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?