I always read about people having multiple subscriptions to literary magazines. Probably I was drunk, but [that night] got to thinking - maybe with a subscription to all that is hot, febrile in magazine form, I might have plenty to say - casual conversations, might improve my lot somewhat, entertain ladies at bus stops. Always an ambition to have a 'nice' magazine resting round the house, counters the chaos, so I, almost randomly...also I like American advertisements, so I got a subscription ...but it is a bit boring. Two copies now - both are quite boring. I have to wait twelve months till I can try the next one - Tin House. Is the Atlantic 'quite boring' to an American audience? Am I not the right sort of reader, maybe too stupid?