Thanks to my writer friend Steven who got me hooked on the idea.
And like Michael Kruse, I read the paper paper. And no, I am not 80. I love the question Michael poses in his blog (so much so that I stole it for this post heading).
I’ve learned a lot over the last few months reading real ink on paper every day.
First. Reading words from really brilliant writers and a variety of voices everyday inspires more writing.
Scott Ginsberg told me once that writing is the basis of all wealth. Iâ€™ve come to believe that is not just wealth in dollars but wealth in knowledge. Writing inspires thinking.
But here is the most important thing about real newspapers.
I feel I am holding community in my hands.
Hard to explain really.
I feel as if I am hearing the stories of our world through the eyes and hearts of others. The good, the happy and the struggles. And that is community at its finest. I feel a connection to the world that makes me feel a part of something other than my small little universe.
I worry about our twitter frenzied, facebook happy posting world. I worry that we are missing something much more important in our me focused-ness. (Yes, I am guilty of it.) I worry that we are missing the bigger picture. Reading the New York Times each day makes me feel like a citizen of us. And that is much more remarkable than being a citizen of me.
Do you read the paper paper?
OX. Happy Tuesday.