A Careful Dissection of the Sunday Paper

I read a ridiculous amount of news every morning, online. Just about all of it is in RSS feeds or e-mail newsletters so that I have no obligation to even think. But, on Sunday mornings, I revel in the feeling of a big, thick newspaper.

I get the Washington Post. For a big paper here, I could have chosen the Baltimore Sun, the erstwhile patron of the utterly impressive H.L. Mencken. The chief argument in its favor is that the Sun focuses a good deal more on local news. However, it is relegated to a feed on my RSS reader.

I love the Post. Its coverage verges on the epic. I think an argument can be made that it ranks in the top three U.S. papers. It definitely offers the top political coverage.

And, glory be, the Post still has a book section.

So, every Sunday morning, my better half and I meander to a local diner with our newspaper. There is a ritualized order to how we each proceed with the paper.

The ads and coupons are divided up first. He has his favorite stores and I’ll be damned if I’ll ever pay full price for cereal, which is probably a good plan what with the uncertainties of a freelance career.

He reads the front section. The sports section gets tossed immediately. The book and jobs sections get set aside for careful perusal. And I read everything else. Even the obits.

I pull pages that apply to topics I write about on a regular basis. I pull stories that I think I can turn into a query for a new market. Sometimes I think I pull half the paper.

It all goes on to a pile next to my desk, joining free publications, flyers and magazines I’m getting around to. I do try very hard to get around to these ideas fairly quickly. Newspapers go stale so quickly, after all.

So, what publication would you spend a morning with? What publication do you find it worthwhile to subscribe to?

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