Yeah you did, and I have Within the Frame sitting on my bookshelf while I finish off The Photographers Mind, Michael Freeman. I'm not clever enough to try and read two books at the same time. But yeah, having had a browse through it I see what you're saying, and looks really insightfull.
I suppose I was really suggesting this should be part of a magazines approach to photo guides and 'how-to' sections. Although more and more, I'm struggling to justify buying a magazine when everything is covered in books (and in detail) or it's online, or even in podcasts which I listen to while I work. I don't want to come across like just because magazines don't cover specifically what I want I'm going off them - thats not the case, and far be it from me to effectively slate other peoples hard work and commitment. But the more magazines I buy (probably about 2-3 a month) the more I realise they're all printing the same sorts of things; firstly, they're nearly all having to compromise the skill level they're aiming at, so no-one is fully satisfied. The newbies need more basics, the intermediates need more details, and not being a pro I have no idea why they'd read it. The second thing is, one magazine is much the same as another in terms of overall content and approach.. even layout. I find it hard to stick to one mag over another, tending to pick up ones that have a subject that grabs my interest rather than really liking the mag overall.
Now, this is totally my opinion. I'm not saying that it's the case, but thats my take on it. I realise that some people (especially the ones making the magazine) may feel offended, or that I'm ungrateful and I've no idea what I'm talking about, and who am I to judge. All of thats true, but at least I'm being honest, and at least I'm saying whats on my mind rather than just moving on. I understand the various pressures to print some items over others, and the market research has probably been done, and thats why all magazines put out what they do. It's not a rant, and I'm not angry, I suppose I find myself finishing a magazine and feeling a bit depressed at the amount I've learnt or that's even sparked my interest. Perhaps there's only so much to say?