I LOVE your magazine! As a 35-year-old, the time I spend really reading and absorbing the content within the cover of your magazine eclipses the quick flipping through that I find myself doing with other "fluff" magazines. As a woman of substance, I need a magazine of substance, which is precisely what your publication delivers, without fail. Keep up the incredible work -- and if you ever seek out someone to write a short piece who works cheap (free), drop me a line.
--Gretchen, Austin, TX
As I retrieve my newest issue of More Magazine I become buoyant at first glance of the cover. If, per chance, you are running an anti-aging article, (and when aren’t you) or the ultimate guide to organizing for the absolute last time, or the best - how to lose twenty pounds in twenty days while sleeping, I am in heaven. For as old as I get I adore magazines.
Hurrah for the vain and superficial, which I heartedly indulge in when I am able and titillated by such. And thanks for More Magazine, which so satisfies this hedonistic behavior in my being.
As to the seriously posed argument in your Editor’s Letter “…abandon the allegedly superficial interests of youth…” You nailed it. If you got a bit of brains, and for the lucky, getting older exacerbates this ingredient, and if you still hanker to look good - where’s the conflict?” In fact, if you get to a certain age dumb as wood it ain’t easy to get up to snuff, whereas when you reach a certain age the being “pretty” part is gleeful to be on the inside track of the newest magic on the block.
Whether strewn across my bed, stuffed in a chair or lying on my desk More Magazine melds well with my other “propaganda.”
--Rhoda Schild, New York, NY
Loved your column. As a woman who divides her wardrobe between steel toe boots for auditing paper machines for "slime" and fashion that reflects my personal style, I well understand the beauty vs. brains conflict. As an industrial microbiologist, I often got frustrated that people couldn't believe that scientists could love fashion (or have a wicked sense of humor). It is easier now. It could be because women are now accepted in non-traditional jobs or since I turned 60 this year, I am simply more confident in whom I am than when I was in my 20's.
Keep up the good work. MORE is the only "women's magazine" I subscribe to. More hits the right balance of meaty articles and a bit of fun.
I have subscribed to "MORE" because it has appealed to me because it is beyond "Glamour" and "Seventeen" Magazines. However, at the ripe age of 57, I am quite frustrated with the lack of material for the women over age 55. Years ago, I subscribed to "Lear's" and loved the
content for the aging woman; John Bradshaw's columns, fashion insight, and life changing articles.
Your example of a woman age 59, with long, beautiful, slightly graying hair is NOT the norm. Let's be a little more honest and get to the hearts of the aging baby boomers. Most of us have health problems maintaining a decent weight, with the menopausal weight gains and other health issues, such as Type II diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer and orthopedic issues.
Most of us are struggling with our family life changing with emptying nests, along with husbands who are crabby, disoriented, cheating, and want a younger woman. I have been married 35 years, raised four children (youngest is 21 finishing college) and still have issues with the kids being financially dependent in some way. I have a daughter who lives in NYC who fell, had to take off three weeks of work to have shoulder surgery and needed me to fly out and take care of her. Plus, my husband and I bailed her out of her rent for the month. She is 30 years old.