What is Fran Magazine?

Fran Magazine is a years-old joke from my Twitter bio where I called myself the editor in chief of Fran Magazine. Fran Magazine is not a real publication and I am not the editor in chief, but I wanted to be able to compete in a cutthroat new media industry with my byline-laden peers with a credit that has been taken seriously just enough times to make my life occasionally difficult. That said, I have been the editor in chief of Fran Magazine for six years.

OK, so then what is this Fran Magazine?

This Fran Magazine will be a weekly blog (yes! you heard me right: a blog. Not a diary! Not a newsletter! A b-l-o-g blog) giving me room to write casually but thoughtfully on pop culture. Most people are familiar with my writing on film and classical music, but I am looking to write about television and books as well, subjects otherwise relegated to a post-midnight text when the melatonin gummy hasn’t kicked in yet.

I’ve never heard of you. Who are you?

I’m a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. I’m a staff writer at Bright Wall/Dark Room and a regular contributor to NPR’s Here & Now. I am on Twitter reluctantly, Instagram occasionally, and Letterboxd compulsively. I have a master’s degree in writing from Rutgers University, for some reason.

Why subscribe?

If you subscribe, you’ll get two entries a month for me on new(ish) (let’s say… hm, I don’t know, the last six months) popular culture – tv, books, movies, classical music, contemporary music (lol – can you imagine?), gaming, Internet culture, whatever. Non-paying subscribers will enjoy all the latest thoughts on the aforementioned recent media that they are welcome to parrot while out with friends. If you’re looking to impress people you don’t know with your knowledge of the zeitgeist without having to engage with culture in a meaningful sense, this is the play.

Why pay to subscribe?

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Paid subscribers to Fran Magazine will get two additional entries a month on older pieces of pop culture. It’s $5 a month or $40 a year. I have never really understood why people say something like “it’s less than a cup of coffee” as if a cup of coffee is not necessary to survival. Ultimately, it is not my place to tell you whether or not those rates will stretch your budget; because I like money and I use it to make purchases both essential and non-essential, I hope it doesn’t.