old news.


as a lover of the printed page

i still happily await the arrival

of each sunday’s newspaper

on my doorstep

in spite of

sadly seeing this

 far too often.

“every day or two, I strolled to the village to hear some of the gossip which is incessantly going on there,

circulating either from mouth to mouth, or from newspaper to newspaper,

and which, taken in homeopathic doses,

was really as refreshing in its way as the rustle of leaves and the peeping of frogs.”

-henry david thoreau

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  1. We subscribed to our small town paper for over 20 years. We were/are transplants from the big city and never really have embedded into the community life. We just needed to a place with a good hospital. We were retired and tired.
    The $ of the paper went up and upon evaluation we realized that we only worked the puzzles and cut the coupons. I would read the letters to the editor and editorials and had been aware for at least 4 years that they were not of my liking. 😦

    We no longer subscribe.

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  2. I still like print media of all kinds. Hard copy stays put and doesn’t change with fads. I no longer have enough storage for all the books, magazines, and newspapers I’ve accumulated, so I’ve started re-reading some and reading others for the first time. It never gets old, even as I do.


  3. A couple of years ago they had a story about a newspaper stand on the lower west side of New York…used to sell a thousand copies of the Sunday Times each weekend…now down to a dozen at most…as you probably know, many of the country’s biggest papers don’t even put out a newspaper every day…3-4 a week for a “daily” paper!

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  4. My working years began at a small-town newspaper (I was fascinated by the printing process) and for decades my days started with the morning paper. We also had afternoon/evening editions. I finally stopped subscribing when it became clear that despite my spacious covered porch, the paper never landed closer than the front curb. And of course the computer and tv were much more timely. Still, there are times when there’s no substitute for a newspaper — when you need packing material or a way to properly wrap glass for recycling, as requested by my city (they still think we have newspapers?).

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  5. I’ve been wanting a real paper newspaper for a while now. My husband told me he needs some real newspaper to start up the coals for the smoker as the mail ads in the mailbox do not work well.
    Win-win. Hopefully I’ll remember today when I am in the grocery store.

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  6. XI Stephen Crane

    In a lonely place,
    I encountered a sage
    Who sat, all still,
    Regarding a newspaper.
    He accosted me:
    “Sir, what is this?”
    Then I saw that I was greater,
    Aye, greater than this sage.
    I answered him at once,
    “Old, old man, it is the wisdom of the age.”
    The sage looked upon me with admiration.

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  7. Me too, though our paper now comes by mail, and we get the Sunday paper on Monday. I will always prefer a hard copy or a digital one, though I’ve never read more books online than I have this year.

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