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What’s black and white and read all over?

Today I had lunch with LP at a sort of one-stop shop for the emergency ration needs of the residents of the town where I'm serving now. There are soups of the day and a long list of sandwiches, wine and fancy coffee, sweets and food you can take home if you're too busy to fix dinner. We sat together over a chicken satay sandwich (me) and a bowl of salmon tomato bisque (LP), and I took a glance at the New York Times Wednesday Arts page, reading about a new play in which the author of a memoir is confronted with the truth that it is phony by her sister and a book about a young black woman that somehow got a cover with a white girl on it.

And I said, "I'm holding a newspaper in my hands and reading it. I never do this anymore. I feel like I'm on vacation in a foreign country."

Is newspaper even the right word anymore? I read the New York Times online, and I check in on the Huffington Post and very occasionally I read the local paper, also online. I seldom buy it unless I have a column on the religion page.

Do you read a paper newspaper?

22 thoughts on “What’s black and white and read all over?”

  1. I totally read the newspaper: my local rag, the Denton Record-Chronicle.
    Two reasons: I like to READ my news rather than have it read to me…that way I feel more in control of it (hahahaha)
    and I think it’s important to read the local news. All my adult life has been spent in smallish cities (just 2 different ones), and reading what’s local allows me to observe as my colleagues’ and acquaintances’ children go through school, win awards, get married…etc.

  2. Oh, and I forgot to say: I get the real live paper delivered to my house. And I read it in hard copy. Yes, I do!

  3. We always stop our newspaper subscription for the summer because it piles up when we’re gone — but I read the local paper during the school year.

  4. I’d also like to point out that the first time I heard that riddle was on the Adam West Batman show — and my mother had to explain it to me. That had to be more than 40 years ago ….

  5. Stoic Village has a weekly rag (one of many local community papers put out by the same publisher) that I am sorry to say I do not read. I live outside the delivery area, and do not shop in the places where it is sold. I do miss out on knowing who won at Bridge and Sheepshead that way.
    I do not read the independent local paper of the larger River Town, because it is so blatantly conservative I can’t stand to be in the same room with it.
    We gave up our sub to The Big Mean City Gazette as a move to live greener.
    But when I am in a hotel that gives out a free USA Today, I will get all nostalgic and hold one of those in my hand, just for old times’ sake!
    I’m afraid it is Salon, Huffington Post, NYT Online, and Chicago Trib Online for me. Oh, and Yahoo news.

  6. Only when we eat at the burrito place that has newspapers there to be read.
    We ate breakfast at Panera yesterday and spent $1.50 to buy a paper (the Beantown paper) and it felt so NOT worth it.
    But I still feel sad at the idea of newspapers going out of existence. Sort of hypocritical, I guess.

  7. I get home delivery of the local weekend papers, since I don’t have enough time during the week to read them. As a writer, I feel duty-bound to support others in my field.
    The irony? The local weekly I write a column for is free, but I read it online since hard copies can be hard to find. People love free stuff.

  8. I guess I’m just a dinosaur. We get the local 5-days-a-week paper, even though their events calendar is often wrong; and on Sundays we get the Portland paper and the New York Times. I get emailed headlines from the WaPo and the Strib (Twin Cities paper) and usually read an extra article or two online. However, when we were both working, we only got weekend papers and relied on NPR for news. Oh, and we usually pick up one or two of the free papers from the little towns around. Just addicts I guess.

  9. I read the Sunday NY Times in hard copy edition delivered to my door. LOVE it. Otherwise Mon-Sat I read it on line. I also get a daily local paper, which takes, um, 2 minutes to read. And I read portions of the Washington Post, online.

  10. I read the paper every day. It is delivered to my house.
    I like to hold it in my hands, I like to do the crossword, my husband likes to do the other puzzles, my daughter reads the horoscope and my son reads the sports.
    We do make the extreme effort of recycling the paper. Extreme because there is curbside recycling service here since Katrina and the only place to take newspapers is at ONE elementary school that collects the papers as a fundraiser.
    Interesting you write this today. In today’s paper my sister’s book was listed as a “new hot read” and when I called her at 6:30am to tell her, I was her second phone call. A friend of mine is one of the editor’s of the paper and she was thrilled to hear that at least 2 people had held the newspaper in their hands by that hour of the morning.
    But since you can’t hold our paper, I am including the link to Diana Rowland’s book: http://www.nola.com/books/index.ssf/2009/08/find_magic_and_woodstock_in_th.html#more

  11. We get the Sunday paper, because there’s something about the tactile sensation I can’t seem to give up, but the rest of the week, I read the news online.

  12. I have an everyday subscription to the Wall Street Journal thanks to my brother (he received a special discount since he was a student when he ordered it). I’m sorry to say that I don’t always have time to read it during a busy work week. As a result, it sometimes builds up a bit before guilt finally gets a hold of me and MAKES me read some of it, at least.
    I also have a weekend subscription to the Washington Post. I love the weekend edition of the Washington Post. 🙂

  13. i receive the l.a. times on the weekend, which is actually thursday through sunday. i love the sunday edition, despite all the changes and reductions the l.a.t. has undergone. i even do the crossword (or should i say, *attempt* the crossword).
    i read the n.y. times multiple times a day, but only online. if i could afford the w.s.j., i’d get it, too; i really like their weekend journal section.

  14. I don’t currently read any paper regularly. There is a free paper on the Tube but I tend to skim the headlines and then skip to the cryptic crossword.
    I don’t really listen to the news on the radio any more, either.
    I get most of my news from Twitter, blogs and occasionally from e-mail. People post links and I read them. I do seem to be able to keep up with most of the relevant national and international news this way, the really local stuff is more patchy though. For the last five or six years my community (or what I think of as my community) has not been all that geography-based… yes, there are plenty of us in London but many in other parts of the world, too.
    I am considering starting to read the local paper where I live, partly because I do want to be more associated with local community. I’ll have to see if the journalism is any good.

  15. I do. Every single morning. Something about sitting at the breakfast table reading the paper just reminds me of simpler times, and growing up. :c) Rarely read any “news” on-line.

  16. I read our daily paper and I read our twice a week local paper. I look forward to the papers, especially the local one. Both are delivered to my home. The first comes via a carrier, while the latter is mailed, but arrives on the same day it’s published. I read very little news online, but that’s mostly because I still (gasp!) have dial up internet as my only way to online resources; it takes too long to download.

  17. The Tattered Remnant of the Once Great Los Angeles Times still lands on my driveway every morning. And we read it with our breakfast. We also get a weekly free local paper delivered every Thursday. Sometimes I leaf through that, but I wouldn’t say that I read it.
    I will sometimes get the Sunday NY Times on my Kindle to poke through if I haven’t got anything else I want to read on there.
    I get most of my news from these here internets.

  18. I do, because I like to relax with it over breakfast or just sit on the couch and wander through it on a Sunday afternoon. You can’t relax like that with a computer on your lap. I just feel, whether or not this is rational, that a literate home includes a daily newspaper (even though the Houston Chronicle is not a very good newspaper, and I already read the main stories online the day before). I also enjoy our little local weekly, the Fort Bend Star, especially the editor’s ascerbic commentary on local and county politics.

  19. wow!
    we get the Globe delivered everyday, but I don’t go through the whole thing everyday. but I do like getting it.
    in the city where my church is, there is a weekly that EVERYBODY reads. It is delivered to EVERY house….but I can’t get them to deliver to the church–even when I offer to pay for it. what up with that? on Wednesdays I try to get to Whole Foods in time to pick one up, but I fail miserably at it.

  20. We read TWO newspapers every morning–the local Houston Chronicle and the Wall Street Journal. We are with the dinosaurs! Even though I LOVE my Kindle and read lots of magazines that I formerly read on paper online, I need my newspaper in the morning. And so does my husband. In fact he is much worse about it!

  21. I adore my local weekly paper, and scour it every Thursday late afternoon–a HUGE ritual for me!

  22. I have NEVER been a paper reader. I listened to the radio news before the days of the ‘net. I can’t stand the SMELL of a newspaper, especially if it has gotten at all damp. DH subscribes to the local daily, and that bring the second reason I hate it. The pile of paper just seems to grow and grow. I had a lady stop me in front of the grocery store one day and say “we’ll deliver it to your house everyday!” with such a perky smile. I smiled right back and said “and will you come take it away every day?” she seemed puzzled.
    Now I read my home-town paper, the local, and the bbc pages.

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