Posted by: Jeanie F | November 15, 2009

The Sunday Times

I know that whatever I say here will be greeted with a “well, DUH!” by New Yorkers, but as a Southern Californian I have it say it – thank God for the Sunday New York Times!

My work week is generally heavily scheduled, so Monday through Friday I barely catch up with the headline news that makes it into the front section of the LA Times. Sadly, as newspapers have lost readership and scaled back, my hometown paper has faded to a shadow of its former self. In fact, the banner is now responsible for about 6″ of the prized “front page, over-the-fold” real estate. Don’t even get me started on the “Book Review.”

A year ago, I became so distressed over the decline of the LA Times that my dear husband got me a subscription to the Sunday New York Times as an anniversary gift. Now, for some of you this may seem like an odd choice – why not jewelry, clothes, breast enhancements, the more typical anniversay gifts? – but this has truly been a gift that keeps on giving. Some of the best moments in my week occur on Sunday morning with Frank Rich, Maureen Dowd, Mark Mazzetti and the other excellent contributers to the Sunday paper.

The NYT Magazine is always interesting (loved the article on the Obamas’ marriage!) and, of course, there is the Book Review. Sam Tanenhaus and his talented team of reviewers are a gift to biliophiles everywhere. I almost never purchase a book I haven’t vetted through the NYT and, while I don’t always agree with their opinions, they  always offer a perspective worth considering.

So, to you people in New York and around the country who continue to value and support real newspapers, I can only say thank you for keeping this important publication alive and kicking. We really cannot afford to lose it!

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