The "Wash & Fold" Edition
Happy continued Black History Month!
Nice to see you today…apologies for last week’s hiatus which was due to heavier-duty travel than usual and a book deadline. You will hear more about that book project later but suffice it to say that the book is not about me. I am the editor but not the subject, at least not directly.
This is an every-so-often note about paywalls and subscriptions to news services. A few folks have written in. They vary from inquisitive to downright peeved with a capital F. It’s tough when I hear that people are interested in reading something I’ve linked to, but are prevented from doing so because they are not subscribers to that publication. I used to avoid the more mainstream publication back in the Olde Dayes of the late 2010s because I thought that was boring and you could read your own New York Times or New Yorker or Economist or Vogue. Now, I tend to include more of those in the hopes that it’s still valuable to curate those links because those papers’ and magazines’ sites and apps just don’t serve the breadth of what there is to read. Even when I think “everyone” must have seen something, I can see by click rates and emails people send me that they hadn’t yet read it. The ole’ algorithms just ain’t what they’re cracked up to be.
The challenge is that not “everybody” subscribes to everything. And not every publication has a free number of articles to read per month or over time. So I’ll repeat what I usually say here—it’s annoying, I know. Especially if you *are* a subscriber and the crappy app or website doesn’t recognize you (New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Athletic, The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal— hell, most all of you, I’m talking to you)! But if you’re not a subscriber and you find yourself consistently clicking on the same publication’s link, maybe consider subscribing. The intro rates are very low and it’s true, you can “cancel any time” and it’s not hard to do that. And, um, even if it is a little expensive and you don’t cancel — yes it, um, costs money to run a newspaper and have journalists and report important news and take powerful photos and run the whole thing.
Okay that’s the apology/tsk tsk for now.
More travel and more deadlines ahead this week, but hopefully I won’t miss *this* Sunday morning deadline any time soon.
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Happy Superbowl Sunday,