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I’ve been trying to cut down on the magazine / newspaper subscriptions of late. Motive: cost-cutting, focusing in on the work I’m supposed to be doing, the usurpation of blog-reading-time upon print-reading-time, and most importantly, a general effort to reduce the intellectual clutter around the house. Unread materials – whether books or ephemerals – make me feel wasteful and lazy.

But, try as I might, I’ve sent my credit card number in to the Guardian Weekly. Including the extra credits for a monthly translation of Le Monde Diplomatique.

With a little dilligence, could have read it on-line, right? And there are perhaps more important things to do with my time than page through this tabloid every Saturday afternoon.

What turned me around? Think it might have been a single factoid in the "We Haven’t Heard From You Yet" materials they sent day after day:

Apparently, Nelson Mandela had a subscription during his years on Robben Island.

Who the hell am I not to take out a subscription?

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December 1, 2004 at 1:05 am

Posted in Personal

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