Saturday, October 04, 2008

The Economist

Most of you, that know me, are aware of my devotion to British "newspaper" The Economist. On a good week, I read it pretty much cover to cover (minus the Britain section for some reason) and, on a bad week, I hit the highlights, of which there are many. Here's a nice little wikipedia blurb about The Economist:
The Economist once bragged about its limited circulation. In the early 1990s it used the slogan "The Economist - not read by millions of people." "Never in the history of journalism has so much been read for so long by so few," wrote Geoffrey Crowther, a former editor.
Ben Makin, no less an authority than Geoffrey Crowther, once said something in the nature of "The Economist is not really liberal or conservative, it's just right." I agree, completely.
Anyway, I'm not really writing to convince you to read The Economist. Just the obituary section, which might be my favorite thing I read all week, besides bamarealist.blogspot.com. In the past year they've written obits for everyone from Albert Hoffman (LSD inventor), to Arthur C. Clarke to Benazir Bhutto to the Creature from the Black Lagoon to Gary Gygax (creator of Dungeons and Dragons). Last year they did one on Karlheinz Stockhausen and I recently read one on some British guy who basically spent his whole life riding his bike across deserts, carrying it through jungles and seeing the world. Worth your time.

Also from wikipedia, re: The Economist
In The Simpsons episode "Catch 'Em If You Can", Homer is traveling by air in first class and says "Look at me, I'm reading The Economist. Did you know Indonesia is at a crossroads?" and when questioned by his wife, he simply replies "It is!" Four days later, with its customary dry wit, The Economist alluded to the quote, and published an article about Indonesia referring to the "crossroads". The title of the issue was "Indonesia's Gambit".[58][59] About seven months later, The Economist ran a cover headline reading "Indonesia at a Crossroads.

2 Comments:

Blogger hostage crisis said...

i admire your devotion to the economist. i subscribed at mcsquared's urging a few years ago and, for a few weeks, was really enjoying feeling like a responsible world citizen. i even tried to figure out how exactly inflation works and wikipedia'ed "trade tariffs." alas, after a while, those boys started backing up in my mailbox and i started watching tv again.

really good to see everyone friday night. love the house, mk.

10/06/2008 10:08 AM  
Blogger Huevos McGringo said...

thanks, HC. great to see everybody.


apparently mc2 isn't the only one who reads the economist:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone/1008/What_Palin_reads_NY_Times_Economist.html?showall
so a week after being unable to name a publication she reads, palin now claims she reads the economist and the nytimes. give me a fucking break.

i for one do subscribe, though i confess that most weeks i only get through the leaders and the US coverage.

10/06/2008 2:25 PM  

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