For some reason this picture has always fascinated me. As a New Yorker subscriber, I have always been satisfied with the skillful stories, excellent writing and not-so-subtle bias for which the magazine is famous. Left-thinking people probably use the New Yorker as a barometer or mirror of the political landscape in this country. Right-thinking people undoubtably view many sources, of which the New Yorker is one, as just another example of the liberal media. However, the best approach is to read them all. Read as much as possible. Read whenever you can. And when you can’t read, listen to a podcast. Personally, I consume as much as I’m able. Politically, I try to balance my consumption as best I can.
One of the hardest things about my interests is finding time to consume all the great writing, researching and publishing that is going on right now. This is particularly true in the area of current events and politics. There’s always another column, blog or website to check. And depending on where you are in life – grad school in Boston, working on the Hill in DC or launching a new venture in New York City – there’s a feeling that one should always be more in touch or better read. In fact, I suspect many of the commentators and bloggers today simply spend all day reading and commenting across the Interweb. I’m jealous. I’m a devoted Slate Political Gabfest listener, struggling New Yorker reader (they just come so often), and constant headline gazer, yet I’m woefully inadequate when it comes to absorbing all angles on a story. Nevertheless, I’ll do my best to tie my blog into the large national conversation whether on the left, right, center or fringe.