology to the next best thing is far more harmful to the environment considering these things go to landfills and are often not recycled as they should be.

    Plus, I am CONSTANTLY on my computer planning lessons, entering grades, researching, reading blogs… It's so bad for the eyes. I love reading papers, magazines and books any chance I get.

    My brother just got me my Sunday edition subscription to the NY Times, and my second paper came the other day. I love having it delivered to my door step too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01377787038293960528 Stacey

    Nice! I actually noticed your button before you posted and got one for myself. :)

    Love blogging & the NY Times online, but can never replace the thrill of curling up with a book (why is it always "curling up" I wonder?).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18182268757502634911 sera

    I pledge! I admit I haven't been blogging much of late and have instead been (gasp!) reading books! And magazines. Although since I have had three magazines go under and my subscriptions have switched to much crappier, cheaply produced magazines, I have stacks of things I don't want to read but… still. I love love love the printed word.